CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Community Farmers’ Market will accept EBT cards starting on Saturday.

EBT cards, otherwise known as LINK cards in Illinois are used to distribute food benefits from the Supplemental nutrition assistance Program, formally called the Food Stamp Program.

More Southern Illinois residents can purchase local sustainable raised fresh food that provide nutrition for their families while supporting local farmer and food producing now that the market accepts EBT cards.

“We want everyone in our community, regardless of income, to have access to high quality, nutritious foods at our farmers’ market,” said Angie Kuehl, market manager. “That’s our main goal.”

The market will use a market token system for EBT transactions. LINK card customers can use their EBT car the market’s welcome booth, where they swipe their car, and receive market tokens that can be used at any market vendor selling eligible food items.

The first 21 LINK card customers to use their EBT card to shop at the community market will receive a bonus $5 market token.

The market is located at the Carbondale Community High School and is open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Walnut Street entrance of the school.

The market has two distinct market seasons, winter and summer. The winter season runs November through April.

For more information about the market, visit

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