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Farmers Market Nutrition coupons available

Monday, June 7, 2010

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Cherokee Farmers Market - The Cherokee Farmers Market began its season on Thursday at the Cherokee Depot. Area farmers and gardeners come to sale their produce and goods at this popular local event. If last year's season was any indication, this year's Farmers Market has much in potential growth. Photo by Mike Leckband
Cherokee Farmers Market opens for season at Depot

Beginning today, eligible senior citizens may sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at the Cherokee Community Center, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Seniors are encouraged to go to the parking area outside the

lower level of the Community Center and go up the ramp inside

to meet with Marcella Nelson and apply for the vouchers.

Eligible senior citizens must bring identification with them to prove their eligibility for the vouchers (also called coupons or checks) and must be at least 60 years old at the time they apply for the coupons.

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Jim Adamson is pictured ringing the starting bell at the official opening of this season's Farmers Market at the Cherokee Depot on Thursday. The Farmers Market will be open every Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Depot until September. Photo by Mike Leckband
Also, there is an income threshold that must be met. A single person must have an income of no more than $20,036.00 and a married couple must have an income of no more than $26,955.00 and all applicants must reside in Cherokee County.

Applicants for coupons may bring along a copy of their income tax form from the most recent year and that will be accepted as proof they are eligible for the coupons.

The coupons may be used in place of cash to purchase fruits and vegetables from a certified vendor at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market (CAFM). A certified vendor is one who has completed training offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

(IDALS).

A certified vendor will have a colorful sign from IDALS showing that the vendor completed the training and is eligible to accept FMNP coupons as payment for fruits and vegetables.

The CAFM is held under the canopy at the Cherokee Depot each Thursday, June through September, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Senior FMNP is designed to promote healthy eating habits through the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program encourages Iowa's seniors to purchase directly from the farmer and to support the local farmers who participate in the program.

Persons with questions about the Senior FMNP Coupons may call

Marcella Nelson at 225-5326.

Persons with questions about the CAFM may call Jim Adamson at 229-9502.



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