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A partnership in Bangor brings new shoppers to markets

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This article describes a marketing opportunity to attract new shoppers by partnering with local employers. In spring of 2019, MFFM was approached by the City of Bangor’s Wellness Committee to develop a program that will give their 500+ employees incentive to buy healthy food from the local farmers’ markets.  Employer Partnerships Each year, the city’s […]

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Snapshot Week Photo Competition

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Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week is our annual celebration of farmers’ markets in Maine. This event coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, falling on August 4-10, 2019. Photo Competition This year’s Snapshot Week features a photo competition for shoppers and farmers. The competition will run for 2 weeks August 4 – 17 to give you […]

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Apply NOW to accept WIC this season

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is a federal program providing supplemental nutrition to families with young children. In Maine it is administered by the CDC. Families are issued checks which they may use to purchase certain healthy foods. Most families also receive “Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program” checks every summer, and those checks may only […]

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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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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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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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Now Hiring: Washington County Farmers’ Market Outreach Liaison

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Job Announcement: Washington County Farmers’ Market Outreach Liaison Apply Now, Click here to apply! Overview: This position will play an important role in supporting SNAP (the program formerly known as food stamps) access programs at Washington County farmers’ markets. This project is a collaboration with the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) and the Women’s […]

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