Program Information

for Farmers Markets & Direct Marketing Farmers


For Farmers Markets & Direct Marketing Farmers

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recognizes that America’s farmers markets (FMs) and direct marketing farmers (DMFs) are a great source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

FNS has made it a priority to expand access to such food for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants by providing free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) equipment necessary to process SNAP benefits to eligible FMs and DMFs.

Interested in Free SNAP EBT Equipment & Service?

SNAP authorized FMs and DMFs are eligible for funding if you:

A. Have not previously received EBT equipment through this Program, and

B. Do not currently possess functioning SNAP EBT equipment, or

C. Currently possess functioning SNAP EBT equipment, but received the equipment before May 2, 2012, and

D. In the case of a DMF, participate in at least one farmers market.

Benefits for Eligible FMs and DMFs

Eligible FMs and DMFs will have the option to choose their own SNAP approved equipment from one of the participating service providers. The costs of purchasing the equipment and services (set-up costs, monthly service fees, and wireless fees) for up to three years will be covered for eligible FMs and DMFs. Transaction fees (for SNAP EBT, credit, and debit payments) will not be covered.

How to Apply for the SNAP EBT Equipment Program

Once you’ve received your SNAP Authorization Permit Number from FNS, you can start your application for free EBT equipment here. Contact information, including a valid email address, FNS number, and some general information about your farm or farmers market will be required. Funding for this program is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.



  • Your contact information, including email address
  • Your market’s FNS number (from your SNAP Permit)
  • General information about your market


  • Your contact information, including email address
  • General information about your farm
  • Your FNS number (from your SNAP Permit)
  • The name of at least one farmers market where you participate as a vendor

Click Here to download the full program brochure (including an application checklist).