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Boston Bounty Bucks

TFP Youth at the Market
TFP Youth at the Market

The Boston Bounty Bucks program is now run by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. Please contact Jennifer Obadia at jennifer@bostonfoodandfitness.org or 617-636-4315 for more information.

The Food Project has been a leader in creating innovative programs that provide affordable access to healthy food across Greater Boston. In 2008, The Food Project partnered with the City of Boston to pilot the Boston Bounty Bucks program to enable all residents of Boston to have access to the produce available at city farmers’ markets and to strengthen the economy of local farmers. Boston Bounty Bucks provides farmers’ markets with EBT terminals and promotes the use of SNAP benefits by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching incentive for all SNAP purchases up to $10.

Boston Bounty Bucks started as a pilot program at a few markets. Since then, the program has expanded to 20 of Boston's 26 farmers' markets. During the 2011 season, $120,000 of combined SNAP benefits and Boston Bounty Bucks incentives were spent at farmers’ markets in Boston.

At the end of 2011, TFP transferred management of Boston Bounty Bucks to the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. For more information about the current program, please contact Jennifer Obadia, Boston Farmers Markets Coordinator, at jennifer@bostonfoodandfitness.org or 617-636-4315.

 

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How it works

  • Visit the Market Information Table at any of the participating farmers' markets, listed below, to ask how Boston Bounty Bucks are handled at that market
  • At some markets, you can make your selections first and then pay while the farmers hold your purchases. At others, you will be asked to decide how much you want to buy on that day first, swipe your card, and then receive Boston Bounty Bucks to shop with.
  • For purchases up to $20, your EBT card will be debited for half the cost.
  • For purchases over $20, your EBT card will be debited for the total cost minus $10.
  • The Market Manager will give you Boston Bounty Bucks equal to the amount of your purchase.
  • Give these to the farmer to pay for your purchase.
  • Boston Bounty Bucks must be used at the market where they were issued.
  • Enjoy your food!

 

Boston Farmers' Markets that Participate in the Boston Bounty Bucks Program

Name of Market Location and Contact Info Day of Week and Time Season
Allston Farmers Market 175 N. Harvard St., Allston, MA 02134

Fri.

3:00- 7:00

June 14- Oct. 25
Allston Village Farmers Market 500 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134

Sat.

11:00- 3:00

May 12- Oct. 26

Ashmont/Peabody Sq.  Farmers Market

 

1928 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124
 

 

 

Fri.

3:00-7:00

July 21- Oct. 18

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market

Menino Pavillion, 840 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

 

Fri

11:30-2:30

June 14- Oct. 25

Boston Public Market at City Hall

1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

 

Mon., Wed.

11:00- 6:00

May 20- Nov. 27

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square

600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02210
 

Tues., Thurs.

11:30-6:30

May 21-Nov. 26

Bowdoin/Geneva Farmers Market

230 Bowdoin St., Dorchester, MA 02122 (parking lot of the Bowdoin St. Health Center)
 

Thurs.

2:30-6:30

June 20- Oct. 31

Codman Sq. Farmers Market

597 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
 

Thurs.

1:00-6:00

June 20- Oct. 24

Copley Sq. Farmers Market

532 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

 

Tues., Fri.

11:00-6:00

May 14- Nov. 26

Dorchester House Farmers Market

1353 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02122 (parking lot of Dorchester House MultiService Center)

Tues.

11:30-1:30

June 25- Oct. 8

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market

Corner of Dudley St. & Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119

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Tues.

3:00-7:00

June 4- Oct. 29

East Boston Farmers Market

11 Henry St., Boston, MA 02128
 

Thurs.

3:00-6:30

July 18- Oct. 17

Egleston Farmers Market

45 Brookside Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

 

Sat.

10:00-2:00

June 2- Oct. 12

Fields Corner Farmers Market

1513 Dorchester Ave.,
Dorchester, MA 02122

 

Sat.

9:00-noon

July 6- Oct. 23

Mattapan Square Farmers Market

525 River St., Mattapan, MA 02126

 

Sat.

10:00-2:00

July 13-Oct. 12

Mission Hill Farmers Market: Brigham Circle

725 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

 

Thurs.

12:00-6:00

June 20-Oct. 21

Mission Hill Farmers Market: Roxbury Crossing 1420 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02120

Tues.

2:00- 7:00

June 18- Nov. 26
Prudential Center Farmers Market 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Thurs.

11:00-6:00

May 16- Oct. 24

ReVision Urban Farm Stand

1032 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester MA 02124

 

Thurs. & Fri.,

2:30-6:30

Sat.

10:00-2:00

July 5- Oct. 13

Roslindale Farmers Market

72 Poplar St., Roslindale, MA 02131

Sat.

9:00-1:30

June 1- Nov. 23

South Boston Farmers Market

446 W. Broadway,
 South Boston, MA 02127

 

Mon.

12:00-6:00

May 7- Nov. 5 

For more information and listings by neighborhood, visit http://bostonfarmersmarkets.org or call 617-636-4315.

 

Lynn Bounty Bucks

The Boston Bounty Bucks program was modeled after the EBT incentive program that we started in Lynn in 2006. The Lynn program is still running, with the support of Wholesome Wave and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading.

Research about Boston Bounty Bucks

See our research page for an extensive report on the 2009 BBB program.

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