About This Program

The Double Dollars program provides EBT card shoppers with a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25 per market day at participating farmers’ markets. The extra money spent by shoppers goes straight into the pockets of the vendors who get reimbursed for the full value of every Double Dollar they redeem. Double Dollars is sponsored by the City of Madison and Dane County, and administered by CACSCW.

For more information, contact Alma Horlock: almah@cacscw.org (608) 246-4730 ext. 208

With Double Dollars, shoppers win, vendors win, farmers’ markets win, and our community wins!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can withdraw as much as you would like for that market day. However, you can only receive up to $25 in Double Dollars per market day. Volunteers can run a balance inquiry on your account when they swipe your card.

Eligible products are meant to be prepared and eaten at home. Eligible products include:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Plants and seeds that grow food

Market currency cannot be spent on:

  • Flowers or non-food producing plants
  • Pet food and products
  • Non-food items like toiletries, paper products, household supplies, and cosmetics
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
  • Vitamins and medicine
  • Prepared foods (for example, anything sold by a food cart)

Double Dollars is available at participating farmers’ markets during the height of the market season each year. Dates vary slightly each year and will be announced before the season starts. The Willy Street Co-op also runs a sister program during the market off-season.

Bring your Quest EBT card with you to the information booth at a participating farmers’ market. The market staff or volunteers will swipe your card and provide you with the market money and Double Dollars. You will receive one market dollar and one Double Dollar for every dollar you withdraw.

You have a couple options!

The most common is to hang onto those dollars until the next market day. Market dollars, or the dollars you take off of your EBT/SNAP card, can ONLY be spent at the market you received them at. Matched dollars, called Double Dollars, can be spent at any market that participates in the Double Dollars program.

If you don’t spend all of your dollars and do not want to hang onto them until the next market, you can return them to your card. For every dollar that goes back on your card, you must return the physical Market Dollar that was given. If the dollars you want to return to your card were matched by Double Dollars, you must also return each Double Dollar match you received for each Market Dollar you return to your card.

There is no minimum, but you must withdraw in whole dollar increments.

No, anyone who has an EBT/SNAP card can participate – even if you have an out-of-state card!

The Co-op program typically starts in the Fall and runs until the Spring. On Double Dollars Tuesdays, any shopper using a EBT/SNAP card to purchase groceries will be eligible to receive up to $20 worth of Double Dollars coupons to use during future shopping trips. Dollars are matched in $5 increments, and Co-op Double Dollars can be spent on eligible fresh, frozen, and canned produce as well as edible plant seedlings. For more information on the Co-op Double Dollars program, visit https://www.willystreet.coop/community/double-dollars

See a full listing of markets below. Be sure to confirm dates and times by visiting your market’s website.

Market dollars, or the dollars you take off of your EBT/SNAP card, can ONLY be spent at the market you received them/took them off your card at. You can use your EBT/SNAP card at any market that accepts EBT, even if they don’t participate in Double Dollars. If you take off too many Market Dollars at one market and wish to spend them a another market, you can return the excess dollars to your card at the info booth where you received them and take more dollars off your card at a different market.

Matched dollars, or Double Dollars, can be spent at any market that participates in the Double Dollars program.

Summer Markets

ATTENTION: Dates and Times may have changed for your neighborhood markets due to COVID-19. For more information on your market and how they are adapting, please click on your market’s website tab.

2020 Double Dollars market season | July 1st – October 31st

Winter Markets