By Chris Macias
A new form of food assistance is coming to the Davis Farmers Market (4th and C streets, Davis). Starting Saturday, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards can be used to purchase items at the farmers market, from bread and eggs, to vegetables and pork. EBT cards are essentially an electronic version of food stamps, and they're increasingly being accepted at farmers markets. In Sacramento, EBT cards can currently be used at the Oak Park Farmers Market (which closed for the season on Oct. 16) and the Natomas Farmers Market (also closed for the season).
In Davis, representatives from the California Department of Social Services will swipe an EBT card in exchange for wooden tokens which can be redeemed for goods. This EBT program will be expanded to Davis' farmers market on Wednesdays starting March 16. For more information: www.davisfarmersmarket.org.