Kansas Contacts


Lexi Wright
From the Land of Kansas Coordinator
Kansas Department of Agriculture
1320 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
785-564-6755 (office)
Web site: www.ksfarmersmarkets.org


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: Food Assistance Program/Vision Card

Current Contractor: Fidelity Information Services, LLC (FIS)

Annarose Hart
Agribusiness Development & Farmers’ Market Specialist
Kansas Department of Agriculture



Kansas Ag Department

Kansas Farmers Market Resources


Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Emily Carpenter
Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment
Bureau of Health PromotionAgriculturePhysical Activity emily.carpenter@ks.gov

785-296-2330 (office)

Website: http://www.kdheks.gov/sfmnp/



Kansas News/Case Studies

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc. awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

Congratulations to the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., Overland Park, KS Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Building Direct Market Capacity for Refugee Farmers Wyandotte County, Kansas, consistently ranks at the bottom of counties in the state for health… Read More

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Drought causes North Kansas City Farmers Market to close

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

Aug. 18, KSHB reported that the North Kansas Farmers Market would be closing two months earlier than normal market’s season end because of severe drought and the impact it had on farmers’ crops.   Read the full article here.  Read More

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Lee’s Summit Farmers Market engaging young readers with lending library

Allie Vrtachnik June 28, 2018

The Kansas City Star reports,”Most people think of farmers markets as great places to find homegrown produce, artisanal foods and handcrafted products. At the Lee’s Summit Farmers Market, library books are also on the bill of fare. Each Wednesday during market hours, elementary through high school students can stop by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School… Read More

Spotlight on Emporia Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik June 12, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Emporia Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds… Read More

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Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program funding available through Nov. 1st

Allie Vrtachnik June 7, 2018

According to Kansas’s 740 the Fan, “Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides money to purchase fresh produce and honey at farmers markets throughout the state. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to buy fresh… Read More

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Kansas markets and partners behind new Double-Up program

Allie Vrtachnik May 31, 2018

KSN reports: “According to Feeding America, one in eight people are struggling with hunger in Kansas. Sunflower Health Plan has partnered with the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita and the YMCA to offer the Double Up Food Bucks program. The program is for any family or individual who participates in SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.… Read More

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More

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Wichita’s Old Town Farmers Market to open with In Season Bistro

Allie Vrtachnik April 19, 2018

Old Town Farmers Market’s opening day will also mark the opening of its In Season Bistro. The eatery will offer market vendor produce and ingredients on its menu, and will be located at the market’s center. Read more about the bistro and its opening here. Read More

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Double Up Food Bucks at Kansas farmers markets

Allie Vrtachnik April 12, 2018

“The Downtown Topeka Farmers Market along with others in northeast Kansas will participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program, a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more healthy food and supports local farmers. The farmers market, located at S.W. 12th and Harrison, opens Saturday, April 14. SNAP participants who shop at… Read More

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Kansas Dept. of Ag Awards Markets with Meet Me at Market Stipends

Allie Vrtachnik February 22, 2018

“The Kansas Department of Agriculture has selected 12 farmers’ markets as recipients of the Meet Me at the Market stipend program. This program, a part of the Farmers’ Market Consumer Recruitment Campaign Grant, is made possible by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant that makes funds available to state departments of agriculture… Read More

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Pratt Farmers Market Extending its Reach through USDA funded Meet Me at Market Stipend

Allie Vrtachnik February 22, 2018

The Pratt Farmers Market has big plans with the funds allocated for extending their promotional and community outreach. The farmers market, going into its second year, has attracted much interest, and the market is excited to expand both its customer and vendor base. Check out this Pratt Tribune article for more info. Read More

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Independence, KS approves $3.3 million Farmers Market Project

Allie Vrtachnik February 9, 2018

Independence, KS is making way for a farmers market project, made possible by grants and private funds. The project encompasses the building of an enclosed pavilion and a stand-alone, open air pavilion. The structures will permanently host the farmers market, and serve as an event space for other gatherings.   Find out more information via… Read More

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2018 From the Land of Kansas Annual Meeting & Farmers Market Conference: March 1-2

Allie Vrtachnik January 18, 2018

This year’s annual meeting and conference will be held at the Bluemont Hotel in Manhattan, KS. Jolene Browne will act a keynote speaker. For more information and conference registration, visit the Land of Kansas page.  Find out the conference agenda register here. Read More

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2018 Kansas Farmers Market Regional Workshops: Feb. 1st & 2nd

Allie Vrtachnik January 11, 2018

“The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Colby on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. This is the first of five regional workshops which are being hosted by KDA and KSRE this year to assist farmers’ market vendors and managers.” Topics will… Read More

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2018 Great Plains Growers Conference: Jan. 11th- 13th

Allie Vrtachnik January 3, 2018

“The Great Plains Growers Conference (GPGC) is a combination of two great conferences:  Great Plains Vegetable Conference and Mid-America Fruit Conference.  The three-day conference features presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information from all five states:  Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, along with vegetable specialists and growers from those… Read More

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Kansas Dept. of Ag- Meet Me at the Market Consumer Recruitment Campaign: Deadline Dec. 31st, 2017

Allie Vrtachnik November 20, 2017

“The Kansas Department of Agriculture has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant to fund the Meet Me at the Market Consumer Recruitment Campaign to provide farmers’ market managers and vendors with resources to increase awareness of specialty crops available at their markets. New materials will be created to help farmers’ markets… Read More

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2017 Kansas Farm & Food Conference: November 17-18

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2017

Attend the Kansas Rural Center’s Nov. 17 to 18 Farm and Food Conference, “Driving the change that matters: Practical and political solutions for our farm and food future”. The event will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, Kansas. Cost to attend the conference is $70 per day, or $135 for… Read More

Meet Mandy Kern of Our Seven Acres

Allie Vrtachnik June 28, 2017

A job change brought the Kerns of Our Seven Acres to Madison, Kansas. Mandy, a certified high school agriculture teacher, quickly took to growing vegetables because the county did not offer any agriculture programs. The Kerns started with field planting and chickens, then added a high tunnel, greenhouse for seeds, and have recently added a… Read More