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Consumers are expressing renewed interest in buying food directly from the farmer or producer in their area. One of the reasons for this change in consumption is the new awareness of the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet, which creates opportunities for marketing local products to consumers through farmers’ markets. In addition, the economic opportunities and market rewards in the development of a community are realized by community leaders.
Structuring and organization of your market
To develop and maintain a viable farmers’ market, an organized and well-thought-out process must be implemented. the Missouri Grown Farmers Market Handbook has been created to guide you through this process and connect you with all the state, federal and local resources and regulations you will need.
the Missouri website offers a comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets, contact names and market information. If your community would like help hosting a farmers market or if you know of a farmers market that is not listed in Missouri Grown, please contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (MoSFMNP) provides benefit vouchers to low-income seniors (age 60 or older). Eligible seniors receive 10 vouchers ($5 each), totaling $50 per year, to be used for fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs. As of 2021, the program operates in 46 counties, including locally Howell, Ozark and Taney.
Vouchers can only be redeemed for eligible foods, grown in Missouri, at a farmers market with a licensed farmer.
Benefit vouchers issued to eligible participants: June 1 to September 30.
Participants can redeem vouchers: from June 1 to October 31.
To participate in the Missouri Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, seniors must provide age verification, income verification, and residency verification. the MoSFMNP Customer Leaflet will provide you with further information on eligibility and where to apply.
For more information contact:
Springfield area – (417) 862-0762
Central Missouri Area – (573) 443-5823
For more information, contact Lexi Jose at (573) 751-8596 or [email protected]
Matching Grants Program for the Promotion of Farmers’ Markets
The Farmers’ Market Matching Grant Program is a repayment grant program funded by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. This grant provides up to $1,000 to reimburse expenses associated with promoting Missouri Farmers’ Markets. Details….
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