Food stamp use growing at Michigan farmers markets

LATHRUP VILAGE, Mich. (AP) — Food stamps are getting more common at farmers markets around Michigan as a growing number of recipients look for locally grown food and sellers reach out for new customers.

The Michigan Farmers Market Association says three markets in the state accepted food stamps when the group formed in 2006. It says 130 do so now.

Michigan delivers food assistance through the Bridge debit card system.

Group spokeswoman Amanda Shreve says a rising number of families are using their federal food benefits at farmers markets.

Food stamps recipient Alicia Felix of Oakland County's Royal Oak Township tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/141dXNY ) that the Lathrup Village Farmers market gives her a wider selection of fresh fruit and vegetables at prices below those at grocery stores.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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