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Dubuque Farmers Market to open in early May

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque Farmers' Market (DFM) will open for the season Saturday, May 2, and this year, it'll feature new opportunities for its customers and an abundance of homegrown and handmade items.

Part of the reason for that: the DFM has received a USDA Farmers' Market Promotion Program grant to increase access to local, fresh food for customers paying with EBT, debit or credit cards. 

The DFM will also launch its new Market Money program to customers, which allows customers with SNAP benefits a chance to swipe their cards and receive dollar-for-dollar, $1 tokens that can be used to purchase SNAP-eligible items at participating vendors. 

To help combat a lack of access to the Dubuque Farmers' Market among low-income consumers, a partnership has been formed with The Jule, Dubuque's Public Transit System. Each customer who shops with their SNAP card to receive a minimum of $5 in Market Money tokens will receive two free The Jule rider passes. (Limited to one transaction per shopper per day, while supplies last. $5 minimum transaction to qualify.) Both fixed-route and mini-bus passes will be available. Two passes will allow shoppers to get home that day, and return to Farmers' Market the following Saturday.

The Dubuque Farmers' Market is open every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., May through October.  Fore more information, contact Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400 or visit www.dubuquefarmersmarket.org.

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