A view of the Lincoln Square Farmers' Market in Chicago in 2011. The Thursday Evening version of the market, along with numerous others in Illinois, will begin to offer the option of electronic payment under a new federal grant.
Brian Mackey of Illinois Public Radio reported for this story.
The number of Illinois farmers' markets that accept electronic payment is expected to double under a new federal grant. The program pays for machines that can swipe credit, debit and Link cards -- the modern version of food stamps.
Josh Dotson's family has been selling produce at farmers' markets for decades.
Dotson sells at markets that already accept Link cards, and he says it's brought new customers.
The City of St. Louis has unveiled its plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park.
Physical improvements would include completely enclosing the market, expanding parking options and adding signage that distinguishes venders that are selling locally grown food from vendors that are reselling produce or other food items.
The farmers market would be open all weekend, too.
Citing a survey indicating strong customer demand, the market would shift from being open Wednesday through Saturday to Thursday through Sunday.