Proportion of SNAP-accepting farmers' markets varies across U.S. regions
In recent years, the number of farmers? markets that accept benefits from USDA?s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has grown?more than tripling between fiscal 2008 and 2012 and making it possible for more SNAP participants to use their benefits to acquire fruits, vegetables, and other local foods from these markets. Of the 8,158 farmers? markets in the U.S. in 2013, 2,046 reported accepting SNAP, according to USDA?s National Farmers Market Directory.