July 25th, 2013

Riverdale Park Farmers Market Launches SNAP & Token Program with MD Market Money Incentives

by Amy Crone

The Riverdale Park Farmers Market, located at 4650 Queensbury Road, is launching their token program today.  Open from 3:00 – 7:00pm, there will be a wide variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers – from ice cream to pickles and everything in between.

The new token program will mean that the market can now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) Independence Cards, as well as credit and debit cards.  These forms of payment can be accepted at the market tent where participants will receive wooden tokens to redeem for eligible foods with market vendors.  If market shoppers have federal nutrition benefits – FMNP, FVC, or SNAP – these will also be matched with Maryland Market Money.

Maryland Market Money is a matching incentive for shoppers spending Farmers market Nutrition Program (FMNP), EBT/SNAP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks (FVC) at participating farmers’ markets.  By offering this match, Maryland Market Money draws new low-income shoppers to partner markets, stretches their food budgets to afford more healthy items, and provides additional revenue to farmers and vendors at farmers markets.

These extra vouchers are being provided thanks to a CDC grant through the Institute for Public Health Innovation.

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.