A farmer’s market is a great place to buy fresh, local, and healthy food. It's also a great way to support local businesses. According to a study by Cornell University, every dollar spent at a farmer's market generates an additional $0.63 in local economic activity.
To make easier for residents to shop fresh and local, the Town of Weymouth has partnered with the Weymouth Food Pantry to increase the Market's capacity to accept non-cash payments. Shoppers without cash can swipe a debit card at the Market Manager’s table in exchange for Market Bucks, or $5 tokens. These tokens act as cash at the Market to purchase products from participating vendors. The minimum transaction amount to receive Market Bucks is $20 (the same amount required at most ATMs). While there are no refunds for Market Bucks, the tokens never expire, so customers can keep what they don't use for later.
In 2016, the Farmer’s Market facilitated $2,875 in debit card sales. This money went directly into the hands of local farms and small businesses, helping to support our local economy.