The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) invites farmers’ market organizers and direct-marketing farmers to sign up to accept SNAP/EBT on January 16th during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. There are more than 160,000 people in Maine who purchase food with SNAP. Farmers and farmers’ markets can grow their customer base, and provide a critical food access point for more of their neighbors, by registering to accept SNAP. Signing up is free, and takes 20-30 minutes when doing it in-person at this event.
Debbie Crosby, from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will be onsite to consult and help register markets and farmers to get their FNS number. Debbie can be found upstairs in the Washington/York room from 9am to 3pm. All attendees to the Trades Show are welcome to meet with Debbie and sign up for SNAP. If your market or farm business intends to sign up for SNAP on this day, there are a few items to bring to be prepared. Please reference MFFM’s website via this link to learn more. The 2020 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is hosting Debbie’s service on this day. Learn more about the Convention on the event webpage.
Now is a great time to sign up to accept SNAP as a farmer in Maine. This winter, MFFM is working with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Maine Department of Health and Human Services, to provide no-cost SNAP-Only processing equipment for farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers. Farmers and farmers’ markets will be reimbursed for all costs related to the equipment. Additionally, farmers’ markets and farm stands may be eligible to participate in Maine Harvest Bucks, and double the value of shoppers’ SNAP at your market or farm stand.
Contact Jimmy DeBiasi, Director of Programs at the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets with any questions.
(207) 370 1524