January 2016

It’s convention time!

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Sunday, January 31st, almost 100 farmers’ market folks will be descending on the Maple Hill Inn in Hallowell from all corners of the state. More than 30 presenters will be speaking on 16 various topics, plus a USDA representative will be on hand to answer questions about the SNAP program and sign farms up for […]

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Farmer’s Market Signs

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Where are Your Farmers’ Market Signs? Maine is largely free of the scourge of billboards, but at the cost of some fairly complex rules around signage (as recently outlined in an article in the Portland Press Herald). Fortunately, the state allows farmers’ markets more latitude than bricks-and-mortar businesses in the area of signage. Here is […]

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SNAP Promotional Materials

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Here’s a simple poster you can customize easily. (We hope to have more soon!) Generic SNAP Outreach Poster 2015 Here are some sample materials from other markets: 2015 Lewiston Farmers Market Summer Poster How to use food stamps flier Lewiston Farmers Market SNAP Outreach Poster 2014 with coupon – Lewiston SNAP Outreach Rack Card POLAND […]

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How to grow your EBT program – links to articles and tips

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Resources EBT at Your Farmers’ Market: 7 Steps to Success – Project for Public Spaces Tips from the USDA about promoting SNAP at the market. Farmers’ Market Coalition – Snap Guide for Farmers’ Markets SNAP at Farmers’ Markets – USDA Handbook (2010) Double Value Coupon Program – Wholesome Wave Adaptable poster and postcard to promote EBT. […]

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Merchant Service Providers

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The following are some of the options for service providers to process Electronic Benefit Transfer payments. (This is just a starting point; there are certainly other options out there!) Dharma https://www.dharmamerchantservices.com/ info@dharmams.com  Toll-free: (866) 615-5157 Markets affiliated with MFFM can obtain point of sale devices for the discounted price of $500 (a $150 reduction). The discounted […]

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Scrip and Receipt Systems at Farmers’ Markets

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When SNAP recipients shop at a retail store, they gather their purchases, then pay at the cash register with their EBT card. Farmers’ markets are a bit more challenging, since each farmer is essentially a different “shop”. Maine markets use different techniques to manage EBT payments. Below are definitions from the two most common systems. […]

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Final Week to Register for Convention

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It’s time to register for the Maine Farmer’s Market Convention. One recent registrant wrote, “Two friends and I are attending the conference next weekend. CAN’T WAIT!! I enjoyed myself so much the past couple years!” It’s true – hanging out in a relaxed setting with a large group of people who are passionate about farmers’ markets is FUN. […]

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