Olympia Farmers Market

Market Programs

700 Capitol Way N, 98501

Food Access & Senior Programs

Everyone Deserves Access to Fresh Food.

Fresh Bucks Program

“Healthy food is foundational to our well-being and without it, we struggle to fully contribute to our communities,” said Babs Roberts, Director for the DSHS Community Services Division within the Economic Services Administration. “In our state, over 900,000 children and adults receive food benefits. Seventy-five percent of the people who receive Basic Food do not receive any other cash assistance to make ends meet.”

EBT Cards/SNAP Shoppers

The Olympia Farmers Market is proud to accept EBT cards and offer a source of local, fresh and nutritious foods to SNAP recipients.

How to Use an EBT Card at the Market:

1. Go to the Olympia Farmers Market office window.

2. Swipe your EBT card and receive EBT Market Tokens.

3. Use EBT Market Tokens to purchase any food items under the market barn roof including fresh fruit, vegetables, vegetable starts, herbs, mushrooms, cheese, jam, bakery items, etc. Market Tokens cannot be redeemed for cash and no change can be given for purchases. EBT Market Tokens do not expire.

Fresh Bucks:

Fresh Bucks is a collaboration between the Olympia Farmers Market and the Washington State Department of Health, thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

How to Get and Use Fresh Bucks:

1. Go to the Olympia Farmers Market office window.

2. Swipe your EBT card and receive EBT Market Tokens.

3. Double your dollars. Fresh Bucks provides SNAP / EBT shoppers with extra buying power, by providing an additional dollar for dollar EBT match of up to $20 per day.

4. Fresh Bucks can be used to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, vegetable starts, herbs and mushrooms from any local farmer at The Olympia Farmers Market. (Note: Fresh Bucks cannot be used with the fruit resellers at the east and west ends of the market as Fresh Bucks have been designated to support local farms.) Fresh Bucks cannot be redeemed for cash and no change can be given for purchases. Fresh Bucks expire annually.  

WIC Checks

Many farms at The Olympia Farmers Market accept WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. Participating farms accept the checks as cash.

Funded by both the United States Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington and managed by the Department of Health, the program’s goal is to provide fresh, healthy, unprocessed, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs to WIC families and low-income seniors. The program also seeks to expand awareness and sales at farmers markets.

WIC checks are distributed annually in Thurston County through Sea Mar Health Clinic and in Mason, Lewis and Thurston County through the Community Action Council.

To learn more about these organizations visit:

As these have been designated to support local farms, WIC checks cannot be used with the fruit resellers at the east and west ends of the market. WIC checks cannot be redeemed for cash and no change can be given for purchases. WIC checks expire annually.

Senior Checks

Many farms at The Olympia Farmers Market accept Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) checks. Participating farms accept the checks as cash.

Funded by both the United States Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington and run by the Department of Social Health Services, the program’s goal is to provide fresh, healthy, unprocessed, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs to low-income seniors. The program also seeks to expand awareness and sales at farmers markets.

The Lewis-Thurston-Mason Area Agency on Aging is responsible for Senior check distribution. To learn more: www.lmtaaa.org

As these have been designated to support local farms, Senior checks cannot be used with the fruit resellers at the east and west ends of the market. Senior checks cannot be redeemed for cash and no change can be given for purchases. Senior Checks expire annually.

Please email info@olympiafarmersmarket.com with any questions.

Senior Day

Thursday is Senior Day at The Olympia Farmers Market!

Many vendors offer discounts to Seniors on Thursdays from April through October. Look for this sign in participating vendors booths!