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Minnesota Safe at the Farmers Market Cost Share Program

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture
May 31, 2020

Emily Mehr


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will provide financial assistance for Minnesota farmers markets to purchase equipment and supplies to keep markets safe and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farmers markets may use the funds to purchase items that will help them follow the COVID-19 Guidance for Minnesota Farmers Market and Vendors. Examples include:

  • Handwashing stations
  • Tables to place in front of display tables to establish distance between customers and vendors
  • Items such as rope, fencing, tape, or chalk to create walkways or borders to direct traffic and show customers where they can stand to maintain 6 feet of separation from others
  • Signs to communicate proper handwashing and social distancing
  • Sanitation supplies to clean all surfaces that people touch

Farmers markets in Minnesota are eligible to apply.

A farmers market is defined as an association of three or more people who assemble at a defined location that is open to the public for the purposes of selling directly to the consumer the products of a farm or garden occupied and cultivated by the person selling the product.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $200.

Markets that are authorized for SNAP, Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and MarketBucks may be reimbursed an additional $50 for each program (up to $350 total).

Application process

A link to the application is available on the program website.

Email completed applications to Emily Mehr.

Tagged as
Farmers and farmworkers · Food security and nutrition · Infectious diseases · Minnesota

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