Fresh Stop Markets

Fresh StopCompelling work going in Lexington, KY.  Click on and scroll down for a great interview on Food Justice Radio.  

Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where all five senses are engaged and there is lots of laughter, food and fun!

Our Fresh Stop Markets are open to everyone and created, led, and sustained by
community leaders. Most Fresh Stop Markets reserve 75 percent of all shares for those individuals and families identifying as having limited resources according to the WIC eligibility guidelines (185 percent of poverty or less). If your total family income is less than the amount listed in this table for your given number of family members, you are eligible for lower-cost shares:

WIC guidelines

All Fresh Stop Markets operate on a sliding scale based on income. The scale is as follows:

  • Shares are $6 for families on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Shares are $12 for families who receive SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps or others with limited resources according to the above guidelines.
  • Shares are $25 for higher income.
  • NEW!!! You can also purchase a Food Justice Share. Pay $40 (retail price of the share). Put more money in the pot so all can eat!

Everyone gets the same exact food regardless of what is paid. No one is turned away for lack of resources.

Although payment methods vary by the Fresh Stop Market, shares can typically be purchased with cash, credit/debit cards, or EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP Benefits. Produce shares are ordered one to two weeks in advance and are full of the bounty of Kentucky’s seasonal produce. Each share is accompanied by a newsletter with recipes and information from our farmers.

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