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WIC Farm Direct Participants

The Farm Direct program season is June 1 through November 30.

You have to be on WIC to get Farm Direct checks. Contact your local WIC clinic to learn how to get on WIC or how to receive checks for the current season.

Participation does not affect medical assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits.

How to shop with Farm Direct checks

  • Take your checks to a participating farmers market or farm stand.
  • Look for these signs to find produce farmers who accept Farm Direct checks or ask market staff for help as needed.
Sample sign

  • Choose the fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables, or cut, edible herbs you want to buy.
  • Pay the farmer with your Farm Direct check(s).

Contact your local markets and farm stands to learn more about new health and safety measures for the 2020 season.

Instructional videos


 
 
 
 
 
 

Tips for shopping with Farm Direct checks

  • Choose only locally grown produce (no bananas, oranges, pineapples, etc.)
  • You can use your checks one at a time, or all at once. With one farmer or more!
  • Farmers cannot provide change, so plan to spend the whole check amount.
  • Check the season dates of your local markets and farm stands and shop before they close for the season.
  • Keep your Farm Direct checks in a safe place. Lost or stolen checks cannot be replaced.
  • If possible, bring your own shopping bag or basket.
  • Spend your checks by November 30, 2020.
  • Farm direct checks are not accepted at regular grocery stores.
Sample check

Oregon seasonality chart

Availability will vary by location.

Download chart as a PDF

Oregon Seasonality Chart

Recipes and hints for selecting, cooking and storing fruits and vegetables

  • Food Hero: Fruits and vegetables are nutritional all stars and you don't have to work hard to prepare and enjoy them; that's where Food Hero comes in. Find out more at this site. (Site also available in Spanish).
  • Fruits and Veggies More Matters: Search for recipes by food and meal types.

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