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Information for Farmers (Basic Vendor Information)


2018 S/FMNP Authorized Vendor Trainings

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are designed to bring new customers to farmers' markets and improve the diets of low-income, nutritionally-at-risk children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and people over 60, by providing them with fresh, locally grown produce. FMNP and SFMNP families receive $20-$25 per year to spend with authorized farmers who are selling at authorized farmers’ markets.

Who should become an authorized vendor?

Individual, for-profit farmers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers’ markets, and who want to have an additional source of income and future customers.

What are the requirements to become an authorized vendor?

  • Sell, fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Sell at an authorized farmers’ market (see a list of last year’s authorized markets)
  • Be a resident of Minnesota or a bordering state and farm in Minnesota or a bordering county
  • Grow the items that you sell at the farmers’ market. The following requirements are necessary to be considered “grown by the vendor":
    1. Own the land you farm, or rent with a rental agreement in your name;
    2. Purchase the seeds, inputs, etc.;
    3. Hired help must be employees and not contractors (must pay wages, FICA etc.);
    4. May not be grown by adult children who live apart from the member.

How do you become an authorized vendor?

  • Attend a training session
  • Complete a vendor authorization agreement and return by the deadline
  • Receive an authorization letter from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

What does it cost?

There’s no cost for farmers to participate and training is free. No special equipment is necessary. Checks are deposited into your bank account.

What types of products are eligible?

Fresh fruits and vegetables that you grew.

Where does the program operate?

Due to limited funding, the program is only currently offered in limited areas. Farmers who sell at farmers’ markets in these areas may be eligible: Albert Lea, Alexandria, Austin, Bemidji, Chisago City, Detroit Lakes, Faribault, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Northfield, Rochester, St. Joseph, St. Cloud, Wabasha, Wadena, and the Twin Cities Metro.


2018 Authorized Vendor Trainings

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers training sessions for new market managers, new vendors, and vendors and market managers needing to be re-trained. Additional dates and locations for 2018 may be added.

Date Time Location Other Details
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Riverland Community College
Room 117
2200 Riverland Drive
Albert Lea MN 56007
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend March 27 session in Albert Lea
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
10 - 11:30 am
Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)
1007 Broadway Avenue North
Minneapolis MN 55411
Sessions will be presented in English and Hmong. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 4 session in Minneapolis
Friday, April 6, 2018
5 - 6 pm
Staples Community Center Meeting Room
425 Fourth Street NE
Staples MN 56479
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 6 session in Staples
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am
Harmony Natural Foods Co-op Community Kitchen
302 Irvine Avenue NW
Bemidji MN 56601
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 7 session in Bemidji
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Maplewood Branch Library
Community Program Room
3025 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood MN 55109
This session will be presented in English and translated into Hmong. English and Hmong speakers are welcome to join. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 11 session in Maplewood
Thursday, April 12, 2018
10:30 am - 12 noon
NACDI
1414 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis MN 55404
Sessions will be presented in English and Spanish. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 12 session in Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am
Rochester Downtown Farmers' Market
1421 Third Avenue SE
Rochester MN 55904
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 18 session in Rochester
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Richfield Community Center
Richfield Room
7000 Nicollet Avenue
Richfield MN 55432
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend April 20 session in Richfield
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:00 am - 12 noon
Detroit Lakes Pulblic Library
1000 Washington Ave
Detroit Lakes MN 56501
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend May 16 session in Detroit Lakes
Thursday, May 17, 2018
5 - 6 pm
Rondo Community Library
Flex Room
461 Dale Street North
Saint Paul MN 55104
This session will be presented in English. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to begin completing vendor authorization agreements.
RSVP to attend May 17 session in Saint Paul

If your market would like to schedule a training (likely in conjunction with your spring member meeting), please email Ashley Bress at Ashley.Bress@state.mn.us or call 651-201-6648 and we will do our best to accommodate your request. We ask that you A) have at least five fruit or vegetable farmers who need training, and B) allow farmers who are not members of your market to attend.

MDA Contacts

Ashley Bress
ashley.bress@state.mn.us
651.201.6648

Ruth White
ruth.white@state.mn
651.201.6494