Using EBT Cards at VT Farmers' Markets Just Got Easier

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/08 2014 05:28PM

Updated 07/08 2014 06:20PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Getting fresh fruits and veggies into the hands of those who can't afford them will soon be much easier and cost effective.

Starting this month,  Vermonters who use their 3SquaresVT benefits at farmers' markets will double their money.

Here's how it works: Vermonters will swipe their EBT card, saying how much they want to spend and in turn can recieve fresh produce from participating vendors. Not only that, but will be given harvest health coupons to match their purchases, up to $10.

"It's a win-win for everyone because Vermonters now have that access to shop at the farmers market and participate in the local economy and get fresh produce," Angela Smith-Dieng, 3SquaresVT Advocacy Manager, said. "The farmers also have more customers coming to their stands so they have more sales." 

There are now 41 Farmers' Markets in Vermont accepting EBT cards, which carry 3SquaresVT benefits. 

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