CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Carbondale Friday Night Fair Farmer's Market will now accept LINK, debit and credit cards.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Illinois Department of Human Services allows an EBT machine to be available at the farmer's market.
The grant aims to boost the sale of Illinois-grown food and to provide access to fresh produce to low-income homes by enabling farmers' markets to accept Illinois LINK cards.
Previously free EBT machines required electricity, which is not always available at rural or community market locations.
Organizers hope the EBT machine will give the farmers' market vendors access to a new customer base.
The Friday Night Fair’s kick off celebration for the 2013 fair series will be held May 3, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. and will continue every Friday night in the months of May, June, August, and September.