If you haven’t been to the Mankato Farmers’ Market in a few years, you may want to check it out soon. And if you’re short on cash, go ahead and bring that debit or credit, because they take ‘em now.
The Karau family hadn’t been to the market in a few years, and after a trip to the Mankato YMCA Saturday morning, decided to check it out.
“I love it, it’s really nice,” said mom Darci Karau, pushing 3-month-old Jeran in a stroller. “I didn’t realize it was so big.”
The market has come a long way in last few years. But perhaps the biggest change may be the fact that you don’t need any spare change to shop.
Mankato Farmers’ Market Manager Caroline Wood said they’ve struggled somewhat to get the word out, but people are catching on to the fact that customers can bring a debit or credit card to the market. Also, Blue Earth County residents who receive federal food assistance are now being given benefit cards to use at grocers.
Now, anyone with a financial transaction card can come to the market, get it swiped at the main Mankato Farmers’ Market booth and get tokens valued at $1 or $5. The tokens are accepted by all vendors, who turn them in later to Wood for cash.
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