A farmers market is a great place to buy fresh, local, healthy food. It's also a great opportunity to support local business. 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 it easier for residents to shop fresh and local at the farmers market, 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 Bucks table in exchange for $5 wooden 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 shoppers can keep what they don't use for later.
In 2017, the Weymouth Farmer's Market facilitated $5,410 in debit card sales - up $2,535 or 88 percent from 2016. This money went directly into the hands of farmers and small businesses, helping to support the local economy.