Local Food at Stores: Farm Fresh Rewards

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Farm Fresh Rewards and Pine Tree Card

Get a $5 fruit and veggie voucher for every $5 you spend on local food!

How To Earn and Spend Farm Fresh Rewards

Currently, these locations offer Farm Fresh Rewards:
4 Season Farm Market (Auburn)
Belfast Co-op (Belfast)
Blue Hill Coop (Blue Hill)
Frinklepod Farm Store (Arundel)
The Farm Stand (South Portland)
Gardiner Food Co-op (Gardiner)
Ginny’s Natural Corner (Skowhegan)
Good Tern Co-op (Rockland)
Machias Marketplace (Machias)
-The Morris Farm Store (Wiscasset)
Rising Tide Community Market (Damariscotta)
-Rosemont Market: West End (Portland)
Royal River Natural Foods (Freeport)
Sheepscot General Store (Whitefield)
Spice and Grain (Fryeburg)
Portland Food Co-op (Portland)
Uncle Dean’s Natural Market (Waterville)

Offers another incentive:
47 Daisies Farm Market (Vassalboro)

Find a store near you: Look for the Farm Fresh Rewards markers on the map!

What we hear about Farm Fresh Rewards: 

“This program is on many levels a life-saver, in that I get to eat…good quality food, I get to support my local farmers and vendors, and in my mind all of that is a win-win. Overall the mental and physical health benefits and the opportunity to get more food is huge for me. It’s a big deal.” –Customer

“We really love that our local food co-op “The Belfast Coop” offers nutrition incentives. It is a win for our farm and fellow farmers in that more people are encouraged to buy local products (hopefully [our] yogurt and kefir!) and great for our community that folks can utilize these programs to support our local co-ops and small businesses, and fantastic that families get to see their benefits stretched further and are able to enjoy fresh local fruits and veggies grown in their communities.” –Farmer

Click here for more findings about the program.

Tips for using the program: 

  • Buy more, get more: Get a $5 voucher for every $5 you spend on local food
  • Look for labels identifying local products
  • Vouchers are good for fresh, frozen, and dried local fruits and vegetables with no added sugars, salt, or fats
  • Earn and spend vouchers in $5 increments, so look for small local items (like garlic) to help you round up
  • Vouchers can be spent on your next purchase or saved up for when benefits run low
  • Note the expiration date on your vouchers
  • Spend vouchers at any participating store

Some Frequently Asked Questions, and answers:

  1. How does this program work?
    If paying with SNAP/EBT at any of the participating stores, customers get FREE vouchers to be spent on local fruits and vegetables when buying local food.
  2. Who is eligible for this program?
    Any customer paying with SNAP/EBT (formerly called food stamps, or in Maine the “Food Supplement program” or the Pine Tree Card).
  3. What do you earn vouchers on?
    Local products that are also SNAP-eligible. Local labels and shelf tags can help you find products that qualify for earning vouchers.
  4. What can you spend vouchers on?
    Any Maine-grown fruit or vegetable. This includes fresh, frozen, and dried products with no added sugars, salts, or fats.
  5. Are these programs only available in the summertime?
    This is available all year! More and more farmers are growing food through the winter. Some of the stores do change hours in the winter.
  6. Can I use the vouchers at other stores?
    Yes, vouchers are now valid at all participating retail stores.
  7. Can I use vouchers at farmers markets?
    No. Maine Harvest Bucks is our sister nutrition incentive program, but Farm Fresh Rewards vouchers CANNOT be used at Maine Harvest Bucks sites and vice versa. However, anyone using SNAP benefits is encouraged to participate in both programs.
  8. How is this program funded?
    Funding for this program comes from a federal grant, and much of it also comes from individual donors, communities, and other foundations. If anyone has questions or wants to support this program, please send them to Maine Farmland Trust.
  9. How does this help farmers?
    The vouchers you get and spend for local produce are fully paid for by Maine Farmland Trust, through our grant and other funding. The farmer gets full price for everything you buy through this program, including the extra food you get with the vouchers! By increasing the amount of foods you buy that are produced by Maine farmers, you are building their sales, which supports the growth of their overall farm business.

Click here for longer list of FAQs.

Still have questions? Want to offer incentives at your retail store?
We’d love to hear from you.
Contact Shannon, shannon@mainefarmlandtrust.org or (207) 338-6575.

Supported by USDA FINI and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.