Farmers markets in Wisconsin provide a critical food resource, as well as an essential opportunity for Wisconsin farmers to connect with their communities. Many farmers markets accept federal food benefits, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as FoodShare in Wisconsin.
Explore Extension resources to get set up to accept FoodShare via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and promote their use with outreach materials.
Strategies during Covid-19
Extension, DATCP and DHS offer these best practice recommendations for farmers markets, vendors and customers to operate and interact safely during the pandemic.
Get set up to accept SNAP benefits
Watch the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) webinar on food assistance with FoodShare and WIC/Senior FMNP to learn more about accepting benefits as a farmer or at your farmers market.
It only takes 15 minutes to complete your application. Learn how to apply and accept SNAP benefits through the USDA.
Apply for free EBT equipment through the WI Department of Health Services.
Resources for farmers market operators and vendors
Extension tips for Extending Reach of EBT in Wisconsin Farmers’ Markets Project
- Food Pantry
- Community Event
- Nonprofit Partner
- WIC Clinic / Government Assistance Office / Free Health Clinic
Check out the Extension Learning Store for more farmers market resources
Nutrition Incentive Hub – resources for nutrition incentive programs (i.e. double dollars, market match, double up food bucks, produce prescription programs)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Information for Market Managers on the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).