In addition to cash, you can pay with your credit, debit or EBT card at the market. Stop by the market’s Information Booth to purchase market tokens with your card. Read more about the ways to shop with the drop-down options below.
Credit / Debit
We sell credit and debit card tokens at the Information Booth 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 Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover and accept contactless payment from Apple Pay and cards with this symbol:
Give the gift of local food! Tokens and e-gift cards make great holiday, hostess, birthday, graduation and welcome to the neighborhood gifts! Click below to buy an e-gift card for the market, which your friends, co-workers or family members can redeem for tokens at the Information Booth at any market. You may also purchase gift bags of tokens (pictured below) at the Information Booth.
Buy E-Gift Cards!
SNAP / EBT & Market Bucks
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their EBT cards at the market at our Information Booth. Market staff will give you $1 wooden tokens, and we will match your purchase 3:1 up to $10 with market bucks (read more below). SNAP/EBT tokens never expire, but paper market bucks do expire at the end of each season.
The same rules apply when using your SNAP or EBT card at farmers markets that do at any other merchant. 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 as take-home groceries. Vendors cannot issue change for SNAP tokens or market bucks.
Spend $10, Get $30 with Market Bucks
Through the Market Bucks program, MCFM is able to match EBT transactions 3:1 up to $10 every day that they shop at the market. For the first $10 charged on your SNAP EBT card, you will be given an additional $20 in Market Bucks for free! Market Bucks can be spent the same way (and are subject to the same restrictions) as SNAP EBT tokens. The Market Bucks program is currently run by Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
If you received a 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. Learn more about Market Bucks on Hunger Solutions’ website.
Minnesota was the first state to fund a SNAP Incentive Program, offering matching for low-income families and individuals to shop at farmers markets. Click here to read more!
WIC & FMNP
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks and vouchers are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ booths. Ask staff at our Info Booth which farmers accept these and they can send you in the right direction.