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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.

Calvin August 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
No EBT cards are given out by Deval like Halloween candy.
Calvin August 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The SNAP program is just more welfare for the freeloaders too
Traci Anderson August 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Excellent program to accept EBT payments at Farmer's Markets and the additional $20 match is great. Important for getting access to farm fresh food to the food insecure in our community. Regarding Andrea Taber's refusal to accept such payments - I think it is ridiculous, the EBT is a legal form of payment for food items, why should she judge who is worthy enough to buy her pie.
William Davis August 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
You've been reading too much Ayn Rand.
Calvin August 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
And here is what's wrong with America. Are you happy Obama made sure they don't have to work? What perfect timing to do that during an election year. The freeloaders and their supporters making our country do the downward spiral.
CR August 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM
What is ridiculous is hard working taxpayers' money paying for people to buy luxury goods like $3 whoopie pies (and cigarettes and lottery tickets and liquor) while we can't afford to buy things like that ourselves. If a parent who has an EBT card wants to buy their child a treat they can go to Market Basket and buy the store brand cookies like the rest of us.
Allison Goldsberry August 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Speaking as a board member of Medford Health Matters who supported this grant, I'd like to point out two things. First, the intent of the grant is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food to people who use EBT cards. Second, the funding for the grant we gave to the Farmers Market came from Mount Auburn hospital, not Medford taxpayers. - Allison Goldsberry
Theresa & Linda Turino August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM
This is terrible. I would never do business with anyone who refused to take that card. It's just ignorance and arrogance toward the poor. Also tell me where there are taking the card for booze and cigarettes. Crazy. This is an isolated few occurances
Theresa & Linda Turino August 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
To those who agree with the pie lady remember god forbid, it could be u one day that needs that card.
stevieB August 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Yeah and it was me I wouldnt be so ignorant or arrogant to spend taxpayer money on $17 Woooow pies..no one is saying don't feed the poor..just prioritize. But the gimme girls want everything on the backs of the few people left working..you can thank Obama for that..4 years of incompetence..spare me the It's bush fault talk..he owns this economy..as for booze and cigs..they still have acctess to cash...so that's how they buy it..open your eyes and don't believe everything our lying governor has to say..as for me ill buy a lie anyday..u see ..I work
cindy August 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
snap card should be accepted at the farmers market. all other food merchants accept it. Yes, ppl are allowed to buy alcohol and cigaretts on that card and get manicures. for the folks that are stating "what if it were you in that situation", well my mother and I were in the same situation in the early 90's we went for assistance and they denied us. I was a freshman in highschool and my mom, single parent worked partime and we were denied. So it kills me very much that I work extremely hard to pay ppl who dont need it, but are on it bc of loop holes. We need welfare reform. The spinach pies are delish everyone should try one.
MO August 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Allison Goldsberry, where does Mount Auburn receive the funding from for these grants? As a member of Medford Health Matters and a public school employee do you know of any CFL light bulbs being used in any of our schools? CFL bulbs emit the same cancer-causing radiation that the sun does.
Alan August 22, 2012 at 05:45 PM
When I have something done at the hospital and I read the bill and how much is charged for little things I am sickened. Health insurance costs throught the roof hurting WORKING families and you want to tell us that money is not coming from us.
Alan August 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Are you serious? Wake up
Alan August 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You live in a bubble if you don't think these cards are abused constantly.
Alan August 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Great comment
Athena August 22, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I agree with StevieB. Excellent points made.
cindy August 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
They really need to tighten the system, I am all for helping people who REALLY need it. Not the ones that own a home, transferred the home to the children, stopped working and now can qualify for; snap, masshealth, cell phone, the ride. (dont get any ideas folks). heres another hustle example, has a home, transferred to the kids and has their own business that they pay lease on and gets masshealth. These examples are ppl I know with money doing this. I also know illegals who skim off the system: work under the table no need to document income qualify for wic,snap, daycare and housing. I would say the tax payers are the victoms and deval is not listening either.
stevieB August 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It will never change as long as we keep electing deval the liar, the deviant kennedys and people like lieawatha warren...get people to depend on the government...the motto of the democratic party.
ella watson August 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Welfare reform was signed into law by Clinton, Bush and the republican party had 8 years to reform or change it. Now because of the racist undertones ( against women) from the republican party and its voting public.the EBT card are not worthy of its recipients. Shame on those that are racist and write it down for the non ignorant to see. It just shows how much against women the republicans are. Women be afraid..be very afraid...And to those that are sure and know that the cards are being abused..your failure to report them ..makes you just as responsibe as those that you seem to critisize.
Danielle DiRusso August 28, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I agree that promoting healthy eating & supporting locally grown produce, but I DO NOT agree with people with EBT card should have free range to purchase what they like at any farmers market. It should be limited (like the WIC programs Farmer market vouchers) to only fresh fruits and veggies, not pie, treats, wine etc. And it really doesnt matter where the funding comes from, it doesnt make it right. This is about teaching people the importance of healthy eating, and im pretty sure pie is not one of the major food groups. I am TEAM TABER! NO PIE FOR YOU!
Danielle DiRusso August 28, 2012 at 09:20 PM
If I ever "god forbid" have an EBT card i will not abuse its privileges by using it to buy pie...I will use it the proper way and buy the necessities (bread, milk, cheese, produce) for my family. Its not about being ignorant towards the less fortunate its about the less fortunate getting there priorities straight! Pie is not a necessity. Sorry the truth comes off ignorant!
raymay August 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
You know I think we should punish poor people and try to tell them what they can and can't buy with the pittance that the EBT cards provide. I am positive that that will teach these horrible poor people valuable lessons about healthy eating! Because life's just about the bread, not the bread and roses we were told that we all need. Surely, they are poor because of their own personal shortcomings, right? It's not like they're perhaps elderly and on a fixed income and didn't happen to strike it rich, or perhaps they are ill or handicapped.
Danielle DiRusso August 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Oh my god people...no one is "punishing" poor people...or being "ignorant" were all just saying its not acceptable to purchase non fresh produce items, e.I. : fruits and vegetables from farmers markets with ebt tokens...im all for letting them use it for fruits and vegetable...as a person who was once on WIC, YES, ME, ON WIC...I think the opportunity to be able to buy produce with your ebt card is great but I think it needs to have rule and restrictions in which it follows the "example" they are trying to set, which is healthy eating. Don't forget, this topic wouldn't even be discussed if someone didn't try to buy a $17 pie with there ebt tokens..responsible use of an ebt card is all we are looking for.
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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