Ogden Farmers Market 2017

Lacy Tagge gathers peaches for a customer at the Tagge's Famous Fruit and Veggies booth during the opening day of the Farmers Market Ogden Saturday, June 24, 2017, on Historic 25th Street in Ogden.

SALT LAKE CITY — Low-income shoppers looking for increased access to fruits and vegetables are in luck.

According to a release sent by the Utah Department of Health Monday, Double Up Food Bucks – a statewide incentive program – is now available at over 20 farmers markets in the state.

Three of those locations are in Weber or Davis County, according to Utah Department of Health Public Information Officer Jenny Johnson:

Farmers Market Ogden, 25th Street and Grant Avenue in Ogden

Syracuse City Farmers Market, 1891 W. 1700 South in Syracuse

Kohles’ Family Farm, 388 Boynton Rd. in Kaysville

Double-Up Food Bucks can be taken advantage of by families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. If the benefits are used at a participating Farmers Market, a dollar-for-dollar match – up to $10 in Double-Up Food Bucks – is provided to spend on produce.

“The benefits are three-fold: low-income families eat more healthy food, local farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy,” the release said. “Each has a ripple effect of benefits.”

The greater availability of the program increases food budgets of SNAP recipients, said Brian Emerson, of Utahns Against Hunger, in the release.

Over 50 percent of SNAP recipients are children, the release said.

Contact Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSE.

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