Farmers Market Checks
Qualifying seniors can benefit from this program offering checks for fresh produce.
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides coupons (or checks) to older individuals for use at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs for fresh nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey.
Eligible participants in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program must:
- Be 60 years of age or older at the time of the application, born in or before 1962
- Live in the service area of this Area Agency on Aging
- Have a yearly household income of no more than $25,142 for a single person or $33,874 for a married couple
Each eligible participant receives 10 checks with a total value of $30.00. A person can only receive checks one time per program year. Farmers Market Checks may be used from June 1 through October 31 at authorized farmers' markets, farm stands, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms where “Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks Welcome Here” signs are displayed.
Checks will be distributed through the mail again this year. If you received a Farmers Market Check check application from Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) in the past, you will be receiving the required forms in the mail. If you have not received an application in the mail in the past you can call 1-800-779-8707 to have one mailed to you.