BRAINTREE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A Walpole baker's decision to not accept EBT cards as a form of purchase has placed her at the center of a fight with the market where she sells her baked goods.
Andrea Taber, the owner of Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, feels that people's dessert purchases should not be paid for by taxpayers, reports the Boston Herald. She opted out when the Braintree Farmers Market began encouraging vendors to sell tokens to EBT users.
Market organizers hoped that the tokens would encourage those who may not have access to healthy choices to visit the market for healthy food. While Taber agrees that welfare benefits should be used to buy fresh produce, she draws the line at sweets.
Managers of the market will reportedly consider requiring vendors to accept EBT payment. Under Massachusetts law, businesses undergo an application process to accept EBT cards and are under most circumstances they are not required to accept them as a form of payment.
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