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Browse Our Programs

Listed below are programs we support. Click on each program title to read more about the details of the specific program.

Double Up Food Bucks

BRIDGE CARD / SNAP / EBT

Twenty-five separate businesses at the market accept SNAP Electronic Food Benefits (Bridge Card).  In 2011, the market piloted an incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, which allows Bridge Card patrons to double the value of their purchases (up to $20 per market visit) at the Flint Farmers’ Market, and use their rewards to obtain Michigan grown fruits or vegetables.  “Double Up Food Bucks is a state wide program involving over 50 Michigan farmers’ markets.  Our unique contribution in Flint involves technology.  While vendors at every other market have to accept and manage wooden or metal tokens, customers at our market possess DUFB rewards cards and vendors process the cards using wireless machines and smart phones.  By 2012, the program will be fully implemented at our market, and we expect to provide a successful model for other markets as electronic access becomes available at farmers’ markets nationwide.

Through a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, the market partnered with Michigan State Extension and the Genesee Intermediate School District to combine nutritional education with supplemental SNAP benefits during the summer of 2010.  This pilot program proved extremely successful and will be reintroduced a the Flint Farmers’ Market in 2012.
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Hoop Gardens and High Tunnels

Ten years from now, it will not be unusual to see hoop houses and high tunnels dotting the Genesee County landscape, both inside and outside the city.  Michigan farmers will be growing produce year round and Michigan consumers will be eating healthier products, more of which will be locally grown. Right now, the pioneers of this movement in our area are local youth initiatives, and the market is proud to be one of their first and most avid supporters.

Mr. Rogers Garden Project and Kings Karate-Ka
(HARVESTING EARTH EDUCATIONAL FARM)
Mr. Rogers and King’s Karate-Ka focus on gardening and business skills for at-risk young people within Genesee County.

Sanilac FFA
The Sanilac FFA serves young people in the area of the Thumb.

All three programs have received federal grants to build hoop houses, and the market provides them with rent free space at which to sell their products.  Supporting these programs is another way the market is working to encourage the youth of our community and small local producers of year round healthy food.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

An opportunity partnership: for the past year the market, in partnership with the Food Bank, has provided customers with the opportunity to sign-up for a Bridge Card.

Ownership of a Bridge Card has created the opportunity to obtain a Double Up Bucks Card, which in turn has created the opportunity to obtain free and fresh local produce at the market. The reward for market customers: free produce, better health, and better eating. For more information go to

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Project Fresh

Federal assistance program providing seniors and low income parents – particularly breast feeding mothers – with coupons to buy fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables during the Michigan growing season. Five years ago, we were one of the first in the state to provide Project FRESH Orientation at our market.

Our orientation has now grown to a five week  session which includes over 20 partnering Genesee County social service agencies. Given the extreme financial difficulties faced by many families in Genesee County, we believe this information and assistance outreach is the least we can do.

Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

State & National Programs

We are a member of MIFMA (Michigan Farm Market Association) and a leading participant in the effort to extend SNAP benefits to farmers’ markets statewide.  We are also one of the original members of the Food Based Community Collaborative, a group working to develop an organized local food production and distribution system within the Genesee, Shiawassee, Saginaw, Tuscola, Lapeer and Oakland county food shed.

American Culinary Federation & Mott College Culinary

Arts students:  we are committed to helping our customers learn to prepare the food they buy at the market.
To fulfill this commitment, cooking demonstrations by ACF chefs occur all year.

American Culinary Federation

Keep Genesee County Beatiful

The market is one of this group’s original members and a destination location for KGCB beautification.

Flint River Farm & Green Stewards

The first two urban farms in Flint.  Both have hoop houses, both are committed to year round production, and both, although they cannot be certified as organic, grow their products pesticide free.  They, too, are pioneers in the local food movement in and around Genesee County.

Flint River Farm

Edible Flint

We actively partner with and support this diverse and talented community gardens organization.
Beautiful naturally grown produce from their co-op gardens is available at the market on Thursdays and Saturdays, July -October.

Edible Flint

GISD and MSU Extension

Another dimension of our commitment to education. We provide space for GISD ( Genesee Intermediate School District) and MSU nutrition classes, particularly for low income families. MSU Master Gardeners are also on site at the market giving tips and answering questions every Saturday mid-April through mid-November.

Genesee Intermediate School District

Genesee County Land Bank

One of the market’s major partners. Both are committed to the sustainable reuse of vacant city and county properties.

Hurley Medical Center

Site of a satellite market on Wednesdays during the summer and a partner in cooking demonstrations throughout the year.

School Tours Year Round

School Tours Year Round

Students from pre-school to university age visit the market to talk with vendors, explore the market, and learn more about the food they eat.

We’re Here All Year!

We’d love to hear from you! Stop on by the Flint Farmers’ Market.

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 9am to 6pm
Saturdays – 8am to 5pm

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