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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.


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