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COVID-19 Update – Guidance from State officials

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On March 19, 2020, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) released a guidance for farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets are considered essential services in providing food to their communities. Markets are advised to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. Markets should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. We […]

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Hand-washing stations – A simple how to

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Materials needed: Cooler (any clean vessel capable of maintaining hot water for 8-12 hours) Bungee cords or straps (1-3) Soap Paper Towels Hand-sanitizer (if available) Trash bin (a bucket works) Water bin (a bucket works) Fill the cooler with hot water. Use straps or bungee cords to secure it to your truck, or bring a […]

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COVID-19 and Maine farmers’ markets

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Maine has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Even before this incident, businesses around the state have been taking extra precautions to limit the risk of spreading this highly communicable virus. Maine has the oldest population in the nation, therefore, the risk of serious harm to Maine citizens is high. Farmers’ markets should be taking […]

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Single-Use Plastic Carry-out Bag Ban and Farmers Markets

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UPDATE – Due to the covid-19 crisis, the bag ban does not go into effect until January 15, 2021. The details below outline the requirements for FM’s when the ban goes into effect. For full details of the bag ban – follow this link to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bag Ban Guidance –The 5 […]

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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? Free, wireless, SNAP-Only equipment is available via Maine Department of Health & Human Services for farmers’ […]

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Low-tech and no-cost methods for accepting EBT

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UPDATE -10.9.2019 – This information is dated. While it still remains a valid way to process SNAP transactions, there are much more convenient and free, or low-cost options available. The best step forward is to contact MFFM – email snap@mffm.org or call (207) 370 1524. If your market is new to accepting SNAP/EBT, or if […]

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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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Seafood at Maine Farmers’ Markets

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Fresh seafood is always very popular at farmers’ markets, but navigating the rules around what is required for licenses/permits can be confusing for market managers. This is because most food safety issues at farmers’ markets are regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) and the Department of Health and Human Service (for […]

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