The annual FMNP benefits are designed to provide additional resources, in the form of farmers market coupons, to interested participants. This program aims to:
- Provide participants in the WIC Program, including pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and children up to age 5 (except infants) with coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. WIC FMNP Coupons can be obtained in addition to the regular WIC food package.
- Increase WIC participants’ access to fresh, locally grown produce and encourage WIC families to visit and enjoy their local farmers markets and farm stands.
- Increase sales of fruits and vegetables for local Arizona farmers, as well as increase the number of customers visiting farmers markets and farm stands throughout Arizona.
Once a year, qualifying participants may receive one booklet containing six (6) FMNP coupons that may be used at authorized Farmers Markets and Farm Stands to purchase fresh, Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables. Each coupon has a program value of $5.00, for up to $30.00 in FMNP coupons. Currently, WIC participants are eligible for $30 of coupons per household. The number of FMNP coupons issuance may vary each year according to available funding.
Key Deadlines and Program Seasonality
FMNP coupons are available to obtain from authorized markets as soon as February 1st. The last day to obtain coupons each year is September 30th . Coupons are valid from February 1st (or the day they’re issued) until Nov. 15th of the same calendar year. FMNP coupons expire after November 15th.
Please take into consideration that many farmers markets operate on a weekly basis, and the dates the markets are open may not correspond exactly with the deadlines listed above. Additionally, some farmers markets are seasonal, and their dates of operation affect when customers can obtain the coupon benefits. A full list of authorized FMNP sites (including dates open, addresses and hours) can be found on the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program website.