Farmers Market Bonus Dollars for SNAP Food Stamp Shoppers

September 10, 2010 by  
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Tasty news for SNAP shoppers! When you use your EBT card at participating farmers’ markets, you’ll now receive an equal number of Two-for-One Bonus Dollars on eligible food purchases.

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps, and this New Mexico farmers’ markets initative started August 30, following an award by Governor Bill Richardson of $50,0000 of stimulus funding for SNAP customers.

Double your dollars at 16 New Mexico farmers’ markets that accept EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards, including these markets in the Albuquerque area:

  • Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market
  • Bernalillo Farmers Market
  • Belen Farmers Market
  • Los Lunas Farmers Market

The SNAP program serves 157,000+ New Mexico families with incomes up to 165% of the Federal Poverty Level, and here at Cheap Central we think this is a terrific initiative, helping families in the SNAP program to enjoy more good fresh food from our wonderful land, and it supports farmers too – you can buy more locally-grown produce from them!

The Farmers’ Market bonus dollars program continues until funds are spent, or through the end of 2010, whichever comes first. Obviously some of the farmers markets close after the season is over around October, so if you’ve an EBT card, this is the time to shop the harvest, and double your dollars!



Food Freebies & Deals: June 11-18, 2010

June 11, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals include free Hot Dog on a Stick, Quiznos $2.99 meal, free gelato tasting, BOGO at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s place, half-price beer and wine, deals at Godiva chocolate, Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, Pars Cuisine, Zinc, and Father’s Day freebies.

Free Hot Dog on a Stick on June 15 from 5 to 8 pm. One free hot dog per customer within these promotion hours. The two Albuquerque Hot Dog on a Stick locations are in the Coronado Center and Cottonwood Mall.

Free Large Godiva Chocolate Bar when you spend $35, through June 20. Dad like chocolate? Buy him a sweet gift and keep the freebie bar for yourself…heh, heh, heh! (Or be a bigger person than I am, and give him the free chocolate too.) Godiva is in the Coronado Center.

Quiznos $2.99 meal. Get a small sub, chips, and fountain drink with this Quiznos coupon, currently showing as expiring June 17, although the date keeps rolling back. One coupon per person per order (implying you can print and redeem another coupon on a later visit.) Thanks to Ron for the tip.

Savor Albuquerque restaurant coupons we mentioned last week are still valid till June 13:

  • $10 off Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar with $25 food purchase
  • Free appetizer or dessert at La Oja Restaurant  with dinner purchase
  • $10 off Pars Cuisine with $40 food purchase

Free tastings from Van Rixel Bros. Gelato at the Downtown Growers’ Market on Saturday June 12. Sampling starts at 9 am till they run out. ABQ CVB implies it’s for kids only, ABQ Downtown Action team newsletter makes no such distinction. The Downtown Growers Market own website isn’t updated from 2009 yet, so all we know is that there WILL be gelato… The market is at Robinson Park on Central and 8th Avenues.

Blanco fundraiser by Rhythm for a Reason on June 12 includes a sunset champagne toast, light hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to music by DJ Felonious Groove. A $15 minimum donation benefits Albuquerque Storehouse, which provides food and clothing to people in need. There’s a cash bar, and it’s suggested that you wear white! The party is from 7:30 to 11 pm at The Place Lofts in Nob Hill.

Buy One Get One Free at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s Place with these coupons (via Valpak) for:

  •  BOGO Huevos Rancheros (any day)
  •  BOGO lunch on Tuesday to Friday only
  •  BOGO dinner up to $10 value at Ezra’s only, Tuesday to Friday.

Coupons currently expire June 24 (but they usually roll back dates according to when you print, until the deal disappears altogether.)

Asian Cafe Half price beer and wine and free appetizers in a new happy hour Summer Special, from 2:30 to 6 pm. This is according to their Craigslist notice. Asian Cafe (formerly Chows) is at 1950 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE.

Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante deals with a Premium Shopping Guide coupon:

  • BOGO Free Entree or Pizza – Buy one entree or 12” Pizza and two drinks to get the second entree or pizza free, up to $10 discount, valid Sunday to Thursday on dine-in only.
  • $5 lunch deal for combos of pizza, Coke, salad/soup to eat in or carry out.

Both are good at the three Albuquerque Mario´s Pizzeria & Ristorante locations till July 31, 2010.

$6 Late Night Zinc Specials – from 9 pm to midnight on Monday to Saturday in the Zinc Cellar Bar, choose from six $6 items including Baja Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche Tostada and Baby Back Pork Ribs.

Free movie when you eat candy Don’t forget you’ve got a great excuse to eat Hershey’s candy in the Hershey’s Kisses Movie Ticket Promotion we posted in May, but you must print out the coupon by June 30 to get a ticket (up to $12 value) .

Father’s Day Heads Up

Free appetizer for Father’s Day at Pelican’s Restaurant two Albuquerque locations – they’re serving the usual menu and specials on June 20, and they say an appetizer is on them!

Denny’s free ice cream floats for Fathers’ Day – you have to be a Facebook member, but if you send a customized e-card to Dad via Denny’s Facebook card application, you and dad each get a coupon for a free ice cream float with the purchase of an item from the $2, $4, $6, $8 Value Menu or any entree.

Note: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.



Free Health & Wellness Fair, Arts & Crafts

June 18, 2009 by  
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The Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets have always been known for their healthy,  locally grown produce, local honey, and other good-for-you stuff. But this coming weekend, they’re plunging into health and wellness in a BIG way!

On Saturday, June 20 (2009), from 7:00 – 11:00am, head over to the Los Ranchos Markets for a full-blown FREE wellness fair. Confirmed participants (more may be coming onboard) include:

  • Certified herbalists
  • Bernalillo County Extension Nutrition Educators
  • MRCOG — trails info
  • UNM Cancer Center
  • UNM College of Nursing
  • UNM Center for Life (preventive and integrative specialty clinic)
  • Victory Gardening Services

…and many others we don’t have room to list! You’ll be able to score tons of free information (and, we suspect, free samples) from a bunch of additional vendors.

On the growers’ market side, you may find blackberries, sugar snap peas, spinach, chard, kale, micro greens, cabbage, radishes, young summer squash, farm fresh eggs, potted herbs, organic jams — and many other tasty treats! And don’t forget the arts and crafts market, where you’ll find:

  • Ornaments
  • Pottery
  • Japanese porcelain
  • Soy candles
  • Handpainted silk scarves
  • Handmade soaps
  • Hand crafted jewelry

…and, again, way too much for us to mention! It’s all free to the public.

You’ll find the Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets in the tennis court parking lot at 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

Full disclosure: ABQ on the Cheap is a minor sponsor of the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market; we run a free text ad for them at the bottom of each post.

–Elizabeth Hanes