Iowa City Farmers Market will be more accessible than ever this coming season with the addition of a credit card and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program. Shoppers may bring their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) and/or credit cards to a centralized information table and swipe their cards for tokens that correspond with the amount they choose to take off their cards. All eligible vendors will accept the SNAP tokens and all vendors will accept the credit card tokens.

“The addition of the SNAP/credit card program is really a win-win for us,” said Tammy Neumann, who manages the Farmers Market for Iowa City Parks and Recreation. “It’s good for the vendors because it will bring in new patrons, and it’s good for the shoppers because they can access fresh, local foods more easily.”

The addition of the SNAP/credit card program also helps fulfill the mission of the Market, which is to serve culturally and economically diverse populations, and to increase access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe foods and other products of local labor for all patrons.

For more information, contact Tammy Neumann at 319-356-5210 or email

Date of publication

Thursday, March 10, 2016