Senior Farmer’s Market available

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PERRY COUNTY – The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is available in Perry County this year under the sponsorship of Lincoln Hills Development Corporation through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  
The program will provide $3,000 in voucher checks from the Indiana Department of Health to 150 low-income households in Perry County.  The program encourages low-income senior citizens to purchase nutritious, locally grown produce which helps support our community’s farmers.  
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Indiana and is administered locally by Lincoln Hills Development Corporation RSVP.
To be eligible for the program, participants must live in Perry County, shop at the Tell City Farmer’s Market, be at least 60 years as of October 1 or be a disabled person, over 21 and under 60 years old, living in housing for the elderly served by SWIRCA nutrition services.  Participants may assign a proxy to shop for them.  Proxies should accompany the registrant to one of the registration sessions.
Each eligible individual will receive a check booklet worth $20 that may be used June 17 through October 19, 2013.  
All participants must have an income of less than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  
Eligible participants may sign up for the program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at Lincoln Hills Elderly Housing in Tell City. Distribution will be on a first come, first serve basis.  
Any farmer wishing to participate in the program may sign up with local Market Master, Kim Scales by calling (812) 547-3435 ext. 230.
A short application must be completed and sent to the Indiana State Department of Health to become an authorized FMNP farmer. FMNP checks may be spent on fresh, locally grown produce available from an authorized Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program farmer at the Tell City Farmer’s Market.  
FMNP checks may be used on asparagus, beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, edible soybeans, eggplant, garlic, greens (any variety), herbs (cut and edible), lettuce (any variety), lima beans, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers (any variety), potatoes, pumpkins (edible), radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squash (any variety), squash blossoms, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, sweet potatoes and yams, apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, elderberries, gooseberries, plums, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon.
For more information, contact Scales at 547-3435 Ext. 231.