Providing you with an enjoyable food shopping experience is just part of what we do. Our programs and services are designed to engage and inform market shoppers of all ages, to educate and inspire consumers, protect the environment, and combat hunger in our local community.
At Foothills Farmers’ Market, we believe that all members of our community should have access to the freshest food available. To help make this happen, we match the first $5 that a customer spends from their EBT/SNAP benefits with $5 in free FFM Market Moola. For example, if a SNAP customer swipes their card for $5 in tokens, they will receive 5 free Market Moola bucks to spend on fruits or vegetables at the market. This program is available at all our market events, so a SNAP benefit customer could receive $15 in matching fruits or veggies each week!
POP Kid’s Club
Our Power of Produce Kid’s Club provides children with a free food-related learning activity every Saturday morning. Upon completing the activity, each child receives a $2 token that they can spend on fresh fruits & vegetables or food-bearing plants. POP Club teaches kids where their food comes from, empowers them to make healthy food-buying decisions, and makes market shopping a fun experience for the entire family.
Our Saturday cooking demonstrations help you learn how to prepare delicious recipes using seasonal products available at the market. Experts like Extension Agents, Master Gardeners, and Extension & Community Association members are frequently on hand. Visit their tables for answers to your questions on vegetable gardening, landscape maintenance, food preservation, and other topics of interest.
You can help us combat hunger in our local community. Each Saturday, volunteers’ man our Farmer Foodshare® Donation Station, gathering fresh food for donation to various agencies that fight hunger in Cleveland County. You can bring surplus from your vegetable garden, buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash that volunteers use to buy food. Many of our farmers donate surplus food at the end of the market days, which ensures that nothing goes to waste.
Want to make a difference for our environment and help a local cause at the same time? Pick up an empty bucket from the Compost Collective volunteers at a Saturday market, take it home and fill it with your food scraps and coffee grounds, bring it back to the market, and swap it for a fresh, clean bucket. The Compost Collective volunteers will turn your waste into beautiful compost to use in their community garden. Win-win? Absolutely!
Have a group that would like to visit the market? We’d love to arrange a tour for you. Each year, many schools, summer camps, daycares, assisted living, and civic groups visit our market. Please contact us to make arrangements! Depending on the size and nature of the groups, we can tailor the visit for your needs.