Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

EBT at your farmers market

By Madeline Kastler   IATP
Published July 1, 2011

Local FoodAgricultureFood AssistanceFoodNutrition

Used under creative commons license from nataliemaynor.

Affordable, healthy food is now easier for recipients of SNAP (the new food stamp program) to buy, thanks to a coordinated effort that allows more farmers markets to accept benefits through EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables and other healthy food. EBT cards will be accepted at six Minneapolis farmers markets this season. Customers purchase tokens from the market with their EBT cards that can be spent with vendors throughout the market.

Market Bucks coupons will match the first $5 in EBT card purchases. Customers making purchases with and EBT cards can receive an additional $5 in Market Bucks each market day.

For more information, see below for market locations and times or contact IATP at 612-870-3450.

Minneapolis Farmers Market
Thursdays-Fridays, 9am-12pm
Saturdays-Sundays, 7am-1pm
312 East Lyndale Ave N 55405
Northeast Minneapolis
Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm
7th Ave NE & University Ave NE 55413
West Bank Farmers
Market at Brian Coyle

Tuesdays, 11am-1pm
420 15th Ave S 55454
Midtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm
2225 East Lake St 55406
West Broadway
Farmers Market
Sundays, 10am-3pm
Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm
2101 W Broadway Ave N 55411
West Bank Farmers
Market at Augsburg
Tuesdays, 2pm-5pm
701 22nd Ave S 55454


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