Using Link at the Market


You can use your SNAP benefits to buy from vendors onsite, in our online pre orders market, or both! You must stop at the market booth first to purchase tokens to use for on site shopping or to pay for pre orders. 

Here’s how to use EBT benefits to shop in person:

  1. Stop at the market booth to swipe your Link card to purchase Link tokens.
  2. Use your tokens to purchase Link approved items from any of our vendors.
  3. Tokens don’t expire, so if you don’t spend them all be sure to bring them back the next time you shop the market!
    Market vendors may only accept Link tokens purchased from the AFM.

Here’s how to place and pay for pre orders using EBT benefits:

Pre ordering for the online AFM through WhatsGood is not currently available. Preordering will reopen prior to the 2021 market, please check back for updates.

  1. Create an account on WhatsGood by downloading the WhatsGood app or creating an account at
  2. Email us at with the first name, last name, zip code and email associated with your WhatsGood account and let us know that you are a SNAP/EBT customer. You must email us this information to be able to use your SNAP benefits for the online market. We will notify WhatsGood to label your account as SNAP eligible.
  3. Log into WhatsGood and find the Andersonville Farmers Market! The online market is open from noon Monday-11pm Friday. Click ‘Start Shopping from this Market’ (You can browse products anytime but can’t purchase outside the store hours).
  4. Add your desired items to your cart and at check out click ‘Pay Later with SNAP’. Note: you must only select ‘Pay Later with SNAP’ at checkout for SNAP eligible products. You must add a credit card or debit card number to your payment methods to pay for non-SNAP eligible items via a separate transaction.
  5. Stop at the market booth to swipe your Link card to purchase Link tokens. Please do this before picking up your items. Use these tokens to pay vendors for your pre ordered purchases.

Our 2021 Link Up matching program is continuing! This program allows Link cardholders to receive up to $25/week in Universal Currency, which can be used to purchase fresh produce at ALL participating farmers markets in the state of Illinois. Our Link Up matching program will continue as long as funds are available.
Please be aware that Universal Currency may only be used to purchase fresh produce. Currency expires December 31, 2021.

The Andersonville Farmers Market has accepted SNAP since 2010, and is proud to be part of the Link Up Illinois matching program, increasing the buying power of customers using Link to purchase fresh, local food.