Did you know that you can use your credit, debit or SNAP 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.
SNAP EBT, WIC & FMNP
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 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, FMNP coupons, and WIC vouchers. Read below for more details on each program.
SNAP EBT (Food Stamps)
To use your SNAP EBT card at the market, tell the information booth staff how much money you would like to spend and they will swipe your SNAP 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 (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 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.
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 SNAP 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 SNAP 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.
Minnesota was 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!
WIC & FMNP
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers’ booths. Ask staff at our Info Booth (located at the center of the market) which farmers accept these and they can send you in the right direction.
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.