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March 28th, 2014

Maryland Department of Agriculture to Host MarketLink Sign-Up Day-April 3

by Maryland Farmers Market Association

On April 3, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a Sign-Up Day for farmers and markets interested in enrolling in MarketLink™, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new initiative to help farmers and farmers markets sell fruits, vegetables, and other SNAP eligible items directly to SNAP recipients who choose to use their benefits at market.

MarketLink™ allows farmers to become SNAP-authorized, accept electronic payments at farmers markets, expand their customer base, increase sales, and get free equipment if they qualify for this new program.

The NAFMNP (National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Program) will have a portal through which farmers and markets can sign up. Once approved by USDA, these farmers or markets will receive a new, free smartphone with credit card reader, free wireless data services for two years, a free merchant account for processing SNAP, Debit, and Credit Cards, and a new nationally negotiated rate for processing debit and credit cards that is one of the lowest ever offered.

When:
April 3, 9:00AM-4:00PM

Where:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Please bring the following paperwork with you to on Sign-Up Day to complete the registration process:
• Business information

• Copy of Social Security Card

• Copy of photo ID

• Cancelled check (or copy of cancelled check)

Registration and Other Additional Information:

To RSVP and select a time slot for Sign-Up Day, please e-mail info@marylandfma.org.
Walk-ins will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For additional details about MarketLink™, please email the NAFMNP at info@marylink.org or call (443) 212-8084(443) 212-8084.

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