About the Program

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program is accepting applications for the 2021 Market Season.  Please click here, or visit the webpage for Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging at www.LMTAAA.org for information and links to download the application, also called an “affidavit”.

This program provides eligible seniors with vouchers worth $40 to use at participating Farmers Markets. The vouchers can only be used from June 1st through October 31st and they are distributed on a “First Come, First Served” basis.

Program Overview:

The goal of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to provide seniors in
Mason and Thurston Counties the opportunity to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared,
unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs from
authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. Participants will also receive nutrition
educational materials including recipes, nutrient values, food preparation and storage
information.

Another benefit of this program is that by increasing the consumption of local
agricultural commodities it helps aid in the development of new farmers markets and
roadside stands along with community-supported agriculture programs.

Qualifications: 
To be eligible for the SFMNP, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must be 60 years old or older (or 55+ if you are Native American/Alaska
    Native
  • Your income must be below 185% of Federal Poverty Level. That means:
    • $23,606 Annual or $1,967 Monthly Income for 1 person
    • $31,894 Annual or $2,658 Monthly Income for 2 people
    • For larger households, add $691 for each additional person
  • You must be a resident of Washington State

Market Season:
This year’s application will be available on April 15, 2021.  SFMNP checks will be
distributed on a first come first serve basis.  Once an application has been received and
screened for eligibility, the applicant will be mailed $40 in SFMNP checks to be used at
participating farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Washington
State.  SFMNP checks are valid during harvest season, which is June 1 thru
October 31, 2021.

Where to Shop:
A list of local participating farmers markets and roadside stands will be provided to each
recipient of SFMNP checks. All participating farmers markets and roadside stands will
have a sign posted that they accept SFMNP checks. Caregivers or family members may
purchase produce with the SFMNP checks on behalf of an eligible participant when a
PROXY form is filled out by the senior designating someone else to make purchases for
them.  A complete list of all participating farmers markets and roadside stands
throughout Washington State is available upon request.

No cash change will be issued for purchases that are in an amount less than the value
of the check(s), and no State or local taxes will be collected on purchases of food with
checks. SFMNP checks have a cash value of $4 each and come in books of $40 (10
checks each).

Links:  Other languages available upon request.