We hear it more and more these days to eat healthy, but eating healthy is not always the most affordable option. There is a new option for in the Tuscaloosa area for people who receive government assistance.
The Tuscaloosa River Market is back to its full two-day-a-week schedule, now that warmer weather is here and crops are starting to come in. This is also their first harvest season accepting the Electronic Benefit Transfer Program.
The EBT government assistance cards are good for pretty much anything in the market, except for crafts. Aside from the fruits and vegetables you might expect, the Tuscaloosa River Market also has local farmers selling beef, pork and shrimp and vendors with homemade baked goods, jellies and honey. The manager of the River Market says if you have an EBT card, it is very simple to use at the river market.
"In exchange for swiping your card, you can tell the market manager how many dollar tokens you would like to purchase," said Tuscaloosa River Market Manager Christy Bobo. "After purchasing those tokens, you get with the farmers, and they give you the price, and accept your tokens from you."
The River Market then reimburses the farmers who accept the token, so it is also a way to support these local farmers.
The farmers market at the Tuscaloosa River Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon.
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