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EBT Equipment Options for your Farmers’ Market

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Let’s navigate the EBT equipment world together. This article addresses the free SNAP EBT Equipment Program and discusses additional options for ineligible markets. All markets that accept SNAP/EBT must possess a machine that processes the EBT transaction.   Free Equipment? The USDA-funded (free) SNAP EBT Equipment Program has reopened (more info here). This is a […]

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Low-tech and no-cost methods for accepting EBT

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If your market is new to accepting SNAP/EBT, or if you’re only processing a few SNAP transactions each week, it may be worth pursuing the low-tech and no-cost approach to accepting EBT. Below are your two options: Option 1: Free landline machine from Maine DHHS via Conduent The Maine Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Buying your own EBT Equipment

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If you’re looking to purchase EBT equipment for your SNAP program, without the help of a grant to subsidize the cost, then you should fall into one, or ideally all, of these categories: Our market has offered SNAP for years; Our vendors are dedicated to keeping this program sustained; We have enough shoppers using SNAP/EBT […]

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Take our shopper survey!

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Throughout the summer, we have been conducting shopper surveys at markets all over the state. If you missed the chance and would like to participate, just click the link below. It takes just a moment, and we would love to here from you! 2018 Maine Farmers’ Market Shopper Survey  

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Information booths at markets

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  Information booths (“info booths”) are popping up at more and more farmers’ markets in Maine. The primary service they provide to markets is that they offer a central location for shoppers to pay for all of their goods. At a busy market, the information booth cuts down on the transaction time for vendors, since they no longer […]

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Snapshot Week 2018

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Farmers’ markets around the state will be celebrating Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week from August 5-11th. Snapshot Week comes during peak farmers’ market season, when the markets are bursting with beautiful summer products, and shoppers can enjoy some of the best weather of the year. To celebrate, many markets will be offering special events, including […]

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After Years of Planning, Farmington Farmers’ Market launches Maine Harvest Bucks

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Erica Emery, of Rustic Roots Farm, began working with MFFM in 2016 to explore how to bring Maine Harvest Bucks to the Farmington Farmers’ Market. It took 2 years of “almosts” and “maybes” to find the perfect local partner to support the project and help get it off the ground. This year, the market is […]

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Farmers’ Markets Midcoast to Downeast

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New Map of Midcoast and Downeast Farmers’ Markets The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets has released a new map of Midcoast and Downeast farmers’ markets featuring 20 of the unique farmers’ markets that take place along the Maine coast. In addition to a detailed, full-color map, the brochure includes a description of each market, suggestions […]

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