The Riverdale Park Farmers Market, located at 4650 Queensbury Road, is launching their token program today. Open from 3:00 – 7:00pm, there will be a wide variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers – from ice cream to pickles and everything in between.
The new token program will mean that the market can now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) Independence Cards, as well as credit and debit cards. These forms of payment can be accepted at the market tent where participants will receive wooden tokens to redeem for eligible foods with market vendors. If market shoppers have federal nutrition benefits – FMNP, FVC, or SNAP – these will also be matched with Maryland Market Money.
Maryland Market Money is a matching incentive for shoppers spending Farmers market Nutrition Program (FMNP), EBT/SNAP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks (FVC) at participating farmers’ markets. By offering this match, Maryland Market Money draws new low-income shoppers to partner markets, stretches their food budgets to afford more healthy items, and provides additional revenue to farmers and vendors at farmers markets.
These extra vouchers are being provided thanks to a CDC grant through the Institute for Public Health Innovation.