Nevada City Farmers Market now accepts food stamps |

Nevada City Farmers Market now accepts food stamps

The long wait is over for Nevada City Farmers Market and residents who rely on Food Stamp (EBT) benefits to purchase healthy food for their families. After an eight-month process, the market will begin accepting EBT benefits this Saturday.

“We believe wholeheartedly that everyone deserves access to the healthiest foods available. It’s a matter of public health, said market director Mali Dyck. “When our community eats better, we all benefit through reduced diseases, trips to the hospitals, fewer medications, the list goes on.”

How it works: Food stamp recipients use a state-issued debit card to conduct their purchases. At the farmers market, EBT clients will go to the Market Booth to exchange a swipe of their card for wooden tokens. The tokens are then used like cash at the farmers’ booths, and the farmers redeem them for cash back at the market booth.

The Nevada City Farmers Market had custom wooden tokens made, each worth $1, for this purpose. It’s the standard system at California farmers markets.

In 2008, approximately 125 farmers markets across California accepted EBT. The Nevada City Farmers Market is the first in Nevada County to complete the process.

“We thought we’d be ready for the first market in June,” Dyck said, “but it’s a slow process dealing with the federal and state agencies who oversee EBT retailers. We’re just thrilled to say we’re now finally ready.”

The Nevada City Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday morning through Oct. 30, on Union Street in Nevada City. For more information, visit

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