Mill City Farmers Market believes that fresh, local, and healthy food should be available to all people, regardless of their economic background. We work to lower the barriers to food access that low-income families and individuals face by accepting EBT cards, FMNP coupons, and WIC vouchers. Read below for more details on each program.
SNAP (EBT/FOOD STAMPS)
SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, can be used for local, healthy groceries! If you are a SNAP participant who wishes to use your EBT card at the farmers market, go to the Info Booth (the green tent located in the center of the Market), tell the staff how much money you would like to spend, and they will swipe your EBT card for the amount specified. You are then given your requested amount in $1 wooden tokens and matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10 with market bucks (see below)!
The same rules apply to SNAP at farmers markets as any other merchant. SNAP dollars are not eligible for ready-to-eat/prepared foods or non-food items (art, flowers, soap, etc). SNAP tokens are valid for produce, meat, eggs, dairy, breads/bakery items, honey, jam, edible plants, and packaged foods intended for take-home groceries. No change is given.
If you don’t use all your tokens at once, you can save them to use another Saturday; EBT tokens never expire.
MARKET BUCKS PROGRAM
Through the Market Bucks program, MCFM is able to match the first $10 that SNAP participants spend on an EBT card every day that they shop at the market. For the first $10 charged on your EBT card, you will be given an additional $10 in Market Bucks for free! Market Bucks can be spent the same way (and are subject to the same restrictions) as EBT tokens. The Market Bucks program is currently run by Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
If you received a yellow $10 Market Bucks Gift Certificate please bring it to the info booth (green ten located in the center of the market) for market staff to exchange it for market bucks! Please do not give these gift certificates directly to vendors. For more questions about Market Bucks and Market Bucks Gifts Certificates read the Hunger Solutions FAQ.
WIC FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (WIC FMNP)
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) FMNP checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers’ booths.
Just ask staff at our Info Booth (located at the center of the market) which farmers accept WIC and they can send you in the right direction.
Did You Know?
Minnesota is the first state to fund a SNAP Incentive Program, offering $10 matching for low-income families and individuals to shop at farmers markets. Click here to read more!