Some Arizona farmers' markets participate in a program that allows certain people to receive vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables at approved farmers markets. In 2003 the Arizona Legislature approved the Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, also known by the acronym "AZ FMNP." The objective of Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by women and children participating in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and senior clients in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. WIC participants from both the Arizona WIC Program and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. WIC program participants receive booklets of checks. These checks will enable those people to go to an approved farmers' market in Arizona and buy $30 of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
This is clearly a win-win situation in our communities. It helps people who need the nutritional support, it helps local growers when people shop with them at farmers markets, it helps keep the money in the communities where the people live and work, and it helps the farmers markets themselves. Maybe I should call that a win-win-win-win situation!
To get more information about this program, and to find out how a farmers market can be approved for the program, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services. If you interested in learning more how you can qualify for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, click here.
Page 1: Intro to Farmers' Markets
Page 2: Sunday Farmers' Markets
Page 3: Monday Farmers' Markets
Page 4: Tuesday Farmers' Markets
Page 5: Wednesday Farmers' Markets
Page 6: Thursday Farmers' Markets
Page 7: Friday Farmers' Markets
Page 8: Saturday Farmers' Markets
Page 9: Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
All program details and offerings are subject to change without notice.