A new handbook released by the Agriculture Department provides guidance to managers of farmers’ markets on installing Electronic Benefits Transfer machines and accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. A record number of Americans now receive SNAP benefits. At the same time, the number of farmers’ markets participating in the SNAP program has increased.
USDA anticipates that helping SNAP recipients buy fresh produce from farmers’ markets and farm stands will boost revenue for local producers. The handbook covers nut-and-bolts issues such as installation of EBT machines and tactics to ensure the program is a success for both farmers’ market vendors and customers.