Minnesota Contacts

Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association 

9800 155th Street East
Nerstrand MN 55053

Website: www.mfma.org

Email: info@mfma.org



Kathy Zeman, Executive Director
Cell: (507) 664-9446
Emai: kzeman@mfma.org


Jesse Davis, Director of Member Services
Cell: (218) 259-9675
Email: jdavis@mfma.org


Kim Guenther, Communications Director
Cell: (573) 470-4445
Email: kguenther@mfma.org

SNAP Info & Contacts

Program name/EBT Card Name:  SNAP/Minnesota EBT Card

Current Contractor: Fidelity Information Services, LLC (FIS)

Market Bucks match SNAP-EBT customers’ dollars at participating farmers markets across Minnesota.

Rachel Holmes
Hunger Solutions Minnesota



Minnesota Ag Department

Minnesota Department of Agriculture 


WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Ashley Bress, FMNP/SFMNP Contact

Toll Free: 1-800-942-1636

Email: Ashley.Bress@state.mn.us



Minnesota News/Case Studies

2022 National Poster Contest Winners

Ellie Wong August 8, 2022

The Farmers Market Coalition and Farm Aid are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 National Farmers Market Poster Contest. After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we’re thrilled to bring back this annual contest celebrating the creativity and diversity of America’s farmers markets by showcasing market posters on a national level. We… Read More

Farmers Markets Are Essential—And So Are the Policy Relationships They Hold

Stephanie Fenty August 4, 2020

*This post was originally published on National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog on July 30th, 2020 in celebration of National Farmers Market Week* No matter how you look at it, 2020 has been a challenging and uncertain year to be in the farmers market business. The impacts of COVID-19 were felt hard and fast by farmers… Read More

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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Markets and Metrics: Minneapolis/St. Paul project adds to the research

Darlene Wolnik July 11, 2019

  Please follow this link to a report from the newest JAFSCD issue containing the article “The Farmers Market Metrics Project: A research brief on scalable data collection in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro” (Peterson, H. H., & Nowak, J. J.) outlining a multi-stakeholder market-based measurement project in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  This pilot will no doubt be… Read More

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4-Directions Development, Inc. awarded 2018 FMPP

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 4-Directions Development, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: 4-Directions Development, Inc., Red Lake, MN Project Type: Capacity Building Gitigaanike – Local foods, local access for a healthy Red Lake Nation. The Red Lake Indian Reservation is located Northwest Minnesota adjacent to the fertile fields of the Red River Valley of… Read More

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Minnesota’s Hmong Farmers Drive Local Food Economy

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

A VOA Article reports: “Hmong farmers in St. Paul, Minnesota have the best advocate for their business enterprises: themselves, working together. Originally from China, the Hmong are an Asian ethnic group that migrated to Vietnam and Laos in the 18th century. They have never had a country of their own. After the Vietnam War ended,… Read More

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Crookston Farmers Market kicks off PoP Club this summer

Allie Vrtachnik July 30, 2018

The Crookston Times, shares: “Youth up to age 18 can get free produce weekly The Power of Produce (PoP) Club kicks off at the Crookston Farmers Market this Thursday from 4-8 p.m. allowing kids ages 0-18 to get FREE fresh produce weekly. Kids can sign up the day of the event and they will receive… Read More

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Park Rapids Farmers Market introducing PoP program

Allie Vrtachnik July 30, 2018

According to a Park Rapids Enterprise article: “The local farmers market is introducing a free, healthy incentive program for children called The Power of Produce (PoP) Club. Each week, kids ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. The Park Rapids PoP Club is funded through… 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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Upcoming Forum: What’s Happening in Rural America, April 28th

Allie Vrtachnik April 6, 2018

This forum, sponsored by the Steele County DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor), will be held 1-3pm Saturday, April 28th in the Gainey Room at the Owatonna Public Library, 105 North Elm Avenue, Owatonna MN 55060. The forum, “What’s Happening in Rural America- The Truth Revealed!” will address issues not only of interest to farmers, but for all of us.… Read More

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2018 Minnesota Summer Bucks Sign-up is Now!

