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August 21, 2019

8/1/2019 4:22:00 PM
Internet based market and EBT combine for SNAP client purchases

The North Circle Farmers Market is celebrating its fourth year of offering local produce, meat, eggs and more online. There are pickup locations throughout Chisago County.  Also, the state nutrition program electronic benefits transfer cards can be used at a drop-site for the first time this season.

Orders are delivered to drop sites like:  Evergreen CoffeeHouse (Wyoming); Sprouted Branch (North Branch); Peterson’s Mill (North Branch); Printing Express (Center City); Eichten’s Market & Grill (Center City); City Center Market (Cambridge); Schoony’s Malt Shop & Pizzeria (Taylors Falls); Coffee Talk (Taylors Falls); and Amador Hill Farm & Orchard (North Branch).

“The last two years of North Circle fostered a promising foundation for an alternative regional food system,” said North Circle Manager Jacquelyn Zita.

“We are excited to be working with more than 20 local farmers this year to continue bringing organic and sustainably grown food to our neighbors.”

EBT now accepted
Kirsten Kennedy, county lead in the State Health Improvement Partnership, said the SHIP has been involved to expand access to healthy, locally grown food to those receiving electronic benefits.

 “Working with the Women’s Enviornmental Institute (in Amador Township) we piloted this online platform to meet the changing needs of the region’s population,” said Kennedy.  

She added, “This project is part of the strategic plan to create a sustainable food infrastructure that supports small family farms while meeting the critical needs for healthy foods withi our comunities, our healthcare systems and our institutions.”

Sprouted Branch at 38811 Forest Boulevard, in North Branch,  is now accepting SNAP/EBT.  

Those interested in shopping North Circle with SNAP/EBT can contact Jerry Krier at jkrier@w-e-i.org.

North Circle Farmers
Amador Hill Farm (Almelund) Beulah Land Farms (Harris) Bone Lake Meadows Apiary (Scandia) Clover Bee Farm (Shafer) Eichten’s Hidden Acres (Center City) Evermore Forest Farm (Harris) Ferris Family Farm (Cambridge) Garden Magic (Isanti) Gray Duck Farms (Pine City) Heirloomista (Almelund) Log House Sugar Bush (Taylors Falls) Love Thy Neighbor Farm (Harris)Miminka (St Croix Falls, WI) Naples Acres (Braham) Nelson Grass Farm (Ogilvie) Northwood Mushrooms (Clayton, WI) Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm (Amery, WI) Sunrise Flour Mill (North Branch) Tim's Timber (Hugo) White Pine Berry Farms (River Falls, WI) Sunnyside Farm (Grasston) and Yellow Hutch Farm (Braham)

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