SNAP and HIP at Farmers Markets and Farms

Learn how your farm or farmers market can get set up to accept SNAP (food stamps).

Are you a SNAP recipient looking for HIP-authorized retailers near you? Click here. For more information on SNAP and HIP go to

Accepting SNAP at your farmers markets or farm can bring new customers.

Note: The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) is not signing up new farmers at this time. Farms and Farmers Markets can still get authorized to accept SNAP benefits by following the instructions below. 

SNAP Processing Equipment:

Wireless Equipment for Farmers and Farmers Markets: Marketlink, funded by USDA, provides subsidized wireless SNAP processing equipment to eligible farmers and farmers markets. Additional information can be found on their website.   

Landline Devices: No-cost land line devices that process SNAP and HIP are available through the Department of Transitional Assistance. Analog phone line and electricity are needed.

How do I become a SNAP Retailer?

Step 1

Complete the USDA application to become an authorized SNAP retailer. This may be completed on line at

Additional documentation will be needed:

  • Picture I.D.
  • Social Security Card

If you do not have these, another official document with your name and SSN may be used (all principal business owners may use top page of previous year’s tax return)


On the application, follow instructions as if you are a “Store”, not a Farmers Market until you are given the option to select “Direct Marketing Farmer”. Answer subsequent questions as though your farm is a “store”—fill in times your farm stand is open, days/times you sell at farmers markets, or have CSA pick-ups.

Complete the application to the best of your ability. If you have questions on any section, leave it blank and an FNS staff person will contact you to resolve it.


Scan and email all additional requested documentation directly to Debbie Crosby at FNS, to expedite your application.

If you prefer to mail (much slower process), USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Suite FO-16, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Learn more about how SNAP and HIP work in your community, and find a list of your local HIP Retailers.

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