Bemidji Area Farmers Market to accept food stamps
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More low-income Minnesotans will be able to get fresh
fruits and vegetables because of a big jump in farmers markets that will accept
food stamps this year.
Eight new markets will allow customers with food stamps this year. That more than
doubles the number of markets that accept food stamps as part of the Minnesota
Farmers’ Market Association.
According to that association, the Bemidji Area Farmers’ Market, to be located
again in the Pamida/Subway parking lot, is among those that will now be able to
accept food stamps thanks to a grant
There are estimated 130 formal farmers markets in Minnesota. Users of the
federal program buy food with a card that’s swiped like a credit card, providing
challenges because the card reader needs an electrical or wireless connection.
Markets in Albert Lea, Alexandria, Austin, Bemidji, Bloomington, Duluth, Richfield
and Staples are adding the capability this year, joining multiple markets in
Minneapolis, Mankato, Rochester and St. Paul.