Buy fresh, buy local with Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
by Emma Anne Hallman
Mar 03, 2013 | 1930 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Admit it. You want to live actively, independently, and well in your senior years.

Yet, you know living well can be challenging. With shrinking muscles, aches and pains, chronic diseases, and eye problems, just to name a few, quality living can be tough.

This year, the State of Alabama’s Farmers Market Authority is helping you do something to help with these challenges.

If you are 60 or older, you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity at your local farmers market. Applications are now being accepted for Alabama residents 60 and older who qualify for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.

These vouchers provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market.

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide your body vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants and phytochemicals that help fight heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cataracts or macular degeneration.

The Walker County Farmers Market is a great place to stock up on fresh, home-grown collards, turnips, mustard greens, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, summer squash, tomatoes, corn and red or yellow peppers plus various fruits.

To be eligible, the recipients’ gross household income must not exceed the following limits:

•$1,534 monthly for a household of 1

•$2,064 monthly for a household of 2

•$2,594 monthly for a household of 3

•$3,124 monthly for a household of 4

•$3,654 monthly for a household of 5

•$4,183 monthly for a household of 6

No one is entitled to Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, meaning the budget does not provide enough checks to satisfy all applicants. Signups will remain open until all vouchers have been issued. Vouchers will be mailed out in mid- to late-May.

Applicants may fill out the application in one of two ways, either online or by phone. To fill out the application online, go to www.fma.alabama.gov. Click on SFMNP Application located at the top of the webpage.

A new webpage will open. Fill in your personal information in the appropriate boxes. Enter security code at the bottom of the screen. Click submit. A new screen will appear asking you to confirm your information.

Click, “Yes, my information is correct.”

If seniors do not have access to a computer, one can still apply for the program by coming by the Walker County Extension Office, located at 1501 Airport Road in Jasper, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th.

The application will be completed for you.

The following items will need to be known: birth date, phone number, mailing address, number of people in the household, total monthly income for all people in the household.

For more information on Senior Farmers Market vouchers, call the Walker County Extension Office at 205-221-3392 or 256-366-0044.



Farmers Market Salsa

½ cup fresh cooked or frozen corn

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup fresh diced tomatoes

½ cup diced onion

½ cup diced green pepper

2 Tablespoons lime juice

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

½ cup picante sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill until serving time. Drain before serving. Serve with low-fat baked tortilla chips or fresh vegetables.