Did you know that you can use your credit, debit or EBT card to purchase delicious local food?
Simply bring your card to the market’s information booth, the green tent located in the center of the Chicago Mall by the music tent at our outdoor markets or the table inside the front door at our indoor markets. Market staff will help you purchase tokens with your card. In addition to tokens, all MCFM vendors accept cash, and there is a cash machine located inside the museum near the gift shop, if you prefer.
Credit / Debit
Credit and debit card tokens are sold in increments of $5. All vendors accept $5 tokens, and vendors will give you cash as change. We charge a $2 convenience fee for each credit or debit transaction to cover our administrative costs and support the market’s commitment to food access for all. We accept all major credit cards, including American Express and Discover.
EBT / SNAP
To use your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card at the market, tell the information booth staff how much money you would like to spend and they will swipe your EBT card for the amount specified. You will be given your requested amount in $1 wooden tokens and matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10 with market bucks! EBT tokens never expire, but paper market bucks do expire at the end of each season.
The same rules apply when using your EBT card at farmers markets that do at any other merchant. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars are not eligible for ready-to-eat/prepared foods or non-food items (art, flowers, soap, etc). SNAP tokens and market bucks are valid for produce, meat, eggs, dairy, breads/bakery items, honey, jam, edible plants, and packaged foods intended for take-home groceries. Vendors cannot issue change for SNAP tokens or market bucks.
Give the gift of local food! Tokens make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and graduation gifts. Stop by the Information Booth to get a unique and special gift for the food lover in your life.