Senior Project Fresh
The Farmington Farmers Market is pleased to register and participate in Senior Project Fresh again this market season. This state-run program, operated in conjunction with the USDA, provides farm fresh locally grown produce to seniors, age 60 and above.
As of early April 2023, it had not been announced what the value of the coupons will be. In the past, it has been $2 for qualifying Seniors, issued in a booklet of 10, for use only at farmer's markets.
Reach out to Robin Danto, Food and Nutrition Coordinator at the Oakland County MSU Extension Office for more information and how to receive a coupon book.
Says Robin, "I believe the Senior Market FRESH program has such great value. Not only does it help get fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables into the hands of seniors who need them to maintain their health, but it also improves our economy by supporting local farmers who live, shop and invest in our communities. It also brings awareness of farmers markets and the benefits they provide to our communities and the people who support them."
For more information contact Robin at this new number:
248-215-6307. Robin may also be reached by email at email@example.com
Robin Danto, M.S.
Food Safety and Nutrition
Oakland County MSU Extension
1200 N. Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341
Types of Produce that may be purchased with Senior Project Fresh Coupons
Salsify & Scorzonera
Corn (not ornamental or popcorn)
Kale & Collards
Potatoes & Sweet potatoes
Honey, all kinds
Other items are eligible if they are Michigan-grown and NOT processed.
Project Fresh WIC
Project Fresh WIC (Women-Infants-Children) is a food assistance program administered by the Michgan Department of Health & Human Services WIC Division and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, with funding provided by the USDA.
The Farmington Farmers Market is authorized for participation in Project Fresh WIC, providing eligible clients with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Coupons are distributed to clients through agency staff at designated WIC clinic sites, where clients learn about redeeming coupons along with selecting, storing and preparing fresh produce. WIC Project Fresh Clients receive booklets of five coupons valued at $5.00 each for a total value of $25.00.
The Project Fresh W-I-C program begins June 1st. Coupons are valid for use at the Farmington Farmers Market through October 31st. Look for signage at participating farmers
Partnership with CARES
The Farmington Farmers Market is proud to add yet another food assistance program to its list by partnering with CARES of Farmington Hills. The program brings together CARES director Todd Lipa and longtime market farmer Steven Goetz of Goetz Farm & Greenhouse of Riga in an effort to get the goodness of freshly grown produce to the clients of CARES, or Community Action Resources Empowerment Services.
Each Saturday, Goetz's unsold produce at the end of the market day will be loaded onto a CARES truck and taken to the group’s newly installed walk-in refrigeration units at their home at the site of the former St. Alexander's Church on Shiawassee in Farmington Hills. CARES clients in need of food assistance will now benefit from direct access to the nutrition found only in farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s another way the market fulfills its mission of providing direct access to fresh locally grown produce to everyone.
“The more than 600 families and over 1,400 individuals who shop at CARES will appreciate the fresh produce each week,” said Lipa, also a co-founder of CARES. “It’s people like the Goetz Family that help us feed our hungry neighbors.”
For more on CARES, visit http://caresfh.org.
EBT Bridge Cards
The Farmers Market does not accept EBT Bridge Cards. But our presenting sponsor and nearby neighbor Fresh Thyme Market does accept them. For more information, call the store at 248-699-5343. The cards are also accepted at the drive-up pantry and store of C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, a local non-profit community resource that offers comprehensive support services for individuals and their families in the Farmington Hills area. The Market works closely with C.A.R.E.S., supplying them with fresh produce and other necessities donated by market farmers and vendors. For more information, call 248-474-8231. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services administers the Bridge Card program in Michigan. For more information on applying or to learn more about this program, call the customer hotline at 888-678-8914 to speak directly with a customer service representative.