Multiply your 3SquaresVT/SNAP dollars with Crop Cash at your local farmers market!
When you spend 3SquaresVT/SNAP benefits at a participating farmers market, you'll receive extra money to spend on local food. Markets will match $10 or more of your SNAP benefits per day. 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.
Note: Due to unprecedented use this year, we need to pause the Crop Cash and Crop Cash Plus programs for the rest of the holiday and winter market season (December through April 2024). Beginning on December 1, 2023, no Crop Cash or Crop Cash Plus coupons will be distributed or redeemed. We expect to continue Crop Cash again in summer 2024.
How does the Crop Cash match work?
Summer 2023 (May 1 - September 30, 2023): For every dollar of 3SVT/SNAP you spend at a participating farmers market, you can receive a dollar of Crop Cash to spend on fruits, vegetables, herbs, and culinary seeds and plant starts. During the Summer 2023 season, the Crop Cash PLUS pilot program will add an additional dollar per dollar match to spend on any SNAP-eligible item.* You can match up to $20 of your 3SVT/SNAP benefits per market day with both Crop Cash and Crop Cash PLUS. Here's what that can look like:
- If you were to spend $10 of SNAP benefits at the market, you can get $10 of Crop Cash (for fruits/vegetables) and $10 of Crop Cash PLUS (for SNAP-eligible items). That's a total of $20 extra dollars to spend at the market!
- If you were to spend $20 or more of SNAP benefits, you can get up to $20 of Crop Cash (for fruits/vegetables) and up to $20 of Crop Cash PLUS (for SNAP-eligible items). That's a total of $40 extra dollars to spend at the market!
Fall & Winter 2023-24 (October 1, 2023 - November 30, 2023): For every dollar of 3SVT/SNAP you spend at a participating farmers market, you can receive a dollar of Crop Cash to spend on fruits, vegetables, herbs, and culinary seeds and plant starts. You can match up to $10 of your 3SVT/SNAP benefits per market day with Crop Cash (no Crop Cash PLUS).*
- If you were to spend $10 of SNAP benefits at the market, you can get $10 of Crop Cash (for fruits/vegetables).
- You may continue to spend the Crop Cash PLUS coupons you received during the summer months, but you will not receive any new coupons.
*Folks who receive their benefits as EBT Cash or Direct Deposit will not receive Crop Cash. Rather, they will receive double the match of Crop Cash PLUS in the summer, and a one-to-one match in the winter. Folks who wish to spend EBT Cash benefits at a farmers market should let the market manager know they receive their benefits as EBT Cash, and how much they would like to spend in their benefits at the market. The market manager will match double that amount in Crop Cash PLUS coupons during the summer season, and will match the amount (dollar for dollar) in the winter season.
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.
How to Get and Use Crop Cash
Winter Farmers Markets with Crop Cash:
Barre Farmers Market (Old Labor Hall) (Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm; monthly, January 31st-April 24th)
Bennington Farmers Market (First Baptist Church) (Saturdays 10am-1pm; November 11th & December 16th)
Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market (Winston Prouty Campus) (Saturdays 10am-2pm; weekly, November 4th-March 30th)
Burlington Farmers Market (Burlington Beer Co) (Saturdays 12-3pm; every 2 weeks, November 18th-April 27th)
Caledonia Farmers Market (St Johnsbury Welcome Center) (Saturdays 10am-1pm; twice per month, November 4th-April 20th)
Capital City Farmers Market (Caledonia Spirits Distillery) (Saturdays 10am-1pm; twice per month, December 9-April 27th)
Champlain Islands Farmers Market (South Hero Congregational Church) (Saturdays 10am-2pm; weekly, November 4th-December 16th)
Dorset Farmers Market (JK Adams Kitchen Store) (Sundays 10am-2pm; weekly, October 15th-May 5th)
Greensboro Farmers Market (Greensboro United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall) (Wednesdays 4-7pm; November 15th & December 2nd)
Middlebury Farmers Market (VFW Post) (Saturdays 9am-12:30pm; weekly, November 4th-April 27th)
Morrisville Farmers Market (Lost Nation Event Space) (Saturday, November 18th 9am-1pm)
Northfield Farmers Market (Order online Thursday-Monday, pickup Wednesdays 5-6pm; November 9th-April 3rd)
Norwich Farmers Market (Tracy Hall) (Saturdays 10am-1pm; twice per month, November 18th-April 20th)
Putney Farmers Market (Green Mountain Orchard) (Sundays 11am-3pm; weekly, November 19th-December 24th)
Randolph Holiday Farmers Market (Bethany Church) (Saturday, December 16th 10am-2pm)
Shelburne Winter Market (Saturdays 10am-2pm; weekly, November 18th-March 30th)
Vermont Farmers Market (Franklin Convention Center, Rutland) (Saturdays 10am-2pm; weekly, November 4th-May 4th)
Winooski Winter Farmers Market (O'Brien Community Center) (Sundays 10am-2pm; twice per month, November 12th-April 14th)