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Health and Nutrition Team Launches Farmers Market Guide

By Katie Spoden, AmeriCorp VISTA Member — Health and Nutrition

As farmers markets kicked into gear last month, FD launched the new "Accepting EBT at Minnesota Farmers Markets" guide. There are many guides to accepting EBT at farmers markets, but this one includes information specific to Minnesota practices and covers the entire spectrum of how to successfully accept EBT at a farmers market. That includes everything from applying for SNAP retailer status with U.S. Department of Agriculture to intentionally engaging community partners in promotion of this service.

The guide reflects interviews with staff and operators of farmers markets already accepting EBT in Minnesota, case studies of successful farmers markets throughout the country, research on the specifics of EBT acceptance at farmers markets, and my personal experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA member building the foundation for EBT acceptance at eight farmers markets in central Minnesota. Besides myself, contributors to the guide were Laura Perdue, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition, and Mary Vitcenda, FD Senior Editor.

The guide is intended for use by individuals who make decisions about farmers market operations, including board members, market managers, and vendors, as well as individuals who work with or influence farmers market decision makers and assist in the EBT acceptance process. Does this sound like you, or people you work with? Share the link to the guide with them:

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