The Salem Farmers’ Market accepts the SNAP/EBT card. The goal of this page is to answer as many questions as we can about the program and how it works. If there is anything we did not cover that you would like to know more about, visit us at our tent on Market day (Thursdays, from 3:00-7:00PM) at Derby Square or check out our About Us page for more ways to get in touch with the Market.
How It Works
Visit the Farmers’ Market info table (located at the base of the Old Town Hall steps). You will pay using your SNAP/EBT card for market-specific coupons worth $1, $2, or $5. You can use the coupons at any vendor on eligible items. There is no expiration date on the coupons, so if you purchase more than you needed, come back another week to use the rest!
One thing to note, the vendors cannot give you change. If the items you purchase add up to $4.75, you will not get the .25 cents back. We encourage vendors to work with you to get the purchase as close to the full amount as possible.
What Can Be Purchased
- seeds and plants for growing food
What Can Not be Purchased
- pet food
- cut flowers
- non-food items
The Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) is a state program that allows you to use your SNAP benefits to buy fruits and vegetables from a HIP authorized farm or vendor. You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to a monthly limit. We have three vendors at the market who accept HIP – Gibney Gardens, Long Hill Orchard, and Wally’s Vegetables. You do NOT need our coupons to take advantage of HIP, just go straight to the vendor.
News About the Program
Both SNAP and HIP are programs made possible through a generous grant from the MA Department of Transitional Assistance.