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Farmers markets can help the poor improve their diets

The federal government is spending $4 million to make farmers markets more accessible to food stamp recipients. (Allen Breed/The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

With spring come the farmers markets and booths overflowing with fresh produce direct from local growers – often harvested that very morning.

For low-income folks who often don’t have easy access to supermarkets, farmers markets have the potential for being important sources of low-calorie, high-nutrient fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices.

In the South Sound, several farmers markets – including all four in Tacoma – make it easy for low-income shoppers to buy their produce. They accept such alternative forms of payment as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), as well as WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and senior vouchers.
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