During the spring and summer, eligible WIC participants can receive checks to purchase fresh Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). The program is jointly sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets Farmers’ Market checks?
Farmers’ Market checks are for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children ages 6 months to 5 years old who participate in the WIC program in Pennsylvania.
How much are the Farmers’ Market checks worth?
Eligible WIC participants will receive $24.00 (four checks of $6.00 each) to purchase fresh produce at participating Farmers’ Markets.
How will I get Farmers’ Market checks?
Farmers’ Market checks are provided to eligible families during WIC appointments during the spring and summer.
What Farmers’ Market locations accept the checks?
Please check out the website link below or download the FMNP app to your smartphone (search for PA FMNP farmers market locator in the Apple or Google Play store) for an updated list of participating farmers.
The website is accessible on mobile devices and can use your location to show the closest markets to you. Download the Farmers’ Market locator app available for free on Google Play or Apple Store. Just search “PA FMNP” to download to your smartphone.
How do I use the FMNP checks?
Use your FMNP checks between June 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022.
Find a participating Farmers’ Market on www.pafmnp.com or by using the PA FMNP app
A proxy may go to markets to make the purchase for you.
Sign your check at the farmer’s stand (do not sign before). Sign in the “Signature Recipient or Proxy” block on the front of the check.
At the farmers’ market, look for a poster showing which farmers accept the FMNP checks.
Select fruits and vegetables you wish to purchase. Produce must be “Grown or Growable in Pennsylvania”. See list below.
Ask the farmer if you are unsure of what you can purchase with the FMNP checks. They will know which produce is eligible.
Each check is worth $6. Farmers are not permitted to give change for purchases for less than $6.
List of eligible Fruits & Vegetables
Yams (grown in PA)
No actual plants are permitted for purchase only the mature fruit and/or vegetable is allowable for purchase with the FMNP checks.
Fresh cut herbs are allowed if they are used for cooking or flavoring
Processed food is not allowed for purchase with FMNP Checks. Jack-o-lanterns are not allowable.
Citrus or tropical fruits are not allowed for purchase with FMNP checks (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, etc.)
Information For Farmers
Call the PA Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program at 1-800-468-2433 or 717-772-2693 or write to: Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Bureau of Food Distribution, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408.
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