2022 Farmers' Markets (FMNP redemption locations included) as of July 21, 2022
2022 Distribution Sites as of July 11, 2022
For more information on CT Farmers' Markets, visit our Farmers' Market page
Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP)
FMNP serves participants of Women, Infant, and
Children (WIC) and seniors over the age of 60 and meet income
eligibility guidelines by providing coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables,
cut herbs and honey at authorized locations throughout Connecticut.
WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
WIC FMNP is a congressionally authorized program administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAG) and jointly funded by the State of Connecticut and the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS).
The program provides a coupon booklet to participants of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) who are identified as “nutritionally at risk,” to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at FMNP authorized locations. WIC FMNP coupon booklets are distributed to local WIC agencies statewide by the agency through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. CT DoAg cannot send FMNP checks to individuals.
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The SFMNP is a supplemental food program for individuals over the age of 60 or those who are disabled living in housing where congregate nutrition services are provided and meet income eligibility. Participants must be enrolled in another program with proper means testing (ex: Renter Rebate) to verify income. Each eligible participant receives one (1) coupon booklet annually. SFMNP coupons can be redeemed at FMNP authorized locations throughout Connecticut for fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs, and honey.
SFMNP coupon booklets are issued by the agency to
municipal agents, elderly services nonprofits, or senior centers for
distribution to eligible participants. Please take a look at the 2022 Distribution Sites to find a location. CT DoAg cannot send SFMNP checks
FMNP Authorized Locations
Connecticut's Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) WIC and senior coupons are redeemable only at SFMNP Authorized Locations which include most Certified Connecticut Grown farmers’ markets and select farm stands. If a Certified Connecticut Grown farmers’ market is interested in becoming an FMNP authorized location, please contact Erin Windham, Erin.Windham@ct.gov, for more information.
Farmers growing fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey and sell at a Certified Connecticut Grown farmers’ market are individually certified by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to accept the coupons as payment for fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey. Certified farmers can deposit the FMNP coupons at any financial institution.
To accept FMNP WIC and senior coupons, Connecticut fruit, vegetable, cut herb and honey farmers must become certified to sell at a FMNP authorized farmers' market. Certification includes:
- being accepted into a Certified Connecticut Grown farmers' market
- Complete a FMNP Certification training
- submitting a crop plan (below) to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture
- having the production area verified through a certification visit
- signing a letter of agreement with the agency
Contact Erin Windham at Erin.Windham@ct.gov to schedule a certification visit. Farmers must be accepted into at least one authorized FMNP farmers' market prior to being certified.
For more information on
Connecticut farmers’ markets and other supplemental food programs offered
through farmers’ markets, please see the CT Farmers’
Market Reference Guide or call the CT Department of
Agriculture, Agricultural Development Unit
FILING A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT
If you believe you have been discriminated against in conjunction with the Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs, you may file a complaint with the USDA. Below you will find the pdf forms for filing a discrimination complaint in both English and Spanish. For more information, please visit their page "How to File a Complaint."