Crop Cash

Double the impact of your budget while buying direct from farmers!

When you spend $10 in 3SquaresVT benefits at a participating farmers market, you'll receive $10 in Crop Cash to purchase fruits, vegetables, herbs, and culinary seeds and plant starts! This means $10 In 3SquaresVT buys $20 in local food! 

Anyone who receives 3SquaresVT/SNAP benefits is automatically eligible to get Crop Cash at a farmers market—there is no additional application for this program.

3SquaresVT, also known as SNAP/EBT (formerly known as food stamps) helps limited-income individuals and families buy the food they need. Benefits are generally provided on a card that functions like a debit card, and are accepted at most grocery stores and many farmer’s markets. Here is a list of food items that SNAP/EBT can buy.  For more information and assistance applying for 3SquaresVT benefits, visit the Vermont Foodbank website.

*Get even more Crop Cash! August 1st, 2022, through April 30th, 2023, you will receive $20 in Crop Cash for every $10 of SquaresVT benefits you use!

 

A cartoon shows a person at a market getting crop cash with each step written out in a caption. Step 1: Visit one of the farmers markets locations in the state that accepts EBT Cards. Step 2: Look for the yellow banner saying “EBT & Debit Cards Accepted Here” at the market’s information table. Or, ask someone where to find the market manager. Step 3: Let the person staffing the table know that you’d like to use your EBT card, and tell them how much of your 3SquareSVT benefits you’d like to spend at the market. Swipe your card in the EBT machine and enter your PIN. The amount requested will be taken from your 3SquaresVT account. You will be given one dollar ($1) wooden tokens which can be used to buy any SNAP-eligible food at the market. You will also be given one dollar of Crop Cash for every one dollar in 3SquaresVT benefits you spend (up to $10), which can be used to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible plant seeds/starts at the market. Crop Cash are FREE bonus coupons, but they must be used by the expiration date indicated on the coupon. They can only be redeemed at the market at which you received them. Step 4: Come back and do it again next week!