The Auburn Farmers Market will be back on June 14

Auburn Farmers Market will be able to help more people using food assistance programs this summer.

Robin Devereaux-Nelson, farmer’s market manager, said the market will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 14 to September 14. 29, with special “moonlight market” dates for those who cannot meet these times. These will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, June 24 and August 26. This will be the fifth year of the market under the Auburn City Park pavilion.

After a lengthy application process, Devereaux-Nelson said the market will begin to accept SNAP benefits, which people have been asking for for years. Other market-accepted food assistance programs are the WIC program and Senior Market Fresh, Devereaux-Nelson said.

The market even has its own program, Market Munchkins, which gives out market money to kids ages 4-14. This money can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and eggs to help these children make good food choices.

“The Auburn community is an aging population, and there are quite a few people who have access to these SNAP benefits as well as the Senior Market Press Program,” Devereaux-Nelson said.

The Moonlight Market will also feature live music and food trucks, Devereaux-Nelson said. Typically, there are around nine to 20 regular sellers in the market, but Devereaux-Nelson expects them to expand this year.

Because Auburn is a small city surrounded by rural areas, Devereaux-Nelson said the area has many farmers. This gives the market a composition of around two-thirds local produce and food, with the rest local artisans.

The market still accepts sellers. It can accommodate 40 vendors under the pavilion.

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