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Fairgrounds - June 5, 2017

Citizens who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can now use their electronic benefits transfer card at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Farmers Market and SNAP/EBT program logos

Users bring their SNAP EBT card to the market office and have deducted from their card balance the amount they expect to spend at the market. They then receive tokens for that amount of money, which they use to pay vendors. Tokens are worth $1 each. Unspent tokens can be kept until the next visit, or turned back in at the office and the amount put back on their card.

Because of federal SNAP guidelines, vendors are not allowed to give change for purchases made entirely with tokens. Vendors can give change for purchases made partly with cash. For example, a purchase of $2.80 could be made with two tokens and a $1 bill, allowing the vendor to return 20 cents in change, or the purchase could be made with two tokens and 80 cents. But if three tokens are used for the purchase, the vendor cannot give change.

Tokens can be used only for those items that are approved for purchase with SNAP EBT cards. They may not be used to buy food or drinks intended to be consumed on the spot, nor for nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, hand-knit scarves or other handicrafts, household supplies, grooming items, vitamins and minerals, toothpaste or cosmetics.

Complete information about how to use SNAP EBT cards at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market is posted at CityofWS.org/FarmersMarket.

The Fairgrounds Farmers Market is Forsyth County’s longest-running source for locally raised fruits, vegetables and proteins. Market vendors also offer flowers, handmade baskets, cakes & pies, fresh baked breads, jams & jellies, honey, crafts and much more. The market is open every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter through the parking area off of 27th Street.

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