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Information for Farmers (Basic Vendor Information)


2017 S/FMNP and WIC Fruit and Vegetable Authorized Vendor Trainings

What are S/FMNP and WIC FVV?

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Voucher (WIC FVV) 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)
    • Grow the items that you sell at the farmers’ market. The following requirements are necessary to be considered “grown by the vendor":
      • Own the land you farm, or rent with a rental agreement in your name;
      • Purchase the seeds, inputs, etc.;
      • Hired help must be employees and not contractors (must pay wages, FICA etc.);
      • May not be grown by adult children who live apart from the member.
    • Be a resident of Minnesota or a bordering state and farm in Minnesota or a bordering county

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.

2017 Authorized Vendor Trainings

The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health will be offering training session for new market managers, new vendors, and vendors and market managers needing to be re-trained. Contact Ashley Bress (ashley.bress@state.mn.us; 651.201.6648) with questions.

Date Time Location Special Notes
Tuesday, April 11 4:30 pm – 6:00 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 20 minutes early to begin completing your farmer authorization agreement. Vendors arriving after 4:30 will not be authorized.
Tuesday, April 18 4:30 pm – 6:00pm Freeman Office Building
625 Robert Street N
St. Paul, MN 55155
Public, metered parking is available in the Orange Level of the Centennial Ramp and in Lot U. Parking is free beginning at 4:00. Map of Freeman/Centennial Building Area (PDF).
The building is also directly in front of the Robert St Light Rail Station on the Green Line.
An English session will be held in B149 and a Hmong session in B144.
Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early to get through security and begin completing your farmer authorization agreement. Vendors arriving after 4:30 will not be authorized and may have troubles getting through security.
Wednesday, April 19 9:00 am – 10:30 am Minnesota Department of Health District Office
1505 Pebble Lake Road – Suite 300
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign in and get to the room. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 19 9:00 am – 10:30 am Minnesota Department of Health District Office
705 Fifth Street NW – Suite A
Bemidji, MN 56601
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 19 9:00 am – 10:30 am Minnesota Department of Health District Office
Mankato Place Mall
12 Civic Center Plaza – Suite 2105
Mankato, MN 56001
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 19 9:00 am – 10:30 am Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center
Training Room First Floor
848 17th Street East
Wabasha, MN 55981
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Tuesday, April 25 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Ridgedale Library
Ridgedale RHR Full Room
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
This session will be presented in English.
Plan to arrive 20 minutes early to begin completing your farmer authorization agreement. Vendors arriving after 6:30 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Operations Center
216 Seventh Avenue West
Alexandria, MN 56308
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am Chisago Lakes Schools District Office
District Boardroom
13750 Lake Boulevard
Lindstrom, MN 55045
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am Government Services Building
Conference Room 3B, Second Floor
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.
Wednesday, April 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am Minnesota Department of Health District Office
18 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904
*Enter through the front door on the building’s north side.
The session will be presented in English via videoconference.
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Vendors arriving after 9:00 will not be authorized.

MDA Contacts

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

Ruth White
ruth.white@state.mn
651.201.6494