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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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2018 Maine Harvest Bucks Application & Program Update

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Program Description: For the past 3 years, much of this program was funded via the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, in partnership with Wholesome Wave. During this time, the Maine Harvest Bucks brand has grown to be recognized by SNAP shoppers, farmers, and community members. Markets that offer Maine Harvest Bucks are welcoming to […]

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2018 MHB Update for Markets

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Funding Update For the last 3 years, a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant funded the nutrition incentive program (Maine Harvest Bucks) at farmers’ markets in Maine. With these funds, over 30 farmers’ markets have organized and built the systems and infrastructure to make their markets a welcoming place for low-income Mainers who shop with SNAP/EBT. […]

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Branding your farmers’ market – guinea pigs needed!

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At this year’s Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (January 11th at the Augusta Civic Center), creative strategist Arielle Bywater (from Pica in Belfast) will be discussing ways farmers’ markets can hone their brands to reach new customers and increase loyalty among existing shoppers. Arielle will be looking at all aspects of a market’s outreach strategy, including websites, […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks wraps up at Summer Markets

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When you see Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) at farmers’ markets, consider how this program is the product of an organized effort among farmers, vendors, volunteers and community partners at each of the 31 farmers’ markets across the state.  Because of their work, eating local is more accessible, easy and affordable for low-income Mainers receiving SNAP/EBT.  […]

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2016 In Review

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During the 9th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, we welcome participants from markets all over Maine. To celebrate the markets and review the Federation’s work from 2016, we created the slideshows below. Some favorite images from 2016 MFFM’s 2016 Projects Collecting and Using Data: Snapshot Week 2016

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Farmers’ markets, food access & the USDA Farm Bill

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Next week we team up with our collaborators in the Maine Local Foods Access Network to launch a one-day Giving Tuesday campaign. Our goal: raise $2,000 to help expand the network of Maine Harvest Bucks markets into more communities and find increased success with all participating markets. It’s a humble goal, really, considering that the […]

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