Supporting New Mexico Farmers
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is happy to support growth and development of local agriculture through partnerships with the New Mexico WIC Program, Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Enhancement Program, encouraging sustainable nutrition and keeping dollars within NM communities.
What types of foods can be sold in the program?
Fresh fruits and vegetables that are not processed beyond their natural state (aside from cleaning) are eligible to be sold to both WIC and Senior clients. This means that processed fruits and vegetables such as ristras or dried chile powder are not eligible. Additionally, Senior FMNP checks may be used to purchase raw honey.
How do I become an approved vendor?
Farmers who grow eligible items in the state of New Mexico, or within an 80 miles radius of a New Mexico farmers’ market if out-of-state, can apply to accept WIC and Senior vouchers at participating New Mexico farmers’ markets. Farmers will need to sign an agreement with the Department of Health and be assigned an identification number by the farmers’ market manager. Agreements will need to be renewed every three years, but identification numbers are permanent. According to the New Mexico State Plan with the Federal government, there is no reselling of fruits and vegetables through these programs.
How do I sign my market up to be able to accept FMNP checks?
Markets must first be authorized by the New Mexico Department of Health in order to be able to accept FMNP checks. In order to be eligible, markets must:
- Be in at least their second year of operation
- Have at least three (3) farmer vendors
- Operate from a permanent site for at least 6 consecutive weeks between July and October
- Have a current market manager who is on site during market hours
- Participate in annual trainings (this occurs at the annual NMFMA market manager conference)
- Ensure that produce offered for sale is locally grown by the people who are selling it (no reselling is permitted according to the New Mexico State Plan submitted each year by the NMDOH to the federal government)
- Submit a completed and signed market agreement to the Department of Health no later than April 17th of the current year (NMDOH will provide these at the NMFMA annual conference).
How do I accept the checks?
Clients must sign their checks before spending them, so check for a signature before accepting a check. Vendors are not allowed to give change back on the $5 checks, so if a client is buying something that costs less than $5, offer other items from your table to make up the difference. Keep in mind that the WIC checks (printed in green) can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables only. Senior checks (printed in brown or blue) may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables as well as honey. Make sure that the check is valid for the current year.
Prospective vendors can find agreements and other documents needed for applying to become an authorized FMNP/SFMNP vendor here:
For more information about becoming an authorized NM Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vendor, please call 505-476-8816.