July 23rd, 2013

Suitland Farmers Market Launches SNAP-EBT Token System with matching MD Market Money

by Amy Crone

The Suitland Farmers Market, located at 4500 Suitland Road, is launching their token program today.  Open from 3:00 – 7:00pm, there will be a variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers.

The market will accept SNAP, credit & debit cards through a market-wide token system similar to those that have been implemented throughout the state.  There will also be an incentive program that provides up to $10 in matching Maryland Market Money.

Maryland Market Money is a matching “incentive” for shoppers spending 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.

At market, shoppers get a match of up to $10 in paper Maryland Market Money vouchers when they use their SNAP-EBT, FMNP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks at market by visiting the central market table.  Shoppers then spend the Maryland Market Money with market vendors for approved items, and vendors turn in the paper vouchers for a reimbursement along with EBT and debit tokens at the end of the market day.

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.