Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
The Alaska Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh Alaska-grown fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut herbs and honey at farmers’ markets, and authorized farms and roadside stands. Each eligible senior receives five $5.00 coupons that may be used from June 1 through October 31.
Coupons for the SFMNP will be provided to eligible low-income seniors through distribution agencies be provided to eligible low-income seniors through distribution agencies. The coupons will be available by June 1st. Please click here for a listing of the 2016 distribution agencies.
Agencies participating in the 2017 season will be announced in May 2017.
Brochures listing authorized farmers, farmstands and farmers markets are available on the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program page. Please click on "Farmers' Market listed under Programs on the right of this page to access our location brochures.
Documents For Seniors:
Documents for Farmers:
Farmers' Market FAQ's
Who is eligible for Senior Farmers’ Market coupons?
Low-income seniors who live in areas of Alaska where there are Farmers' Markets and farm stands.
How do I get Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons?
If you are an eligible senior, you can pick up coupons at your closest distribution agency. Sometimes other arrangements are made for seniors, through their local senior center.
How do the coupons work?
Each eligible person receives a sheet of 5 coupons worth a total value of $25.00 for the summer growing season. Coupons can only be used to buy Alaskan grown produce at authorized Farmers' Markets, farm stands and/or farms. The farm stand at the market will have a sign saying they accept WIC and Senior Farmers' Market coupons. Farmers must provide the full amount of the value of each coupon. They cannot give you change for your coupons. You cannot use the coupons at a grocery store.
Where are the Farmers' Markets and farm stands?
The Senior Farmers' Market Program operates in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Palmer/Wasilla and various other areas. areas. areas.
What foods are eligible?
Eligible foods are fresh, unprepared, Alaskan-grown fruits, berries, vegetables, herbs and honey. Processed or prepared foods are not eligible. Cider is an example of a food that is not eligible for the program. Alaskan products such as fish or shellfish are not eligible.
How do I know which markets are authorized to accept coupons?
When your coupons are issued to you, you will be given a list of eligible Farmers' Markets, farm stands and farms in your area.
How do I find out how to store and prepare these foods?
Your distribution agency will provide information on the nutritional value, methods of storage and recipes when you get your coupons. You can also ask farmers for tips when you redeem your coupons.