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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 will offer training session for new market managers, new vendors, and vendors and market managers needing to be re-trained. Dates and locations for 2018 are still being determined.

If your market would like to schedule a training (likely in conjunction with your spring member meeting), please email Ashley Bress (or call 651-201-6648) and we will do our best to accommodate those requests. 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

Ruth White