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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Local Farmers Market starts Friday, May 28; program available to help seniors buy fresh produce

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The Local Farmers Market is kicking off again Friday, May 28, 2021, bringing locally grown and made products to the 5th Street Market.

The Farmers Market will be held from 7 a.m. until noon every Friday throughout the summer at the 5th Street Market, located downtown at the corner of 5th and Locust streets.

For more information on the 5th Street Market, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (256) 549-4680.

Federal programs also exist to help qualifying seniors buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section. 

The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama.  Food benefits are available on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed.  Don’t delay, complete an application today!

 

Eligibility:

· Age — Must be 60 years of age or older on the day of application , AND 

· Income — Applicants’ gross household income must not exceed these limits:

            $1,756 monthly … for a household of … 1

            $2,371 monthly … for a household of … 2

Visit http://fma.alabama.gov/SeniorNutrition/  if you have more than 2 people in your household.


 How to apply: Applicants must apply online on the following website: http://fma.alabama.gov. Unfortunately, applications can’t be accepted over the phone or by mail. If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, you may ask relative, friend, church member, etc to complete the application for you with the information you provide. If approved, you will receive your vouchers by mail at the address given on your application. 

Applicants must reapply every year!


What can I buy with the vouchers?

Fresh fruits; Fresh vegetables; Honey; Cut Herbs 


Where can I use the vouchers?

Vouchers can be redeemed at State Certified Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and U-Pick Operations. To view a list by county, visit http://www.fma.alabama.gov/FMCounty.aspx or http://agi.alabama.gov/docs/fma/RedemptionSites 

Vouchers cannot be used at a grocery store or any location that is not listed on the redemption site.

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