Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers' markets: impact on SNAP redemption and overall sales

Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul;102(7):e53-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300727. Epub 2012 May 17.


Although farmers' markets offer healthy foods for purchase, many lack the equipment necessary to process convenient, card-based transactions. We assessed the impact of providing wireless terminals to 5 markets on overall sales and redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Sales increased significantly at 4 of the 5 markets after implementation of the terminals, and overall sales increased above and beyond SNAP redemption alone. Implementation of wireless terminals may be important for improving the financial stability and accessibility of farmers' markets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / organization & administration
  • Arizona
  • Computer Terminals*
  • Food Supply*
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Marketing / instrumentation*
  • Marketing / organization & administration
  • Pilot Projects
  • Wireless Technology