Vermont Farmers' Market Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) & Debit Card Project
Providing technical & financial assistance to farmers’ markets statewide for use of wireless
card machines to buy local fresh food.
Benefit Transfer) Cards are debit cards bearing the value of food or cash in federal program benefits. They have
taken the place of paper food stamps, generating a necessity for businesses to have a greater technological
capacity to accept food stamps.
The use of EBT
cards benefits both the consumer and the supplier; those with lower incomes are able to purchase from local markets
and the customer base at the markets expands. With a cardservice machine a farmers’ market has the opportunity to
accept debit cards, further increasing the overall sales as customers can spend a greater amount than their cash on
result of EBT and Debit used at Vermont’s farmers’ markets is a growth of local economy and an option for
low-income individuals and families to shop with their neighboring farmers rather than national retail
The George D.
Aiken and Northern Vermont RC&D Councils supported this project through a monetary donation to purchase a card
service machine and serve on the EBT steering committee.