By: Rebecca Konopka
Carter County Extension Agent
Senior Farmer’s Market Voucher Distribution dates have been set for Monday, June 27th at Northeast Community Action Agency in Olive Hill from 12:30-3:30 and on Tuesday, June 28th from 12:30-3:30 in Grayson at the Farmer’s Market Shed (behind Extension Office). Seniors will need to stay in their cars and staff will come to them to complete the sign-up process. Participants must be at least 60 years old and have proof of age with them. Seniors must also have an income less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level to qualify for the vouchers.
Vouchers will NOT be distributed prior to the dates listed above. Forms that were received in the commodity boxes can be returned to the distribution sites on the dates listed above but should NOT be returned to the Extension Office prior to June 28th. If you did not already receive a form, forms will be available at the distribution sites.
Participants may only sign up for vouchers once each summer. Vouchers will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. The purpose of the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is to gain market access for farmers as well as improving nutrition of low-income families by providing them better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Funding for Kentucky’s program comes from federal and state resources. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) serves as the lead agency for Sr FMNP. This year, the seniors will be provided with a $48 debit card that can be used to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs at State-approved farmers’ markets.
The Grayson Farmer’s Market will open on July 2nd and will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until sell out. The Olive Hill Farmer’s Market will open on July 9th and will be open on Mondays from 3:00 PM until sell out and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 AM until sell out.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
Other Upcoming Events:
- June 13th @ 10:00 AM – Extension District Board
- June 17th @ 9:00 AM – Hike & Learn – Grayson Lake Spillway Fishing & Nature Trails