2023 Farmers Market Nutrition Program launches at Prescott Farmers Market

On February 4, 2023, Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) began issuing coupons for free Arizona-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to qualifying, food insecure households through the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

The FMNP provides Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables to women participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and to seniors who participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) through farmers market coupons distributed once per year. PFM is an authorized issuer of FMNP coupon booklets. WIC participants receive $30 worth of coupons when they show their eWIC card and EzWIC app at the market info booth. New this year, all WIC participants in a household are eligible to receive the coupons. CSFP participants receive $50 worth of coupons when they present their yellow CSFP card or self-declare their income. Proxies are permitted to collect the coupons but cannot certify the income declaration. Also new for 2023, each participant who receives a WIC or CSFP FMNP booklet will also receive an extra $50 in FMNP Match coupons. Coupons must be used on Arizona-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at Prescott Farmers Market. The deadline to receive the coupons is September 30, 2023, and they must be spent by November 11, 2023. This program is administered by the Chandler-based nonprofit, Pinnacle Prevention, whose mission is to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living. More information about the FMNP can be found here: https://www.azfmnp.org/. Visit https://prescottfarmersmarket.org/food-assistance-fmnp/ to find out which farmers can accept these coupons.

PFM also accepts SNAP/EBT and Pandemic-EBT cards and doubles those purchases for fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program.

The Prescott Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:30am to 1:00pm at the corner of Iron Springs Road and Miller Valley Road in the overflow lot at Dignity Health –  Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Customers can find a variety of agricultural goods: fresh seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, dates, flowers, lavender, eggs, grass-fed beef and poultry. Local farmers grow a variety of cold-hardy vegetables including leeks, beets, radishes, carrots, salad mix, parsnips, microgreens, spinach and kale. PFM is a producer-only farmers market, meaning every item sold is either grown or produced by the seller here in Arizona; the majority of goods come from within a 30-mile radius of Prescott.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed at the market. ADA service dogs specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. An emotional support dog does not qualify as an ADA service dog.

As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food. PFM is a nonprofit organization and a Qualifying Charitable Tax Credit Organization with the State of Arizona.

For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.

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