Resources to find and make the most out of farmers' markets
Farmers' markets are an integral part of communities, and their food systems, economies, and social networks. They offer a place to connect with neighbors, meet local farmers, support local businesses, and provide nutritious food to neighborhoods and families. They also provide an opportunity to involve children in the selection and preparation of healthy, nutritious meals.
Participant Benefits & Resources
There are many benefits of shopping at farmers’ markets that WIC participants can experience, including
Buying fresh, local produce,
Speaking directly to farmers who can provide information on choosing, storing, and preparing produce (at this link, you can view a printable PDF in both English and Spanish, and see a video about safe handling of produce), and
Finding a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables that can help improve the nutritional value and variety of their family’s diet.
Check out this video that reviews the benefits of shopping at farmers' markets.
You can help participants find the farmers’ markets closest to where they live, work and shop by using the farmers' market directory.
WIC Staff & Partner Resources
Interested to see what training materials other WIC State agencies offer? See our Farmers' Markets Training Materials page. You can even share farmers’ market resources you’ve created so we can add them to the collection.
Looking to share information among fellow WIC staff and partners about the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)? See the WIC FMNP webpage, and the WIC FMNP Fact Sheet for additional information and contact information for participating State agencies.
Did you know that foodborne illness rates increase when temperatures rise? Bacteria multiply faster when it's warm, so it's important to keep all food safe, including produce. Explore Summertime Food Safety resources you can use to help educate participants on how to reduce their risk of foodborne illness.