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Aug 20, 2010 05:10 PM

Shopping Farmers Market - Need Receipts

We are looking to buy fruits and veggies from the farmers market, but need receipts for tax reasons. Has anyone else had to do this?

Are there any markets at which it is easier to obtain receipts for purchases?

Any advice appreciated.

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  1. This is just a guess, but I'm thinking since the Midtown farmer's market takes EBT, they must have some method to swipe people's benefit cards, right? So maybe they could also put together a receipt for you.

    1. for small cash purchases i would bring your own notebook & pen-- a lg or small legal pad works well-- and make brief note of farm name/farmer, produce/quantity, price. farmer can initial. some markets have booth #s and you can alternately use the booth #. use a new page for each shopping day/market location, total your cash expenditures for each day. this KISS method should be fine for tax purposes.

      for large purchases (quantities of meat etc) you can use a check, in most cases, with a check record. markets that accept cc payments, SNAP, & checks may have printable receipts but not every vendor will have them. the legal pad method works the best for me to keep vaguely organized, as it seems to me that accountants seem unduly angered when presented with a bus tub full of little scraps of undated paper for $3 of this and $16 that; "did you write this on a donut bag," "you know there are big distributing companies where you can just order all this stuff and they deliver it on one truck," "this paper said you bought ramps at a farmers market and i'm pretty sure you're thinking of the hardware store"-- ha ha i'm so easy to work with, accountants hate me.