The Dane County Farmers’ Market is proud to participate in the EBT/FoodShare program. Good nutrition is important for all of us, regardless of age, income level, or circumstance, and locally-grown and raised products should be accessible for all.
What is FoodShare?
FoodShare is Wisconsin’s administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal program formerly known as food stamps. FoodShare participants have a Quest card, also known as an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer) that works similarly to a debit card. The farmers’ market has a machine at the Info Booth that can do an EBT transaction.
How does it work?
1. Take your Quest or P-EBT card to the Info Booth and ask to do an EBT transaction. The market has an EBT card reader where you will swipe your card and enter your PIN.
2. Decide how much you want to withdraw from your account, and the market staff will give you market dollars in exchange. Market dollars don’t expire, and benefits can be returned to your card if you don’t intend on using them.
3. During Double Dollars season (June 1 2022– October 31 2022), you will receive a dollar-for-dollar match on your benefits up to $25 per market day.
4. Use market dollars at any DCFM vendor that sells SNAP eligible products.
EBT Service Hours
The Info Booth for the Saturday Market is on the top of State St. and is open from 7am to 1pm. Look for the green tent! The Info Booth for the Wednesday Market is across from the entrance to the Madison Municipal Building and is open from 8:30am to 1pm. In addition, EBT services are available at both Winter Markets.
What can I buy with the market dollars?
You can spend your market dollars at any vendor’s booth selling bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, edible plant seedlings, pickles, jams, and more. Market dollars cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths) or hot foods (like those served at food carts).
Senior/WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
The WIC (Women Infant and Children) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs offer one-time food benefits to eligible participants each year. Each eligible participant receives checks that are redeemed at local farmers' markets June through October on fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh cut herbs. This program is separate from Foodshare, and checks can be redeemed directly at eligible vendors. Not all vendors at the DCFM accept FMNP checks. Vendors that accept FMNP checks will have a yellow sign displayed at their market stall. For more information on Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition program click here.
Double Dollars starts June 15th, 2023!
Madison Area Farmers’ Market Double Dollars is a program for SNAP/FoodShare users. The program offers a dollar for dollar match for all SNAP transactions up to $20 per market day.
In order to receive Double Dollars, SNAP/FoodShare users bring their Quest EBT card to the farmers’ market EBT or information booth. The shopper decides how much they would like to withdraw from their account, then receives market money and Double Dollars that are each worth $1. Every shopper gets a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20, doubling what they withdraw.
The market money and Double Dollars can be spent at any vendor’s stand selling SNAP-eligible products. This includes bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, and seeds and plants to grow food. Market money and Double Dollars cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths) or hot foods (like those served at food carts).
For a list of participating farmers’ markets, or for more information, please check out Community Action Coalition’s website.
How do I get FoodShare Benefits?
If you don’t have FoodShare benefits but think you may qualify, you can apply online at https://access.wisconsin.gov/. For FoodShare application assistance, call 877-FOOD-365 (877-366-3635), or visit GetAQuestCard.org.
How can I find out more?
For more information, please contact our Food Access Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main line 608-455-1999
For questions on Double Dollars you can visit https://www.cacscw.org/services/food-security/double-dollars/