The Unity Farmers Market, open every Saturday from May through the third Saturday in November, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Unity Community Center on Route 139 in Unity now can offer SNAP users the convenience of an EBT machine (sales only) and, thanks to a grant from the Maine Farmland Trust, users get double the dollar value from June through September and again in November.

SNAP customers will get a voucher from each vendor they purchase from. They take the vouchers to the EBT clerk — Michelle of Tangled Oak Farm — who will process their purchase. The customer then takes the approved voucher back to the vendor and completes the purchase.

Vendors are reimbursed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition program and through the Maine Farmland Trust grant, administered by Mike Gold.

At the market now are fresh strawberries, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beet greens, spinach, lettuce, scallions, garlic scapes, radishes, dry beans, jams and relish, organic raw cows’ milk, yogurt, Greek yogurt, quark, fresh eggs, local pork and beef, vegetable and flower seedlings, herbs (cut and in pots), freshly baked bread from freshly ground grains, sweet rolls, cookies, pies and cut flowers. Soon there’ll be new potatoes, snap peas, and baby beets.

Frequently at the Community Center, flea markets, bake and craft sales and crafters’ demonstrations are going on at the same time as the market. Check the Unity Barnraisers web site for activities. For more information about the Farmers Market go to