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Market Bucks FAQs for customers

Do I have to spend all of the Market Bucks and tokens at one time?

No.  You can use the tokens at the same farmers market any day they are open.  You can use Market Bucks at any participating market any time before they expire.

Does the Market Bucks gift certificate expire?

Yes, the gift certificate expires on the date listed on the certificate.  Certificates have different expiration dates.

Do Market Bucks expire?

Yes, Market Bucks expire at the end of the farmers market season on Oct. 31. Winter Market Bucks expire at the end of the winter farmers market season on April 30.

Can I use Market Bucks at more than one market on the same day?

Yes.  You can spend your EBT dollars at multiple markets and get the matched Market Bucks (up to $10) at more than one market on the same day.  Or you can spend unused Market Bucks at any other participating market.

Where do I find a farmers market taking Market Bucks? How do I find out if my market participates in Market Bucks?

There are a few ways to find a participating Farmers Market:

  1. You can call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151.
  2. Find a market on the map z.umn.edu/farmersmarkets.
  3. Download the market location brochure.

How do I get a gift certificate for Market Bucks?

There are a limited number of gift certificates available at select community service agencies, SNAP-Ed programs and food shelves.

I got a postcard in the mail with a gift certificate for Market Bucks, what do I do with it?

Take it to the info/EBT booth at your participating farmers market.  They will exchange it for $10 in Market Bucks for you to spend at the market.  You don’t have to spend any of your SNAP-EBT money to use the gift certificate.

The local food shelf gave me a gift certificate for Market Bucks, what do I do with it?

Take it to the info/EBT booth at your participating farmers market.  They will exchange it for $10 in Market Bucks for you to spend at the market.  You don’t have to spend any of your SNAP-EBT money to use the gift certificate.

Do I have to spend my own SNAP-EBT in order to get Market Bucks?

Yes.  Market Bucks match the amount of SNAP-EBT you spend dollar-for-dollar, up to $10.  So if you spend $6 on your EBT card, you get $6 extra Market Bucks.  If you spend $12 on your EBT card, you can only get up to $10 in Market Bucks.

What do I need to bring to get Market Bucks?

All you need is your Minnesota EBT card.

Do I have to sign up for Market Bucks?

No, all you need is to take your EBT card to a participating farmers market during their open hours.

Do I qualify for SNAP?

To find out if you qualify for SNAP, call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151 or visit mnfoodhelpline.org for more information.

What is SNAP-EBT?

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal food assistance program.  Benefits are placed on an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (EBT) similar to a debit card.

What do farmers markets sell?

Farmers markets vary based on the farmers participating in the market.  Most have fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Some have dairy, eggs, meat, baked goods, and jams and pickles.  Early in the farmers market season, they may have seeds or plants for sale so you can grow your own produce at home.

What is a farmers market?

A farmers market is a food market where farmers sell their products directly to customers.  They typically happen once a week from May to October.

What can I buy with Market Bucks?

You can buy any SNAP-eligible food available at the farmers market.  These include fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, and seeds and plants that produce food.

Why are you doing this?

By helping SNAP-EBT users stretch their dollars at the farmers market, we’re helping make sure everyone has access to fresh, healthy, local food.

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