Jul 14, 2020 12:12 PM

It’s time for older Kansans to apply for senior farmers’ market vouchers

Posted Jul 14, 2020 12:12 PM

Kansans age 60 or over who meet income guidelines and who shop in farmers’ markets in Kansas can boost their health and their wallets thanks to a program that provides money through vouchers to qualified older Kansans.

The North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (NC-FH AAA) announced that applications are now available for the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP). This popular program provides $35 in vouchers to Kansans age 60 or better who meet income guidelines. Vouchers can be used to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey from participating farmers at local farmers’ markets.

Those who wish to apply for the $35 vouchers—or to find out if they qualify—should contact the NC-FH AAA at 785-776-9294 or 800-432-2703. Applications for this program are also available on the Agency’s website at www.ncfhaaa.com.

To qualify, seniors must be age 60 or older and have an annual gross income at or below $23,606—which is $1,968 per month. Vouchers are distributed on a first come, first served basis and may be used at participating markets from now to November 1, 2020. Eligible Kansans from anywhere in Kansas may shop at participating farmers’ markets with the vouchers.

“The Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a great way for older Kansans to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets—and is a fantastic way to support local farmers and farmers’ markets, too,” said Julie Govert Walter, Executive Director of the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (NC-FH AAA). “We’re delighted to work with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and other Kansas Area Agencies on Aging on this initiative,” she said.

Walter said that The Kansas Department of Health and Environment would like to expand this program, since it boosts the success of farmers’ markets while improving nutrition options for Kansans. Farmers interested in accepting vouchers should contact Warren Hayes at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Nutrition Program at 785-296-8060.

For more information about Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers or to request an application call the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (NC-FH AAA) toll free at (800) 432-2703 or go to www.ncfhaaa.com.

Following are the participating farmers markets, as provided by NC-FH AAA.

Abilene Farmer’s Market

Wednesday 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

East 1st and Buckeye Streets, Parking Lot

Belleville Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Courthouse Square, 1815 M St.

Baxa Veggies

1105 27th Belleville

Please call 785-955-2202

C & C High Tunnel Farms

Wed-Fri 12:30-5 p.m.

218 Washington St., Scandia

Cawker City Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8—10 a.m., July-Sept.

City Park North of Hwy 24

Clay Center Farmers’ Market

Saturday: 8 a.m.—11 a.m. May through October

West side of Courthouse

Concordia Farmers’ Market

Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. June—Sept.

Concordia City Park (11th & Washington)

Depot Market Inc. Farm Stand

Mon-Sat 9 a.m.—5:30 p.m. June 17—Oct

Sunday 1—5 p.m.

1101 30 Road. Courtland

Emporia Farmers’ Market

Wednesday 5 p.m. – Until Sell Out

Saturday 8 a.m. – Sell Out

Downtown Emporia, 7th Avenue and Merchant Street Parking Lot

Frankfort Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8—11 a.m. May—Sept

Downtown Frankfurt

Geary County Farmers’ Market

Thursday: 4—7 p.m. June—Sept.

GHC Front Parking Lot

Lindsborg Farmer’s Market

Saturday 7:30—11 a.m.

Swensson Park on North Main

Manhattan Farmers’ Markets (two locations)

Wednesday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

CiCo Park Kimball and Candlewood Streets

Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

3rd & Leavenworth

A & H Farm

Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 9 a.m.—7 p.m. April-Oct

Thurs 10 a.m.—7 p.m.,

1374 Collins Lane, Manhattan

Barbara Flores

Daily, call 785-313-3933, seasonal

1330 Temple Lane, Manhattan

Marysville Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8 a.m.—11 a.m. May-Oct 31st

7th & Broadway

McPherson Farmers’ Market

Saturday 7:30 a.m.—12 p.m., May-Oct.

600 W Woodside

Miltonvale Farmers’ Market

Monday 4 p.m. —6 p.m.

Starr and Spruce St., Downtown Miltonvale

Moundridge Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8 a.m.—11 a.m. & Tuesday 5-7 p.m. May-Oct.

406 Cole St.

Salina Farmers’ Market

Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

460 South Ohio St.

Harvest

Tuesday 4 p.m.—7 p.m.

1325 E Cloud St., Emmanuel

Salina parking lot

Solomon Farmers’ Market

Wednesday 4—6 p.m., May-Sept

Little Red School House

Roadside Park—Hwy 24

Washington Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8 a.m.—12 p.m.

117 East 6th Street