August 04, 2017

National Farmers Market Week and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

August 6-13, 2017 has been declared National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. 
“There’s nothing healthier than fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally grown products. When you visit a farmers market, you often get to meet the person who is actually growing your food. What a wonderful way to support the local economy, as well,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has again secured a grant from the USDA to participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands. This program helps to increase access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by seniors, as well as supports local farming producers. Seniors who applied for the program this year have until November 30 to visit their local farmers market or roadside stand to utilize their vouchers.
Applications are still being accepted at this time. Strain encourages senior citizens 60 years and older who meet certain income requirements to contact their parish Council on Aging to participate.

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