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