Maryland Market Money
Maryland Market Money
As of June 2020, Maryland Market Money (MMM), previously of the Maryland Farmers Market Association, has become a program of the partnership between the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and the Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO).
SMADC & MARBIDCO are working collaboratively to rejuvenate and restart the MMM program for the consumers and farmers of Maryland.
The new Maryland Market Money website is now live! Visit www.marylandmarketmoney.org for all the details.
What is Maryland Market Money?
Maryland Market Money (MMM) is a food access program that reduces hunger and builds community through Maryland farmers markets. MMM seeks to level the playing field for food-insecure shoppers and create equity in food access at Maryland farmers markets. At the same time, the program strengthens Maryland foodways by increasing revenue for farmers selling at farmers markets. The way the program works is simple: Maryland Market Money removes economic barriers for food-insecure shoppers, providing a dollar-for-dollar match for purchases made using federal nutrition benefits—SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, eWIC, and Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) benefits—at farmers markets. MMM is a multi-tasking program that helps shoppers, farmers, and markets equally. It helps shoppers, by lowering economic barriers to healthy foods; farmers, by improving their economic viability; and markets, by increasing their customer base.
Who is running Maryland Market Money now?
In June 2020, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland partnered with the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) to acquire the Maryland Market Money program (MMM), previously run by the now-disbanded Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA). SMADC and MARBIDCO hired Heather Hulsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Juliet Glass (email@example.com), formerly of MDFMA, to run the program along with help from previous members of SMADC and MARBIDCO staff.
When will the program start?
The program has started at select markets. The list is updated in real time on the new Maryland Market Money website. MMM staff are working hard to get the funding and program materials in place so that we can start the program as soon as possible at all the markets who applied. Check the new MMM website frequently for updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Which Maryland farmers markets will participate?
We have 22 Maryland farmers markets in 8 counties slated to participate this season. For an updated list of markets currently offering the program, please check the new Maryland Market Money website. We will continue to update market locations as they roll out the program.
Can Maryland farmers markets still apply to participate in the 2021 season?
Yes! If you are interested please reach out to program coordinator Heather Hulsey (firstname.lastname@example.org). This season we’re also piloting MMM at direct-market farm stands in Montgomery County. If you are a Montgomery County farmer and have a farm stand or store on your farm and want to help feed your community and broaden your customer base, get in touch!
The program sounds great! What can I do to support this food access work in Maryland?
This year the MMM program is operating on a reduced budget and we need financial help to run it. Food insecurity, already an enormous challenge in Maryland before the pandemic when it directly affected 1 in 9 Marylanders, has increased dramatically. The pandemic has also magnified structural inequalities with the most economically vulnerable being hit hardest. At the same time, local farmers—who have lost significant revenue—wonder how they will survive. Donations of any size will support this multitasking program that reduces hunger and supports Maryland farmers! If you are interested in supporting our work with a tax-deductible donation, you can make a donation via PayPal at paypal.me/MarylandMarketMoney.
I have more questions, who should I ask?