Nutritious Food For All

Shop The Market

The Moscow Farmers Market strives to be a venue that is accessible to all of our patrons. In 2008, our market was the first in the State of Idaho to facilitate SNAP/EBT transactions. Thanks to a partnership with Backyard Harvest, our Shop The Market program continues to be offered to individuals who receive SNAP/EBT benefits.

To use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the Market, visit the Backyard Harvest tent located by the fountain and main street clock. Your benefits will be issued in the form of Shop The Market tokens in $1 and $5 increments to buy eligible items like: fresh produce (vegetables and fruit), loaves of bread, cheese, honey, herbs, eggs, meat, nuts, and more!

Backyard Bucks

The Market has offered various incentive programs over the years to SNAP/EBT patrons to increase their food purchasing power. New in 2023 is Backyard Bucks, developed by Backyard Harvest and the City of Moscow Community Events Division. 

This program matches SNAP/EBT transactions $1 for $1 with Backyard Bucks, up to $100. Backyard Bucks are issued in the form of tokens in $1 and $5 increments and look different than Shop The Market tokens. Not only can Backyard Bucks be used to buy the eligible items listed above, but these tokens can be specifically used to purchase hot, prepared, ready-to-eat items at the Market such as plates of food, sandwiches, smoothies, and more. 

A complete list of eligible items is available here, at the City Information Tent, and our office location at 221 E. Second Street.

Washington State Farmers Market Nutrition Program

In 2016, the Moscow Farmers Market became an authorized Farmers Market to accept vouchers through two Washington State programs: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). As of 2023, the program will be electronic, with individuals receiving these benefits on a card. 

Washington State WIC/SFMNP recipients may use their benefits to buy eligible items from vendors that have "Farmers Market Benefits Welcome Here" sign on display. Please note, purchasing items from a vendor that does not have a sign on display may result in the Market losing its ability to offer this program.

Eligible purchases for WIC vouchers include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and cut herbs only.

Eligible purchases for SFMNP vouchers include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, cut herbs, and honey only. 

Visit the City Information Tent to learn which vendors participate in this program. 

To get a quick tutorial on our Shop The Market program, check out the video below from 2018, which features former Executive Director of Backyard Harvest, Misty Amarena. In 2018, the matching program, Fresh Bucks, paid out $2 for every $5 withdrawn in SNAP/EBT benefits, and was only able to purchase additional fresh produce.