The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior FMNP aim to help farmers. Each year, the FMNP gives checks to members of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) to spend at farmers markets. This helps bring new buyers to the market. It also boosts sales for local Wisconsin farmers.
Who can join FMNP as a farmer?
To join FMNP as a farmer, you must grow one or more of the items you sell. These are called “homegrown products.” With homegrown products, you must:
- Make sure they are on the Wisconsin WIC and Senior FMNP Approved Foods List (PDF).
- Sell them at an FMNP farmers market or farm stand.
- Grow them in Wisconsin or a farm within 50 miles of Wisconsin.
What are FMNP approved foods?
The Approved Foods List (PDF) has the foods members can buy with FMNP checks. FMNP foods must be:
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs to eat.
- Grown in Wisconsin or at a farm within 50 miles of Wisconsin. You can sell foods grown in these states to the listed Wisconsin counties:
- Illinois—Grant, Green, Kenosha, Lafayette, Rock, and Walworth County
- Iowa—Crawford, Grant, and Vernon County
- Minnesota—Buffalo, Burnett, Douglas, La Crosse, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempealeau, and Vernon County
- Michigan—Florence, Forest, Iron, Marinette, and Vilas County
How do I become an FMNP farmer?
To join FMNP as a farmer, you must:
- Contact your WIC office.
- Attend a training in person or by video conference if:
- You are new to the program.
- You have broken FMNP rules before.
- Read and sign an agreement. This confirms you know the program’s rules.
You cannot take FMNP checks until you finish these steps. Once complete, the state WIC office will send you:
- A letter. It says that you are FMNP certified.
- A copy of the signed agreement.
- An FMNP sign to put up at the market.
- An FMNP stamp to add to all checks you get from FMNP buyers.
- A letter for the bank. It explains FMNP checks.
- A list of FMNP farmers markets. You can only take FMNP checks at approved FMNP markets.
Renewing each year
Farmers need to renew their farmer agreements every three years. You will get an email or regular mailing if you need to renew your agreement. You do not have to take the training again (unless you broke FMNP rules).
Who do I contact?
For more details about FMNP or to schedule a training, contact your local WIC office.
To renew or for other questions, contact the state WIC office:
- Email: the Farmers Market Nutrition Program
- Call: 608-266-9824