Local Farmers Markets accepting EBT payments

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Updated: 6/05/2014 6:10 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Farmers Markets across northern Nevada are tapping into a whole new clientele.

The Third and Curry Street Farmers Market has been operating in downtown Carson City for seven years. Manager Linda Marrone said in one month, sales could be better than ever for her vendors. "There’s more people on food stamps right now than anytime, anywhere."

Farmers markets across the county can accept EBT, an electronic form of food stamps, as payment. Only non-profit farmers markets could do this before Congress passed the Farm Bill earlier this year, and Marrone has been waiting seven years to incorporate the program.

"Everybody should be able to come to the market and spend time there and be able to shop there no matter how much money you make," said Marrone.

The Fallon Depot Farmers Market welcomed SNAP participants for the first time this week, and Market Manager Salisha Odum said they will continue to use the program. "We put them right into our iPad and then you just go and do your sale and then you put in each individual person, whichever booth it is going through and then you make the transaction."

Marrone still needs an EBT machine, tokens and the resources to track where the money is spent. She hopes to be open to EBT customers come July 1.

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