Orlando,Fla.- A state lawmaker, Sen. Geraldine Thompson is proposing a bill that would require open market vendors to accept EBT or SNAP benefits. But some vendors say this is an over reach.
“Asking all these little guys who do farmer’s markets all over the country to accept EBT and get a point-of-sales system at the farmers market seems ridiculous to me,” said Troy Gage of Eat More Produce in Winter Park.
When the city’s farmer’s market comes around, Gage said he’s always one of the vendors out there selling his produce.
“We use it in our store but we don’t use it in our off-site locations, simply because we are not going to invest in POS systems for small, little markets outdoors and things like that,” said Gage. “It is just not functional.”
State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, a house sponsor to the Senate bill says “Hopefully the vendors realize that could potentially help them make more money.”
Fullwood says that if the bill is to pass it will go into effect July 1.
The Department of Agriculture has a ‘program’ where vendors can get the EBT processing machine for free.
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