In an effort to increase access to fresh, healthy specialty crop produce to all Ohioans the Ohio
Department of Agriculture has established the Farmers Market Access project to fund new
infrastructure and outreach enabling these markets to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).
EBT refers to the electronic processing of food assistance through the Ohio Department of Job &
Family Services. ODA intends that all funding will be used to promote Ohio agriculture and to
advance the long-term economic viability and sustainability of Ohio’s specialty crop industry
while promoting food security for nutrition assistance recipients at Ohio farmers’ markets.
Ohio non-profit organizations, cooperatives, associations or governmental entities managing an Ohio farmers’
market are eligible to apply.