"A win-win situation for farmers and for families across the state as we try to provide more access and easier access to locally grown, fresh farm products."
- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

News and Announcements

May 6, 2016: Governor Cuomo Announces $500,000 FreshConnect Food Box Program in the Finger Lakes and New York City

January 15, 2016: Last day for vendors to send in 2015 FreshConnect Checks for redemption

December 15, 2015: Last day for farmers to deposit/cash FMNP checks

November 30, 2015: Last day to use Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks

November 10-12, 2015: Market Manager Certification Program at Cobleskill

July 1, 2015: Issuance and use of FreshConnect checks at EBT/SNAP sites begins

June 17, 2105: Use of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks commences

June 1, 2015: Use of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks commences

May 15, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces $350,000 in Awards Under the Freshconnect Farmers' Market Program

December 23, 2013: Governor Cuomo Announces Winter Farmers' Markets Now Available on Open.NY.Gov

December 9, 2013: Governor Cuomo Launches Anti-Hunger Task Force

March 4, 2013: Governor Cuomo Announces $285,000 in Funding for Third Year of Freshconnect Farmers' Market Program

Long Island Press (September 11, 2012): NYS Announces New Grant to LI Cares for Locally Grown Produce

The New York Times (August 16, 2012): Struggling Brooklyn Market Loses a Farmer

July 16, 2012: Program connects growers, low-income residents

The Packer (July 16, 2012): Program connects growers, low-income residents

YNN Albany (July 11, 2012): Farmers' market to accept food stamps

WRGB Albany (July 11, 2012): Buying fresh and local just got easier

June 27, 2012: Governor Cuomo Kicks Off Farmers’ Market Season and Encourages New Yorkers to Take advantage of FreshConnect Projects Across the State

Caribbean Life (June 15, 2012): Fresh Connect farmers market opens in Harlem

June 12, 2012: Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of the 125 St. Fresh Connect Farmers' Market

AM New York (June 13, 2012): FreshConnect Farmers Market Opens for Summer in Harlem

Adirondack Express (June 12, 2012): CAP-21 Receives Grant for Farmers' Market

North Country Now (June 7, 2012): Food Stamp Dollars Worth More at Canton and Potsdam Farmers' Markets

Jamestown Post Journal (June 3, 2012): DJDC Farmers Market to Make Debut Friday

Star Gazette (May 17, 2012): Farmers Market grant Gets Fresh Produce to Needy

YNN (May 16, 2012): Downtown Jamestown Farmers' Market

WBNG (May 16, 2012): Newark Valley Farmers Market Receives Fresh Connect Grant Supported by Governor Cuomo

Jamestown Post Journal (May 13, 2012): Grant to Assist DJDC with Farmers' Market Access

Times Herald-Record (May 11, 2012): Port Gets Grant for Healthy-Eating Program

May 3, 2012: Governor Cuomo Announces Freshconnect Grants to Help Provide Low-Income & Underserved Communities with NY Farm Products

March 6, 2012: Governor Cuomo Expands Successful “Freshconnect” Program to Benefit Farmers and Communities Statewide

August 9, 2011: Governor Cuomo Launches “Fresh Connect Farmers' Markets” to Benefit Farmers and Communities Statewide

News and Announcements

July 1, 2015 Issuance and use of FreshConnect Checks at EBT/SNAP sites begins

November 10-12, 2015 Market Manager Certification Program at Cobleskill

November 30, 2015 Last day to use Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks

December 15, 2015 Last day for farmers to deposit/cash FMNP checks

January 15, 2016 Last day for vendors to send in 2015 FreshConnect Checks for redemption

May 6, 2016 Governor Cuomo Announces $500,000 FreshConnect Food Box Program in the Finger Lakes and New York City

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