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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan (right) pays Michelle Kadlec (left) for green beans and cucumbers at Baltimore’s Farmers Market and Bazaar in Baltimore, MD on Sunday, July 8, 2012. The new wireless portable terminals at the welcome center accept the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, Baltimore Bucks, and debit cards utilizing a wireless connection. “SNAP participation at farmers' markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to families and expands the customer base for local farmers in the Delmarva area, a win-win for agriculture and local communities,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “And when we couple SNAP access at farmers markets with strategies like education, cooking demonstrations, and community support in the Baltimore area, consumption of healthy foods has potential to grow even more.” USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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Taken on July 8, 2012