The Office of Food Initiatives helps to oversee almost thirty farmers markets in Boston. The office works with all farmers market managers to help them navigate the permitting process, Bounty Bucks redemption and digitization, vendor permitting, and connecting markets with vendors.
By supporting farmers markets, Boston citizens will have more access to healthy, local food in their neighborhoods. Local farmers will also benefit from an increased customer base.
The City offers the Boston Bounty Bucks program which enables low income residents to double the value of their SNAP dollars at participating Boston farmers markets. The City of Boston, Inspectional Services Department, Health Division administers all permits for farmers markets and vendors. Before 2014, the Office of Food Initiatives handled these permits so the forms are all still on the OFI website. All forms must be submitted to ISD. The OFI and ISD work together by sharing market manager contact information and fielding procedural questions. ISD does not collect the market renewal form because markets do not need to go through the permitting processes when returning in the same location year after year.