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Farmers Market Taking Food Stamps

YAKIMA, Wash.-  The Yakima Farmer's market is in full swing, and this year the market plans to add something new to the annual event... they're accepting food stamps.

The Farmer's Market is every Sunday starting in May and running until October. Vendors sell crafts and farmers and concessionist sell their food.  

Market Manager Don Eastridge said, "We just got approved for the U.S.D.A Food Stamp Program; we'll have the machine probably this coming week and we'll be able to take food stamps at that time."

According to Eastridge, is you plan to use a food stamp card at the market, the process will be very similar to how it works in many grocery stores.  He says the only difference is you'll get coupons for the amount of money you want to take out. 

"People will use those and if they don't use them all in one day they can come back the following weekend till they're used up," said Eastridge.

Eastridge says the farmers market had to apply for a food stamp licensing through the United States Department of Agriculture and the process took nearly three months.