DOAG: WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Programs, Services, and Grant Opportunitites

Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs

Connecticut's Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) are a popular set of supplemental food programs offered in conjunction with most Connecticut farmers’ markets.  Farmers certified by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through these nutrition programs are authorized to accept vouchers distributed to eligible program participants for use at eligible farmers' markets.  Those farmers can then redeem the vouchers for face value, similar to checks. 

To become eligible to accept these checks, farmers must participate in a certification meeting, sign a letter of agreement, and submit a crop plan to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Certified farmers may deposit all FMNP checks at any Connecticut financial institution (bank, savings and loan, credit union, etc.) by appropriately endorsing each voucher. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Any produce farmer who wishes to participate in a FMNP authorized farmers’ market should contact the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Farmers must go through a certification meeting followed by production area verification prior to participating in a FMNP authorized market:


Crop Plan (2 pgs, Word doc)

Specialty Crop Plan (2 pgs, Word doc)

 
 

All fruit, vegetable, and honey producers currently certified with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) must attend a recertification meeting to maintain their certification.  The certification allows farms to accept the FMNP checks for fresh fruits, vegetables, and honey from WIC clients and income eligible seniors over the age of 60.

 

CANCELLED Wednesday, January 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam

A Farm Transition Grant Training Workshop will immediately following the recertification meeting starting at 11:00 a.m. Please arrange to attend another meeting.

 

Monday, January 22, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Windham County Extension Center, 139 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn

 

Thursday, February 1, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

CT Farm Bureau Association, 78 Beaver Road, Wethersfield

A Farm Transition Grant Training Workshop will immediately following the recertification meeting starting at 9:30 a.m.

 

Monday, February 5, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Dr, Torrington.

 

Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

CAES Windsor, 153 Cook Hill Road, Windsor

 

Wednesday, February 21, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

New London County Extension Center, 562 New London Turnpike, Norwich

 

Monday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CAES New Haven, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven

 

Please RSVP no later than 24 hours in advance of the meeting to Mark Hood at 860-713-2503 or Mark.Hood@ct.gov.  Should a meeting be cancelled due to weather, attendees who RSVP will be contacted.  One make up meet for any location cancelled due to weather will be held on March 20, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at CAES, 153 Cook Hill Road in Windsor.  Questions can be directed to Jaime Smith at 860-713-2503 or Jaime.Smith@ct.gov

 

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WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
The 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). 

This program provides benefits to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) who are identified as “nutritionally at risk,” to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at FMNP authorized farmers’ markets. Each eligible recipient receives five (5) three-dollar ($3) checks ($15 per recipient, per market season).  WIC FMNP check booklets are distributed to WIC offices statewide by CT DoAG. For a listing of FMNP authorized farmers’ markets, please visit our Farmers’ Market listing on the Connecticut Grown Information for Consumers Page.

 
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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

The SFMNP is a supplemental food program for low income seniors, it is similar in most respects to the WIC FMNP. 

Individuals 60 years of age or older, with incomes that do not exceed 185% of poverty income guidelines are eligible. Clients must be participating in another program with proper means testing verifying their eligibility. Examples of other programs include but are not limited to renter rebate programs or congregate meal programs.

Each eligible recipient receives six (6) three-dollar ($3) checks ($18 per recipient, per market season), which can be redeemed at FMNP authorized markets throughout Connecticut for fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs, and honey. For a listing of FMNP authorized farmers’ markets, please visit our Farmers' Market listing on the Connecticut Grown Information for Consumers Page.

Senior FMNP checks are issued to Municipal Agents or Social/Elderly Service Directors by the CT DoAG.  The vouchers are then distributed by the Municipal Agents or Social/Elderly Service Directors to their seniors clients. CT DoAg cannot send SFMNP checks to individual seniors.

 

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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 at (860) 713-2503.