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Farm Fresh Rewards: Local Food at Retail Stores



Farm Fresh Rewards and Pine Tree Card

Spend $5 on Local Food

Get $5 in Farm Fresh Rewards


How To Earn and Spend Farm Fresh Rewards

Here’s how it works:


2019 Farm Fresh Rewards Locations:

4 Season Farm Market

9 3rd St, Auburn
Belfast Co-op

123 High St, Belfast
Blue Hill Co-op

70 South St, Blue Hill 

Fare Share Co-op*

443 Main St, Norway 

The Farm Stand

161 Ocean St, South Portland

Frinklepod Farm Store

244 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel 

Gardiner Food Co-op

269 Water St, Gardiner
Ginny’s Natural Corner

217 North Ave, Skowhegan
Good Tern Co-op

750 Main St, Rockland
Machias Marketplace

76 US-1, Machias

Marsh River Co-op

5 Veterans Highway, Brooks
The Morris Farm Store

156 Gardiner Rd, Wiscasset

Nezinscot Farm Store 

284 Turner Center Rd, Turner

Portland Food Co-op 

290 Congress St, Portland

Rising Tide Community Market

323 Main St, Damariscotta
Rosemont Market: West End

40 Pine St, Portland
Royal River Natural Foods

443 US-1, Freeport
Sheepscot General Store

98 Town House Rd, Whitefield
Spice and Grain 

17 Portland St, Fryeburg

Uncle Dean’s Natural Market 

5825, 80 Grove St, Waterville

*Farm Fresh Rewards currently works a little differently at this store. Check with store staff for an update.

 


Find a Store Near You: Look for Farm Fresh Rewards Markers on the map!



Helpful Tips for Using Farm Fresh Rewards: 

  • Buy more, get more: Get a $5 voucher for every $5 spent on local food
  • Use the map above to look find participating location, and look in-store for labels to find food products that qualify for the program
  • Vouchers can be used for on fresh, frozen, and dried local fruits and vegetables that contain no added salt, sugars, or fats
  • Each voucher is worth $5. You must spend the full $5 on local food to earn one and must spend the full $5 on fruits and veggies to use one. Look for small local items (like garlic) to help balance the costs
  • Vouchers can be spent on your next purchase or saved for later in the season
  • Remember to check the expiration dates on your vouchers – use them before it is too late!
  • Vouchers can be used at any market participating in the FFR program. You do not have to spend them at the stores where you earned them

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.


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.


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

Supported by USDA FINI through Farm Fresh Rhode Island.

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