Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) new Safe at the Farmers Market Cost Share program will reimburse eligible markets up to $350 on the purchase of a variety of equipment that will help markets comply with the Guidance for Minnesota Farmers Markets and Vendors. Examples of eligible equipment include handwashing stations, additional tables to increase distance between vendors and customers, signage to properly communicate handwashing and social distancing, sanitation supplies to clean commonly touched surfaces, and rope/fencing/tape/chalk to guide customers through their market experience. In order to qualify, farmers market must be authorized to participate in SNAP in 2020 and a) be located in or adjacent to a food desert or b) be located in or adjacent to a low-income or moderate-income area and serve a population with limited access. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2020, or until funds are depeleted.