The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides $50 worth of coupons to eligible seniors for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and honey. The program operates through the growing season during which eligible seniors can exchange coupons at weekly farmers’ markets hosted in or around the Fairview Park Senior Center. The program also includes a nutrition education component which provides participants with information about making healthy choices and the benefits of fruits and vegetables in their diets.

The Fairview Park Senior Life Office is an equal opportunity provider.

How does the program work?

Each eligible participant receives 10 $5.00 coupons. The coupons will have dates printed on them that identify when the coupons are valid. The coupons will have the name of the agency issuing the coupons should the participant have questions about the program or coupon redemption. Each coupon will be used to purchase eligible food in $5 increments at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. The farmers will help the participant select enough produce to use the full value of the coupon as no change is permitted to be returned to the participant.

The Fairview Park Senior Life Department typically hosts a weekly farmers’ market each year during the summer months.

What types of food are eligible?

Coupons can be redeemed for fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and honey.

Foods excluded include any processed food or foods grown in states other than Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana or Michigan. Coupons may not be used to purchase flowers, potted plants, crafts, eggs, nuts, rice, popcorn, dried produce, dried herbs and baked goods. Coupons also may not be used to purchase processed foods, such as jams, apple butter, apple cider or maple syrup. Lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits, pineapples, mangoes, and bananas are not grown locally and may not be purchased with coupons.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

You are eligible for the program if you are age 60 or older and have a household income that falls within one of these guidelines:

  • $21,775 or less – household of 1 person
  • $29,471 or less – household of 2 people
  • $37,167 or less – household of 3 people
  • $44,863 or less – household of 4 people
  • $52,559 or less – household of 5 people
  • $60,255 or less – household of 6 people

Household income includes not only all wages and salaries, but also such items as unemployment insurance, disability payments, retirement checks and regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment or other kinds of income received routinely. The residents of the household do not have to be related to the head of the household for their earnings to be considered part of the household’s income.

Who funds this program?

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is supported by Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Aging, and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Exhausting funding before the end of growing season is common. Once the funding is spent, a wait list is created. People on the wait list may receive coupons should additional funds become available late in the growing season.

How do I join the program?

To enroll, contact the Fairview Park Senior Life Department. Staff will tell you how to access coupons.