3SquaresVT/EBT at Farmers Markets

NOFA-VT works with 38 markets around Vermont to accept 3SquaresVT/SNAP benefits via EBT cards. Many of these markets accept debit and credit cards too. 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 interested in accepting 3SquaresVT/SNAP benefits, check out  the Implementing SNAP/EBT section of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit. 

To find a farmers market near you that accepts 3SquaresVT/EBT,  check out our list of participating markets.

To Use Your 3SquaresVT benefits at the Farmers Market

  1. GO. At the market, look for a Yellow Banner like the one below. In most cases, this will be found at the Market Manager’s or Info Booth near the front of the market.
  2. SPEND. Tell the person staffing the card machine how much of your 3SquaresVT benefits you would like to spend.
  3. GET. Swipe your EBT card and enter your PIN, just like you would at any other store. You will receive wooden tokens in $1 increments (equal to the amount from Step #2) and a matching amount of Crop Cash up to $10 per market day at participating markets.
  4. BUY. You can use these tokens to buy any SNAP-eligible food item at the market (Note: tokens cannot be used to buy hot prepared foods or alcohol).

    Eligible Products

    • Edible plant seeds/starts
    • Fruits, vegetables, & herbs
    • Honey & Maple products
    • Meats
    • Dairy products
    • Bread and grains
    • 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 will be happy to help!

Quick Facts for 3SquaresVT Customers

  • You must spend the wooden tokens and Crop Cash at the market you received them at. They will have the market name printed on them.
  • No cash change can be given for $1 wooden tokens or Crop Cash coupons, so you must buy eligible products in full $1 increments.
  • Wooden tokens do not expire, so you can save them for later in the season or next season (Note: Crop Cash does expire at the end of the season).

 

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.