Farmers Markets and how seniors can afford them
Every summer, the New York State Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides farmers market coupons for qualifying low-income seniors. The coupons can be exchanged for locally-grown fruit and vegetables at participating farmers markets in Dutchess County and elsewhere in New York State. The purpose of the program is twofold: to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of local, fresh fruits and vegetables; and to expand sales at farmers markets and farm stands. There’s an additional benefit for seniors shopping at farmers markets: increased social activity, far more than might happen at a typical supermarket.
This year’s coupons are now available to eligible seniors in Dutchess County, and must be picked up in person at Office for the Aging (OFA) or an OFA Senior Friendship Center. Before visiting, call OFA during business hours at 845-486-2555 for eligibility and distribution information. Coupon books will be distributed at OFA from 1 to 4 p.m. only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while supplies last. Friendship Center distribution hours are available upon request.
Seniors with residences in low-income senior housing in Dutchess County may be able to find out more from their residence administrator.
The coupons will be valid through the 2021 growing season, until Nov. 30, or a participating market closes for the winter, whichever comes first. Treat coupons like cash; they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Look for vendors that display the sign, “We Gladly Accept NYS SFMNP Checks.”
Participating farmers may only accept coupon program checks for fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs that are fresh, local and unprocessed.
Below are regional participating markets and stands in Dutchess County. An asterisk (*) indicates the market also accepts SNAP benefits.
Dykeman Farm Stand
31 Dykeman Lane, Pawling, Daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., through Oct. 31, 845-832-6068.
Hyde Park Farmers Market
4390 Albany Post Road (Route 9) at East Market St. (County Route 41) Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 845-229-9336.
Market Farm Stand
Route 22, Wingdale, Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Nov. 5, 845-832-6286.
Farmers Market *
Millerton Methodist Church, 6 Dutchess Ave., Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 518-789-4259, www.millertonfarmersmarket.org.
Pawling Farmers Market
Pawling Village Green, Charles Coleman Blvd., Pawling, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., until Sept. 25, 914-941-8762.
Share the Bounty Farm Stand
Sun River Health Amenia (formerly Hudson River Healthcare), 3360 Route 343, Amenia, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. until Oct. 30, 845-206-7526.
Z Farms Farm Stand *
355 Poplar Hill Road, Dover Plains, Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed Wednesdays), 845-877-0024.