EBT Cards at Farmers Market: Good Idea?

EBT card holders can use their benefits at the Medford Farmers Market. What do you think?

The Medford Farmers Market started allowing EBT card holders to use their benefits since last year, but its been a point of controversy in other communities.

“I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” Andrea Taber, proprietor of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, told bostonherald.com.

Taber sells her pies at the , yet refuses to accept tokens that  the Farmers Market organizers sell to Electronic Benfits Transfer or EBT cardholders to use at the market.

Not only are the cards used at the Medford Farmers Market -- . Through a grant from Medford Health Matters, individuals on the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive up to a $20 match on any purchases from the market,

Should food vendors be able to decide who they sell their products to? Do you think that farmers markets should sell tokens to EBT cardholders?  Let us know what you think in the comments section.

cindy August 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I bought pies, mine were 2 for 10 spinach pies. I didnt see a $17.00 pie there. Leave it to someone who gets free money to find the most expensive pie. lol I agree rules and restrictions, over the years massachusetts has gotten relaxed with welfare rules. cigarettes and alcohol should be at the top of the no no list. those aren't necesities they are perks for working folks.
Concerned Citizen August 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM
To all the middle class this is the mantra "Work harder - thousands on welfare depend on you." We middle class folks just don't get it - this is the new thing to get along. Divorce your husband or just don't bother to get married, have another baby, take some drugs. Then apply for housing, EBT, and Wic. Your husband or boyfriend can move in - just don't tell anyone that might "say anything". Tell your friends and they can do it too. You can text them - cause you get a free cell phone too. That way you get to stay home and go to the Farmers market and pick up some pies. No need to use the flour, fruit and butter and make them - cause you can just buy them premade.
Danielle DiRusso August 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM
In response to Concerned Citizen, you hit the nail on the head with that one! That was PRICELESS!
cindy August 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
OMG you have met some of my old friends...One of my college friends was getting married, the guy dumped her, what did she do you ask? she purposely got knocked up with some random guy and got on the system. shes living in govt housing. her and I have the same education. she purposely lived in a homeless shelter with her newborn to get on the top of the housing list. Oh these days it doesnt matter if you call and complain that someone is living with someone who shouldn't be, they ignore you it's the new norm. the People who dont see this, has to be because they just not around these folks or they have blinders on. Oh btw when I say purposely got knocked up I mean it, because she had abortions in the past so this time around it was on purpose to get on the system and this person is no longer a friend. I only have two friends that are married all my other friends they live together, you get more money this way and if you own a home you just keep it under the guys name and you qualify for all system benefits benefits. This is nothing wait a decade or so when the beautiful ppl move into medford and price everyone out, that day too shall come.
cindy August 29, 2012 at 01:23 AM
he/she sure did.


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