SNAP for CSA

In 2022, KY Farm Share Coalition is partnering with Kentucky Double Dollars and Lexington Farmers Market to offer a 10-week SNAP for CSA program. Participants will get to double their SNAP funds to get 10 weeks of CSA shares for the price of 5 weeks. 

  

If you are interested in taking part read below for all the program details and go to the Kentucky Double Dollars site to complete the interest form! 

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

CSA is a convenient way to get fresh food from a local farm each week. Members sign up in advance of the season and then get a weekly bag of farm fresh vegetables.

 

What are the benefits of the SNAP for CSA program? 

  • Participants can apply SNAP funds towards a CSA share and get double the value using Kentucky Double dollars funds. 

  • Members will be guaranteed a mini or small share that offers 6 -7 vegetables and some fruits  and have the ability to swap items each week using an online account. 

  • Each week their will be a farm newsletter or email with updates, recipes, and tips from the partner farm about how to use your share. 

  • Participants receive USDA certified organic produce grown at peak ripeness that is fresh and flavorful. 

What is the cost and how do I pay?

The first week of the CSA participants go to the Lexington Farmers Market Booth and swipe their benefits card for the cost of two shares ($54.50) and then receive four CSA vouchers (a $109 value), one to give to the farm that week and one for next three weeks. The following weeks members have vouchers they do not need to go to the farmers market booth they can simply give the voucher to their partner farm. When they are out of vouchers they swipe their benefits card for an additional four vouchers. The total cost for the 10-week season is $136.25. 

How long is the program? 

This program is offered for 10 weeks starting the weekend of July 9th/10th through September. 

What partner farms can I choose from?

The SNAP for CSA partner farms for the 2022 CSA season are Elmwood Stock Farm and Lazy Eight Stock Farm. Read their farm bios here.  

When and where do I pick up?

It depends on what partner farm you choose. Elmwood Stock Farm participants can pick up their share every Saturday at the Downtown Lexington Farmers Market from 8am-2pm at Tandy Centennial Park (formerly Cheapside Park) & Pavilion or Sunday at Southland Drive from 10am-2pm. Lazy Eight Stock Farm CSA members can pick up their share every Sunday at the Southland Drive location from 10am-2pm. 

What comes in my CSA share?

Each mini or small share will be a variety of 6-7 vegetables and some fruits from the farm. All participants will receive enough produce to cook at least 2-3 meals per week. There will also be an option to customize items ahead of the season using an online account if desired. 

How will I receive reminders about my share? 

Each week of the CSA season you will get an email reminder to customize your share on Wednesday/Thursday and then pick up your share on Saturday/Sunday. 

How do I participate?

If you would like to take part in this 10-week CSA pilot program and pick-up at the Lexington Farmers Market please fill out the sign-up form on Kentucky Double Dollars website here and KY Farm Share Coalition will be in touch with more details.

If you have questions before signing up contact KY Farm Share Coalition CSA program coordinator Katie Harvey at katie@oak-ky.org or 859-428-7944.

Project Partners

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SNAP for CSA  Partner Farms 

Elmwood Stock Farm is a sixth-generation family farm situated on 550 acres just outside Georgetown, Kentucky. USDA certified organic since 2000, Elmwood Stock Farm produces wholesome vegetables, fruits, pantry items, pasture-raised eggs, poultry and pork, and grass-fed, grass-finished beef and lamb.

 

Mac and Ann Stone, Ann’s brother, John Bell, and a great support team produce healthy and delicious weekly CSA Farm Shares. CSA shareholders benefit from Elmwood Stock Farm’s many years of growing for CSA, from a well-planned weekly share to the opportunity to swap and add items and the ability to skip a week for vacation from your secure online account. Have your vegetable, meat or egg share delivered to your home, or choose to pick up from more than a dozen community locations.

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Lazy Eight Stock Farm is a small family farm located in Madison and Garrard County along the banks of the Paint Lick Creek.

 

We pour our hearts and souls into raising USDA Certified Organic vegetables for our CSA Members, the lifeblood of our farm. We offer a

21-week customizable CSA and host several on farm events each season for our members to come and share the seasonal bounty.

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