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Cathy Dyson writes about King George County. You can email her at cdyson@freelancestar.com.

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Fresh-grown food combines with new angles of technology

Here are two examples of technology at the King George Farmers Market.

The market’s credit swiping machine is now in operation. Shoppers who are short of cash can swipe their credit cards and receive market tokens to spend. There is a $1 fee per transaction.

The market also is accepting SNAP EBT benefits (formerly known as food stamps). Market Manager DeLaura Padovan is offering up to $10 in bonus tokens for each SNAP customer each week until bonus tokens are used. She asked customers to spread the word about this offering, especially as so many people are  working hard to make ends meet.

“We believe our bonus tokens will help many families to eat more fresh local foods this season,” she said.

Also, the market’s last film in the spring series airs tonight. “Ladies of the Land,” about the growing number of women farmers, will be shown tonight at Smoot Library. Doors open at 6:30, film at 6:45. Admission is free.

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