Founded in 1980, the Market is a non-profit organization offering baked goods, produce, fruit, prepared foods, and flowers to patrons from all economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
Our Market mission is to provide a vehicle for independent vendors to survive large agribusiness competition, while making available a variety of produce, meat, bread, and plant selections to an underserved city community. Our vendors provide an opportunity for farmers to sell their products directly to the public, and for the public to benefit from access to fresh food that they would not otherwise have available to them in the immediate area. All funds collected from Market vendor spaces fees and membership donations are put toward market expenses. Any profits after expenses are paid are donated back to the community in the form of annual grants to local nonprofits.
The market has acquiried an EBT wireless machine that allows us to accept Independence cards for those in the SNAP program. It also allows us to take any debit card from our customers. SNAP (Formerly food stamp) participants will swipe their cards and receive $1 tokens in exchange to spend at qualifying vendors.
Any customer will be able to swipe a debit card (minimum $20, then multiples of $5) for a small convenience fee of $1.50 and receive $5 Tokens that can be spent anywhere and for which cash change can be given.