You’ll be going to the Durham Farmers’ Market this Saturday, right? Of course, because you never miss the chance to support your local farmers, plus there’s always something really tasty in season. This Saturday (Oct. 25) is going to be extra special at Durham Farmers’ Market as they host their first Annual Vendor Costume Contest.
Many of the vendors you know may look a little different this Saturday because they will be coming to market in costume and we get to vote for our favorite! The best part of this special event is that it will raise funds for the market’s Double Bucks Program, a part of the SNAP/EBT program. In April, the Durham Farmers’ Market began accepting SNAP benefits. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program formerly known as Food Stamps. In July the market implemented an incentive program called Double Bucks. The Double Bucks Program matches SNAP dollars up to $10, which helps customers using SNAP benefits stretch their dollar even further. This means that when a customer using SNAP spends $10, they will get $20 worth of fresh food, helping those food dollars go a long, long way. The market hopes to raise $10,000 for the program to ensure future funding.
This is where we come in. We (the customers) can purchase tickets at the market’s information table (found at the center of the pavilion) and we’ll use those tickets to cast our vote. Tickets are available for $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. Each ticket equals one vote. The more tickets you buy the more you can “stuff the ballet box” to help your favorite costumed farmer win. Plus, each ticket enters us into a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate to Geer Street Garden (oh boy!). To vote for our favorite costumed farmer all we need to do is drop the tickets into the jars located at the vendor’s booth. Easy peasy!
Voting early and often is highly encouraged. Hope to see you all out there voting this Saturday (I’ll be the one in the tall pointy hat – aren’t homemade costumes the best?!).