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Farmers Markets

Farmer's MarketIf you’ve got a hankering for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, or eggs, then farmer’s markets and farm stands are a great local and statewide resource where you can use your SNAP/Food Stamp benefits. Much of the food is organic and really fresh. Summer and winter markets are available throughout the state.

Remember Market Match?
It’s a 2 for 1 incentive, so for every SNAP dollar you spend you can get another dollar to spend at the market. Many markets use Market Match – be sure to ask when you get to the farmer’s market if you are not sure. Market Match can double the amount of Food Stamp/SNAP benefits you can spend at the market! The attached links have a list of summer and winter markets. Fruits and vegetables at winter markets are different than the fruits and vegetables at summer markets. Potatoes, squash, Brussel sprouts and carrots are some of the root vegetable you can find. And don’t forget about the apples and honey! Many times vendors can give you simple recipes or tips on how to prepare the vegetable and fruit you purchase.

Shopping at farmers markets or farm stands also helps your community’s farmers. What’s good for you is also good for them!

Read our brochure on Farmers Markets Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for more detailed information on using your benefits at local farmers markets.

Check the listing of farmers markets, winter markets, and markets that participate in incentive programs.

New Standard Utility Allowance

Do you get internet at home or on your phone? Internet is now considered a utility in determining Food Stamp benefits. If you pay for internet, you may be eligible for a new SUA that might increase your Food Stamp benefits. If you already pay for heat or two utilities, you will not be eligible for the new SUA. Ask your caseworker for more information.

About The Food Stamp/SNAP ProgramFamily Eating Dinner

The Food Stamp/SNAP Program is about good nutrition and health. It provides eligible people with benefits to buy food items at grocery stores, farmers markets and other approved food retailers.

The Food Stamp/SNAP Program also gives recipients a chance to learn more about purchasing and preparing nutritious meals.

You may qualify for food stamp/SNAP benefits depending on your household size, income, expenses and resources. You may qualify even if you own your home, have no home, live with someone else or live alone. You can have a job and you don't have to have children as long as your household meets eligibility guidelines. The Program gives deductions for things like housing costs, utilities, medical costs and child care.

Don’t assume that you won’t be eligible. The only way to find out is to apply.

You can apply on line at You can print an application from this website and mail it in. Or you can call the Client Services Call Center at 271-9700 or 1-800-852-3345 extension 9700 and they will mail you an application.

If you have an unresolved Food Stamp concern/complaint, you can work with your District Office to address it, complete and submit the Unresolved Food Stamp Complaints Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol form, or you may file your concerns through our webmail portal.

What You Can Buy With Your Food Stamp/Snap BenefitsItems you can buy with SNAP

With your Food Stamp/SNAP benefits you can buy milk and other dairy products; meat, fish, poultry, eggs and beans; cereals, rice, pasta and other grain products; any ingredient used for baking or cooking; fruits and vegetables; cold deli foods for home consumption; ice and water for human consumption; infant formula, some special dietetic or diabetic food and "natural" or "organic" food items; and garden seeds and plants for growing food at home.

You cannot buy any kind of beer, alcohol or wine; any type of tobacco products; non-food items like cleaning products, soap and paper products; drugstore medicines such as aspirin, cough syrup and vitamins; items to preserve food such as jars and freezer containers; any "hot" prepared foods that are ready to eat; and foods not for people such as pet foods.

How You Will Receive and Use Your Food Stamp/SNAP Benefits

In line at the checkoutYour food stamp/SNAP benefits are directly deposited once a month into your Electronic Benefits Transfer food stamp account. You will use an EBT debit card to go shopping at participating grocery stores. At check out, you will use the same card machine used by all other customers. No one will know how you are paying for your food except the cashier and you. The store clerk is trained to assist you if you need help. You can learn more about EBT at the EBT webpage.

Food Stamp Program Work Rules

Please read this important information about work rules for certain Food Stamp recipients:

If you do not understand these rules or have questions about them, please contact your local District Office or Client Services.

Are You Eligible For WIC?

If you are pregnant or have young children up to the age of 5 years old, you may be eligible for the WIC Nutrition Program. WIC offers nutritious foods, like milk and cheese and fruits and vegetables, along with nutrition education and breastfeeding support. To apply, call WIC at 1-800-942-4321 or visit the WIC Program's webpage for more information.

Food Stamp Employment & Training Program

If you get Food Stamps/SNAP, we have services that can help you find and get a job. Find out more at the FSET webpage.

Food Stamp Nondiscrimination Notice

Declaración de No-Discriminación Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (Spanish)
गैर भेदभाव बयान Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (Nepali)

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and in some cases religion and political beliefs.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination with USDA, complete USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at US Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (use this link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at

To file a complaint of discrimination regarding a program receiving Federal financial assistance through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).

USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.

You may also write Ombudsman, NH DHHS, 129 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301-3857 or call (603) 271-6941 or 1-800-852-3345 ext. 6941. TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 or 711.

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