The market strives to make fresh local produce available to everyone in our community regardless of income. We accept (WIC & Seniors FMNP). We encourage our farmers to participate and work with local agencies, to promote WIC and Seniors’ Nutrition programs throughout the market season. WIC & Senior FMNP “Get Fresh” checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets
We have three programs that help people buy healthy foods at our market.
1. Women, Infants and Children “Fruit & Vegetable” Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP – WIC)
WIC FMNP “Fruit & Vegetable” checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets; regular WIC coupons cannot be used at farmers markets.
You must be enrolled in the WIC program to be eligible to receive “Fruit & Vegetable” checks. Under the “Fruit & Vegetable” Program, WIC recipients receive checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.
“Fruit & Vegetable” checks may only be used between: June 1 and Oct. 30.
“Fruit & Vegetable” check recipients may only use their checks at authorized farmers’ stands; these stands display a large sign stating that they accept “Fruit & Vegetable” WIC FMNP checks.
For more information about “Fruit & Vegetable” WIC FMNP please call the MD Department of Agriculture 800-492-5590.
2. Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons (Senior FMNP)
The SFMNP provides fresh fruits and vegetables to senior citizens who are eligible for the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Grant Program. The program expands the awareness and use of farmers markets and also supports and promotes the daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Seniors (60 years and older) who are eligible to participate in the SFMNP receive checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from an authorized farmer’s stand; these farmers display a large sign stating that they accept SFMNP checks.
These checks may only be used between: June 1 and Oct. 30. For information on Senior FMNP coupons: MD Department of Agriculture 800-492-5590.
3. Double Your Dollars
Our market offers a Double Your Dollars incentive to WIC “Fruit & Vegetable” and Senior FMNP customers to increase their buying power.
Just come to our market information tent and tell us how much “Fruit & Vegetable” or Senior FMNP checks you would like to spend. Our market staff will match your redemption dollar for dollar in free BCG Market Dollars. (For instance if you spend $15 in FMNP checks, you will get $15 free in BCG Market Dollar coupons.) You may use Market Dollars at any farm stand selling FMNP-eligible foods, but you may not purchase non-food items or receive change.
You must spend your Market Dollars on the same day and at the same time that you redeem your “Fruit & Vegetable” checks, or Senior FMNP coupons. The Market Dollars must accompany your coupons or checks and must be of equal or lesser value than the coupons or checks you are spending.
If you have questions about using any of these payment methods at our markets or our Double Your Dollar program, please contact our Market Manager, Gigi Goin 301-792-9448.