Fresher food is likely to get to more Illinois dinner tables. Federal funds will help 41 more farmers’ markets in the state obtain and install wireless electronic card readers that will accept the Link card from people in the SNAP (food stamp) program.  Markets in Alton, Edwardsville and East St. Louis are on the list locally.
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“Southern Illinois University is going to be studying the data that comes out of these expansions in farmers’ markets,” said Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon in helping to announce the grants. “I think we’ll be able to use their data to evaluate just how much this means to the people who are receiving extra access to food and how much it means economically to farmers and to our state’s economy.”  The electronic equipment has a technical name, but Simon says it’s easier to just call it a “swiping machine.” Each station would cost $1,200.
Illinois EBT Wireless Project Participants:
Abundant Market – Tuscola Downtown Farmers Market (Tuscola)
Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market (Alton)
Aurora Farmers Market East (Aurora)
Bartlett Farmers Market (Bartlett)
Bureau County Farmers Market (Princeton)
Carbondale Community Friday Night Fairs (Carbondale)
Central Park Farmers Market (Decatur)
City of Mendota Farmer’s Market (Mendota)
Clark County Farmers Market (Martinsville)
Clinton Area Farmers and Artisans Market (Clinton)
Deerfield Farmers Market (Deerfield)
DeKalb Farmers’ Market (DeKalb)
Discover Sycamore’s Farmers Market (Sycamore)
Elmwood Park Farmers Market (Elmwood Park)
F.R.E.S.H. Farmers Market (East St. Louis)
French Market (Villa Park)
George Washington Carver Farmers Market (Chicago)
Haymarket Square Park Farmers Market (Dixon)
Hinsdale Farmers Market (Hinsdale)
Hopkins Park/Pembroke Farmers’ Market (Pembroke Township)
Huntley Farmers Market (Huntley)
La Grange Farmers Market (La Grange)
Lincoln Square Thursday Evening Farmers Market (Chicago)
Lockport Farmer’s Market (Lockport)
Loyola Farmers Market (Chicago)
Main Street Farmers Market of Olney (Olney)
Morton Grove Farmers’ Market (Morton Grove)
Northbrook Farmers Market (Northbrook)
Old Capitol Farmers Market (Springfield)
Oswego Country Market (Oswego)
Palos Heights Farmers Market (Palos Heights)
Portage Park Farmers Market (Chicago)
Ravinia’s Farmers Market (Highland Park)
Ridgeville Farmers’ Market (Evanston)
Seaway Bank Farmers Market (Chicago)
Shelbyville Farmers Market (Shelbyville)
Skokie’s Farmers Market (Skokie)
The Land of Goshen Community Market (Edwardsville)
Trinity United Church of Christ Farmers Market (Chicago)
Twin City Market (Sterling)
Uptown Farmers Market at Weiss Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
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