Maryland WIC Farmers
Welcome to the Maryland WIC Program’s farmer web page. Here you will be able to download information most requested by WIC Farmers. We hope you find this site helpful. If you have questions or need additional information or assistance, please call Andrea Tompkins at 410-746-7162.
We are also available toll free at 1-800-242-4WIC(4942).
Important Information about Becoming an Authorized WIC Farmer
Two types of benefits are distributed by the WIC Program for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables; the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) check (administered by the Maryland State Department of Agriculture) and the WIC fruit and vegetable benefit (FVB) (administered by the Maryland Department of Health). Only Farmers authorized by the Maryland State Department of Agriculture to accept Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks are eligible to apply to the Maryland Department of Health to redeem WIC FVBs. To simplify the process for you, one application has been created that is shared between the two Departments and allows you to apply for FMNP or FMNP and WIC FVB at the same time.
WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks
The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides approximately $30.00 worth of checks to qualifying WIC participants each Farmers’ Market season. The checks are distributed during the summer months in WIC clinics that were specifically selected based on their closeness to a Farmers’ Market. Farmers’ Markets are a focus of WIC nutrition education and are promoted by WIC staff throughout the market season. The FMNP check can be redeemed by FMNP authorized farmers through November 30, and are deposited in the farmers’ bank.
WIC Fruit and Vegetable Benefits (FVBs)
The WIC Program provides FVBs to eligible participants each month. These benefits can be redeemed by a WIC authorized vendor (grocery store) or a WIC authorized farmer. Since April 2021, WIC participants have been receiving an increase in their fruit and vegetable benefits. This increase will continue through September 2024, unless there are changes in funding. Children receive $36, pregnant women $59, and breastfeeding moms $64.
Maryland WIC uses the S3 Merchant Link to process WIC FVBs at farmers markets and farm stands. You can download the app to your phone and start accepting eWIC fruits and vegetables.
Did we mention that it's completely free!
- No set up fees!
- No transactional fees!
- No cancellation fees!
- No additional equipment!
When Maryland WIC launched the S3 Merchant Link, introductory webinars were held in May 2022. We are including the link of the recorded meeting below so that you can see how the app works. We are also including a list of FAQs to help answer any common questions about the app.
If you are interested in signing up, please contact Andrea Tompkins at andrea.tompkins@Maryland.gov.
FAQs - S3 Merchant Link App by Solutran
An Introduction to S3 Merchant Link — recorded webinar
Applying to be an Authorized WIC Farmer:
Applications are being accepted from farmers to become authorized by the Maryland WIC Program to accept WIC FVBs at participating Farmers’ Markets.
If you’d like to be a FMNP authorized farmer and be able to accept WIC FVBs at the farmers’ market or your home farm stand, please follow the steps below:
- Attend a Maryland Department of Agriculture training session, sign up for training here.
- Complete the farmer's application on Maryland's One Stop, located
- Once your application is reviewed and approved, Maryland's One Stop will email you the Farmer Agreement to sign electronically.
- Instructions for accepting WIC FVBs will be provided once the application process is completed.
here to visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture for more information about Maryland Farmers Markets.