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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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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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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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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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MFFM Secures Funding Support for Maine Harvest Bucks

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We’re pleased to announce that we have secured funding for the Maine Harvest Bucks program for the 2018 season. Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, our 30+ farmers’ markets can now move full steam ahead in operating the program this year. This is welcome news, as the summer market season gets underway. Maine […]

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Now Hiring: Info Booth Manager at Presque Isle Farmers’ Market

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Apply Now! Click here for application.  Job Opening: Info Booth Manager Presque Isle FM at Riverside Schedule: 5.5 hours / week Saturdays, June through October 8:00am – 1:30 pm every Saturday while market is open, June to October Overview The Maine Harvest Bucks incentive program helps shoppers using SNAP food supplement benefits at farmers’ markets […]

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