Allie Vrtachnik March 6, 2018

The Minnesota Farmers Market Association is accepting market applicants for the 2018 Summer Market Bucks. “Market Bucks is a Minnesota program to match SNAP-EBT customer’s dollars (up to $10 per visit) at participating Farmers’ Markets across Minnesota. In order to participate, a farmers’ market must: Have an FNS # and functioning equipment to accept EBT… Read More

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Minnesota Local Foods Workshops: Feb. 28th

Allie Vrtachnik February 22, 2018

AgWeek reports, “On Feb. 28, the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will host the Markets for Local Foods Workshop, a day of information and networking with growers, farmers markets and community connections in northwestern Minnesota. The workshop will feature speakers from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown, a discussion of… 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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A Big Move for MN Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik February 22, 2018

The Grand City Rapids Farmers Market will call a new location home for the start of their 2018 season and beyond. The new spot offers more community visibility and traffic, room for new or previous vendors, and a lot of fresh food possibilities. Read more here about the exciting changes in store for GCRFM. Read More

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Minnesota’s Crookston Farmers Market awarded PoP Grant

Allie Vrtachnik February 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota Extension has awarded the Crookston Farmers Market a Power of Produce Grant. The PoP Club is a farmers market program that transforms children market participants through its incentive-based approach. When kids get involved in the program, they earn tokens to spend on fresh produce. Crookston joins the other 10 Minnesota markets… Read More

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MFMA: Spring Conference & Annual Meeting, March 21st, 2018

Allie Vrtachnik January 4, 2018

MFMA’s Spring conference and annual meeting will be held Wednesday, March 21st from 8 am- 5 pm. Minnesota market managers and vendors will be in attendance to learn about featured topics such as: Cottage food law FSMA Produce Safety Rule SNAP and market bucks For more conference information, visit MFMA’s Facebook page. Tickets go on… Read More

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Slow Money Minnesota Fall Gathering: November 6th, 2017

Allie Vrtachnik November 2, 2017

Slow Money Minnesota is an emerging network that connects people interested in building a better local food system. SMM looks to increase the flow of knowledge and capital in support of local food makers and farming. Learn more about the event’s program and purchase tickets on their page.  Read More

Seasonal Recipe Ideas for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger April 13, 2017

The height of produce season is just around the corner, and sometimes offering a recipe card is just the inspiration customers need to pick up that extra item from your vendor or stall. Check out these downloadable recipes developed by the University of Minnesota, using peak seasonal produce available at farmers markets across various regions during the Spring… Read More

#LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners

Liz Comiskey September 20, 2016

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas This summer, market fans were challenged to get creative and show their market love by posting photos to Instagram incorporating our I ‘Heart’ Farmers Markets tattoos. The photos entered into our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest piece together a beautiful mosaic of… Read More

Meet Mill City Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger May 9, 2016

  Guest Instagram heads over to Minneapolis, Minnesota this week to put the spotlight on Mill City Farmers Market – a market while only established 10 short years ago has grown to truly meet its mission of “inspiring and nurturing a healthy community” through its impressive food access and educational programs, as well as a commitment… Read More

Meet Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger December 14, 2015

The weather outside might be frightful – but that won’t stop Rochester Downtown Farmers Market in blustery Minnesota from decking our Instagram feed with some warm, market vibes just in time for the holidays! Market Manager, David Kotsonas took a few minutes from winter market planning to explain how Rochester DT FM spreads cheer throughout… Read More

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2013 Discover You Can Participants Announced

Liz Comiskey April 26, 2013

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Discover You Can Learn Make Share℠ program. Thirty FMC member farmers market organizations have been selected by the Farmers Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, to take part in this summer’s canning education program. The selected 30 organizations… Read More