What Do You Think? Walpole Baker Refuses to Accept EBT Cards at Braintree Farmers Market

Pie vendor refuses to accept EBT cards at farmers market. What do you think?

“I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” Andrea Taber, proprietor of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, told the Boston Herald.

Taber sells her pies at the , yet refuses to accept tokens that the Farmers Market organizers sell to Electronic Benfits Transfer or EBT cardholders for use at the market.

Farmers Market chairwoman Donna Ingemanson said that people on food stamps needed healthy choices and asked the Herald, "What better chance to buy healthy foods than at a farmers market?"

Taber said buying fruits and vegetables with an EBT card is fine, but drew the line at using the card to purchase sweets, according to the Herald.

Should food vendors be able to decide who they sell their products to? Do you think that farmers markets should sell tokens to EBT cardholders? Should EBT cards be used for items like sweets? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Kitchen Sink TV August 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@ Dennis: Give it a rest. You are all Democrat, all government and while making everyone pay to support your voters is your way, for now this is still America and Ms. Taber should not be forced to sell a luxury item to people on public assistance. I am with her and her company 100%.
SC August 26, 2012 at 02:29 AM
David and Miguel, Please help me here. We are talking about"pies" here correct? I could understand if a business denied struggling people with basic required nutrition. Last time I checked "pies" are not considered one of the basic food groups. At a time in our history where we have a record number of Americans on Food Stamps, I don't see any problem with a business that sells pies expressing its views on these matters by only accepting certain forms of payment. Last time I checked no one died from malnutrition because they were denied a pie. needed some Listening to your comments you would think t
david franciosi August 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
we are not talking about pies...that was how this got started..we are talking about a simple matter..allowing people who have ebt cards to choose what they want to eat within the parameters set by the ebt governing body!...its that simple..they know what they can buy and cannot buy..they have the right to choose whatever they want and however much of their allotment they want to use on whatever..they get no more when they use up their monthly allotment..so why should anyone care or step into someone elses shoes and decide what they should buy with their ebt card..is everyone on this subject eating properly and exercising the right amount..give me a break..im sure everyone here indulges beyond what is "nutritional" at times..why shouldnt someone on ebt..the next thing these self righteous people will want to do is limit the number of toilet paper squares a welfare recipient can use in a day!!..we are all so quick to decide what the next guy should do or say, etc etc..but god forbid we take a good long look in our own mirrors or our own families or our family histories..no one is exempt!!!! give it a rest and do something productive for yourselves and the world!!!!
SC August 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
You ask "so why should anyone care or step into someone elses shoes and decide what they should buy with their ebt card?" We care because: (1) We are American Citizens that vote, pay taxes and enjoy our constitutional right of freedom of speech. (the same right that allows us to both express different points of view), (2) We care how taxpayer money is spent and the huge deficits and debt the country has accumulated, (3) Our Governement Cares - Your "EBT Governing Body" has already made decisions about what individuals "should buy with their ebt card" They prohibit alcohol, cigarettes, pet foods, hot foods, foods eaten in a store, etc. They looked at the question of the implications of restricting the use of food stamp benefits over five years ago in 2007 (before reliance on the program has exploded) and recognized that "by most standards most American diets are in need of improvement" and recognized "the interest in using Federal nutrition assistance programs to promote healthy choices", however decided it was too dificult of a problem to solve. They thought offering healthy incentives was a better alternative. That is why our government has instituted a "Healthy Incentive Pilot" program where a 30% subsidy is being offered for produce, and finally (4) I agree both with the company owners action as well as her right to make this decision. No - we will not "give it a rest" because we care what our government does.
Kim.best@yahoo.com September 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I do work and I attend college, I have one son and a loser ex-husband. I don't make enough money to cover all expenses, esp. Medical care; which my employer dosen't cover. After graduating i will have a better job. I do receive F.S. and i buy, fruits and veggies but i also buy some donutes,coffee, and 1 liter of soda. I love salmon, I buy that once in a while if it's on sale, I buy chicken,ground turkey and beef. I may be poor but can i have a little expense. We rarely eat out, once a month I take my son to eat McDonalds,. I know a lot of people who are poorer than I am, I pray for them.


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