Oregon Trail, debit, credit, WIC
Did you know you can use your Oregon Trail and debit/credit cards at all three outdoor market sites? Go to the market booth and change some plastic into wooden tokens. It’s fun and easy. The debit tokens also make great gifts or incentives!
When outside funds are available, we have given out extra tokens to customers who use Oregon Trail. For 2016, we’ll have the Double Up Food Bucks program, which look more like a playing card.
More vendors are using mobile technology to accept their own debit and credit. It’s another way to keep your fridge local if you run out of cash.
Many eligible vendors take WIC and Senior vouchers from June through October. A few vendors accept the enhanced WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers for a wide range of fresh and even frozen produce. As that program goes electronic, we will be out of luck until some legal and technological change occurs.
Some links for customers
Animals in the markets
In 2009 the Oregon Department of Agriculture instructed farmers’ markets to restrict animals other than service animals to the main aisles of the market.
Here are some tips that will make everyone’s market experience better:
Bring an additional human, if at all possible, to hold the leash while you enter stalls to shop. Not all vendors have their cash box up front.
Always keep leashes short enough to minimize trip hazards and prevent unwanted interactions with other dogs and people. Voice control does not comply with city ordinances.
Just in case … Add an extra bag to the produce bags you bring so you can make a quick recovery.