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October 20th, 2014

Using SNAP Benefits at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar!

by Maryland Farmers Market Association

This year, the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar transitioned to a wireless, vendor-level system to accept SNAP benefit at market. Participating vendors can now accept SNAP, debit, and credit payments directly from customers at market.

The largest farmers market in the state, the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar is located under the Jones Falls Expressway between Holliday and Saratoga Streets.The market houses a wide variety of produce, dairy, meats, breads, cheeses, and more from local producers. The market is open from 7AM-12PM on Sundays from April until December.

Using SNAP benefits at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar

A token system is no longer in place at market. Customers who wish to spend their SNAP benefits at market may now make their purchases directly through eligible vendors. Vendors who welcome SNAP benefits display bright yellow signs.

1. Visit the green market information tent, located at the Saratoga Street entrance of the market to sign-up to participate in Maryland Market Money.

Maryland Market Money provides a $1 for $1 match, up to $10, per week when you spend your SNAP benefits at market. Customers can earn an additional $10 each week at market, as long as they spend their SNAP benefits with a participating vendor!

2. Visit a participating vendor to spend your SNAP benefits.

A list of vendors who welcome SNAP benefits, as well as a map, is available at the green market information tent. Vendors who welcome SNAP benefits also display bright yellow signs.

3. Select your food items and hand your Independence Card to the farmer or producer who will swipe it for you.

No worrying about tokens!

4. The amount of your purchase will automatically be deducted from your Independence Card.

A $1 for $1 match in “Maryland Market Money“, up to $10 per week, will be added to your Independence Card. No more paper vouchers!

Note: Electronic Maryland Market Money dollars can only be used at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar.

Maryland Market Money dollars last for the entirety of the market season. If you wish to make a purchase with your Maryland Market Money, simply tell the vendor to swipe your card as a “Loyalty Purchase”.

Questions? Visit the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar website, the green information tent located at the Saratoga Street entrance of the market, or e-mail the Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA).

About the Author Maryland Farmers Market Association