Nassau County Executive Laura Curran recently announced a program in which income-eligible residents, ages 60 and older, can receive a one-time (per person, per year) coupon book worth $20 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets and farm stands. The coupons are provided by the New York State Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. They will be available at no cost at easily accessible, convenient locations throughout Nassau County.
The purpose of this program is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also intended to expand sales at farmers’ markets and farm stands. Farmers’ markets are places where local farmers sell their produce directly to consumers, usually right off the trucks. The produce is seasonal, locally grown, fresh-picked and reasonably priced.
For more information on eligibility and when, and where to obtain the coupons, call the Nassau County Office for the Aging at 516-227-8900.
—Submitted by Nassau County