One of the goals of the Farmers’ Market is to connect Linton residents with local food producers that offer a variety of fresh, healthy foods. To help make shopping at the market accessible to all members of our community, the Linton Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) benefits.
In an effort to make it easier to purchase fresh, local foods, we are also pleased to announce the initiation of the Market Bucks program. Market Bucks is an incentive program which encourages SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP recipients to use their benefits at the Farmers’ Market. Customers making purchases with EBT cards or FMNP checks can receive an additional $10 in Market Bucks each market day, essentially doubling your food purchasing power!
Here’s how it works: Simply visit the Market Host booth where SNAP recipients will swipe their Hoosier Works EBT card in return for tokens to be used at the market. For every $1 worth of SNAP funds redeemed at the market, you will receive $2 worth of tokens (up to an additional $10 each visit). In other words, spend $10 in benefits and receive $20 worth of Market Bucks! WIC and Senior FMNP recipients also need to visit the Market Host booth and present their benefit checks to receive matching Market Bucks tokens (also up to $10). Your Market Bucks tokens can then be used just like cash to purchase fresh food from local farmers and producers at the market. Any unused tokens can be used the next time you shop at the Linton Farmers’ Market.
Here’s what you can buy.
SNAP participants can purchase any of the following:
- fruits and vegetables
- breads and cereals
- meat and poultry
- dairy products
- jams and sauces
- maple syrup and honey products
- seeds and plants that grow food
- baked goods that are wrapped, labeled, and intended for home consumption
WIC and Senior FMNP participants can purchase:
- Fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and edible herbs that have not been processed in any way.
The Market Bucks incentives program is supported entirely by local sponsorships and our own Market fund-raising activities.