Resources for Farmers and Market Managers

This page provides information for farmers and market managers who are certified or eligible to be certified to accept FMNP coupons.

How do I become a certified market, farmer or farmstand?

Farmers in Massachusetts, or in bordering states, can apply to accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons at authorized farmers markets or farmstands in Massachusetts.

  • New farmers must complete a mandatory training. Please complete this application.
  • If you identify yourself as a new farmer, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the training (it is conducted online or over the phone). 
  • Purchases with farmers' market coupons are limited to the following:
    • Items produced by a farmer on his/her farm. 
    • Cooperative or consignment sales, only if permitted by the market rules. 
    • Only locally grown produce sold by authorized farmers is eligible under the program. 

Farmers Markets must meet the following criteria:

  • Farmers accept coupons directly at farmers market. Market managers do not apply to accept coupons on farmers' behalf. The market must be a certified location for the farmer to accept coupons at the market. 
  • Only farmers’ markets approved and certified by MDAR are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Farmers’ markets must have a set of operating guidelines which address vendor eligibility and produce source. At a minimum, the rules must meet the minimum criteria listed in MDAR’s policy on farmers’ markets found at 
  • Market managers agree to notify uncertified growers at their market of their eligibility to participate in the program and refer them to MDAR in order to become certified.
  • Farmers’ markets should have, at a minimum, two (2) certified vendors in order to participate in the Program. Existing farmers’ markets that fall below two (2) vendors must make a good faith effort to recruit additional vendors in order to continue to be authorized as a certified farmers’ market.
  • Market managers must sign an agreement in order to participate in the Program.

Farmstands must meet the following criteria:

  • Farmstands must be in a permanent location, or an on-farm structure, specifically designated for the sale of owner-grown agricultural products.
  • The farmstand must sell a variety of FMNP eligible fruits, vegetables, and edible cut herbs.
  • The farmstand should be reasonably accessible to the public, and should be open during regularly scheduled hours/days of the week. Seasonal openings and closings should be posted in a visible area for the public to see.
  • The farmstand must also participate at a farmers’ market that is FMNP-certified.
  • The farmstand must have an FMNP trained seller present during farmstand hours. Self-service farmstands are ineligible from participating in the Program.
  • Farmer must agree to operate within the requirements of the FMNP agreement.
  • An individual who exclusively sells produce grown by someone else, such as a wholesale distributor, cannot be authorized to participate in the FMNP.
  • Farmstands must sign an agreement in order to participate in the Program.

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Information for Certified Farmers and Market Managers

Farmer re-certification occurs on a three-year cycle:

  • March 2020: All certified farmers will be emailed or mailed a certification form
  • May 15th 2020: Deadline to renew certification
  • March of 2021 and 2022: All certified farmers will be asked to update contact information and submit crop form if applicable
  • March 2023: All certified farmers will be emailed or mailed a certification form

Market re-certification occurs on an annual basis:

  • March 2020: All certified market managers will be emailed or mailed a certification form
  • May 15th 2020: Deadline to renew certification
  • New market managers must complete mandatory training

Farmstand re-certification occurs on an annual basis:

  • March 2020: All certified farmstand operators will be emailed or mailed a certification form
  • May 15th 2020: Deadline to renew certification
  • New farmstand operators must complete mandatory training

 

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