3SquaresVT/EBT at Farmers Market

States throughout the nation, including Vermont, have implemented programs for introducing the use of EBT and Debit cards at farmers markets in an effort to increase access to direct markets for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds. 

This page is intended for consumers and service providers looking to learn more about using 3SquaresVT at the farmers market. If you are a market looking for resources to better operate the EBT program at your market, or are a market interested in accepting SNAP and EBT benefits, please visit our Operating EBT at Your Farmers Market webpage.

Alternative Currencies at Farmers Markets Cheat Sheet (PDF)

PARTICIPATING VERMONT FARMERS MARKETS

Benefits of Accepting 3SquaresVT/SNAP

  • Allows small farmers to capture federal dollars, keeping money local that would otherwise travel out of the start.
  • Allows 3SquaresVT recipients are able to participate in the local food econony more easily and purchase locally grown foods

Using Your 3SquaresVT at the Farmers Market

  1. At the market, look for a Yellow Banner. In most cases, this will be found at the Market Manager’s Booth near the front of the market.
  2. Tell the person staffing the card machine how much of your 3SquaresVT you would like to spend.
  3. Swipe your EBT card and enter your PIN, just like you would at any other store.
  4. You will receive wooden tokens in $1 increments (equal to the amount from Step #2). You can use these tokens to buy any eligible food item at the market (Note: tokens cannot be used to buy hot foods).

    Eligible Products

    • Vegetable Starts
    • Fruits, Vegetables, & Herbs
    • Honey
    • Meats
    • Milk & Cheese
    • Bread
    • Maple Products
    • Apple Cider
    • Preserved Foods
    Ineligible Products
     
    • Hot Foods & Drinks
    • Beer, Wine & Liquor
    • Soaps
    • Crafts
    • Vitamins & Medicines
    • Pet Foods

* If you’ve never used your 3SquaresVT benefits at the farmers market before and are unfamiliar with how the wooden token system works, ask the market manager for assistance. They would be happy to help!

Quick Facts for 3SquaresVT Customers

OPERATING 3SquaresVT/EBT AT YOUR FARMERS MARKET

Vermont Farmers Market EBT and Debit Cards Project

Project Funding & Non-Discriminatory Statement

This project is, in part, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA 

by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
              1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
               Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.