In 2020, the Farmers Market launched Market Bucks, a program where Farmer’s Market shoppers swipe their EBT or debit/credit card at the Information Tent to receive a equal value in Market Bucks – vouchers that can be used only at the Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market. All vendors at the Farmers Market accept Market Bucks as payment for their goods. The Market Bucks program has no transactional fees for shoppers or vendors.
Electronic Balance Transfer (EBT) is a nutritional assistance benefits program available to low- income individuals and families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EBT benefits are accessed via a card which are used the same way as a credit card. By accepting EBT benefits at the Farmers Market, families have more access to local, healthy, Wisconsin grown produce.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS FOR CUSTOMERS
Customers stop at the Information Tent located in front of 131 S. Main Street to swipe their EBT, credit, or debit card for any whole dollar amount and receive Market Bucks in return. Market Bucks are valid through the entire Farmers Market season. All Market Bucks do expire on the last Saturday of October for the current year.
There are two types of Market Bucks (shown below). Cash Market Bucks, purchased with a credit or debit card may be used to purchase anything a vendor is selling at the market.
Change maybe given in the form of U.S. Currency on transactions with Cash Market Bucks
EBT Market Bucks, purchased with an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, can only be spent on eligible items. Change for EBT Market Bucks may only be given in the form of EBT Market Bucks. No exceptions. The first Saturday of every month is EBT Double Days. EBT Market Bucks purchases are eligible to receive up to a $10 match in EBT Market Bucks.