Low-income people now have a high-tech way to buy produce at the Modesto Certified Farmers Market. It has arranged to accept payments via electronic balance transfer cards, which are similar to bank debit cards.
The cards are issued by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, market manager Marie Uber said.
Recipients can swipe their cards at a wireless terminal in the parking lot of the Stanislaus County Library, next to the market at 16th and H streets. They will receive tokens that vendors will accept through the end of the 2010 market run.
The cards cannot be used for hot foods or other prepared items.
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The market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays until mid-November and for a few Saturdays before Christmas.