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 there is no better way to good nutrition and good health than through locally-grown and raised, natural products.
What is FoodShare?
FoodShare is Wisconsin’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal program formerly known as food stamps.
How does it work?
The Dane County Farmers' Market has adapted market operations due to COVID-19. We are currently operating in the parking lot of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. You can use your SNAP benefits to both pre-order products from our vendors as well as shop spontaneously at market. Here's how:
Pre-order from our WhatsGood Online Store using your SNAP benefits.
- Download the WhatsGood app or create an account at sourcewhatsgood.com.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org after you have created your WhatsGood account so we can set it up so that you can 'PAY AT PICKUP WITH SNAP' at checkout. Note: it may take 1-2 days to update your account.
- Browse the products in our online store and pre-order as much as you want within 1 transaction. Reminder: we have two online stores - one for our Wednesday Local Food Pick Up and one for our Saturday Market. SNAP participants are not charged any fees associated with using WhatsGood!
- If you shopped our Wednesday online store: during the pick up hours of 3 to 6 pm on Wednesdays, stop first at our EBT booth and swipe your Quest card for the total amount of pre-ordered goods. Drive-thru the pick up and our farmers contactlessly place your orders in your vehicle.
- If you shopped our Saturday online store: you must pick up your Saturday pre-orders on foot from each vendor you ordered from. From 7 am to 11:30 am, stop at our EBT booth and swipe your Quest card for the total amount of your pre-ordered goods. Then visit each vendor on foot to collect your pre-orders.
Use your SNAP benefits to shop spontaneously at our Saturday Market
- Take your Quest card to the EBT Booth (it is a green tent!) and ask to do an EBT transaction.
- The market has an EBT card reader where you will swipe your card and enter your PIN. You can decide how much you want to withdraw from your account, and the market staff will give you market dollars in exchange. Then you can spend your market dollars at any vendor booth on eligible items.
- EBT booth is open from 7 am to 11:30 am.
What can I buy with my Quest card?
You can spend your EBT benefits on any edible items on the DCFM online store on WhatsGood. SNAP eligible products include bakery goods, fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy products, edible plant seedlings, pickles, jams, and more. SNAP/EBT cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like cut flowers, hemp products, soaps, and yarn).
The Double Dollars matching program will run June 1st, 2021 thru October 31st, 2021
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 $25 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 $25, 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 http://www.cacscw.org/double-d...
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), text FOODSHARE to 555888, or visit GetAQuestCard.org.