Farmers Markets

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-642-0128
TTY 711

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria , Virginia

Caroline Hockenberry,
Farmers Market Coordinator

Department Resources


SNAP at Fairfax County Farmers Markets

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It is easy to DOUBLE your EBT value at Fairfax County Farmers Markets. We match SNAP benefits so you can purchase more fruits and vegetables for less!

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, connects citizens in need to fresh, local foods. Select Fairfax County Farmers Markets offer a SNAP matching program as an incentive to shoppers. Customers can charge their EBT cards at the SNAP Information Table and receive DOUBLE the amount to purchase extra fruits and vegetables. We currently have SNAP programs at our McCutcheon/Mount Vernon, Annandale, Reston and Lorton locations. Volunteers run the SNAP booths where customers swipe their EBT cards to redeem tokens to spend at the market.

Where to find SNAP Matching:

McCutcheon/Mount Vernon
Wednesday Mornings

April 20 - December 21
8 a.m. - Noon
Sherwood Library,
2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
Details/Directions

Annandale
Thursday Mornings

May 5 - November 3
8 a.m. - Noon 
Mason District Park,
6621 Columbia Pike
Details/Directions

Reston
Saturday Mornings

April 30 - December 3
8 a.m. - Noon
Lake Anne Village Center,
1609-A Washington Plaza
Details/Directions
Parking Information

Lorton
Sunday Mornings

May 1 - November 20
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
VRE parking lot,
8990 Lorton Station Blvd.
Details/Directions

How to use SNAP at Markets

  1. SWIPE: Bring your EBT card to the SNAP information table at the Mt. Vernon, Annandale, Reston or Lorton farmers markets. Choose the amount you would like to charge to your card, and staff will help you swipe your card and enter your pin.
  2. DOUBLE: You will receive tokens worth DOUBLE the value charged to your EBT card. For example, if you charge your card for $10 you will receive $20 total in tokens.
  3. SHOP: Use your tokens like cash. Vendors can not give change for tokens, so work with vendors to make whole-dollar-amount purchases. If you do not spend all of your tokens, hang on to them and bring them back next week - they do not expire. *You must use your tokens at the location they were purchased.*

What can I buy with my SNAP tokens?

  • SNAP tokens can be used to purchase SNAP-eligible items such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, vegetable starts and breads.

Snap Eligible Items: fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, vegetable starts

  • The "Match" tokens can only be used to purchase fruits and vegetables.

SNAP Doubling at Fairfax County Farmers Markets is possible thanks to funding from Virginia Fresh Match and community partners Arcadia, Britepaths and Cornerstones. Britepaths is seeking volunteers to help run the SNAP table at the Annandale Market in spring 2022.

Virginia Fresh Match Arcadia Britepaths Cornerstones

“We're able to grow our own herbs with plants purchased through SNAP at the Lorton Farmers Market. The vendors there have lots of helpful information about plant care and healthy eating. We look forward to regular visits with them to buy our fruits and vegetables.” – Anonymous SNAP customer
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