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.
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 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 (email@example.com; 651.201.6648) with questions.