Galveston’s Own Farmers Market (GOFM) was founded in October 2012. A few years later, it has managed to take significant steps to ensure it fulfills its mission to “build and sustain a local food community through a vibrant, producers-only marketplace, improved food access, and educational programming
”. Consider these accomplishments:
- GOFM is the first (and one of just two) Houston-area producers-only market to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) clients;
- GOFM is the only Houston-area market with a double dollars program; and
- GOFM is the first and only Houston-area market service WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) customers through vouchers.
While implementing these programs is a long and tiresome process, the organizers of GOFM made sure to accomplish them. In keeping with its mission and purpose, the market has managed to make it more equitable and accessible to those who need it the most.