Kansas Senior Farmers Market

Nutrition Program


The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. It provides a monetary benefit to low-income seniors living in Kansas to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and honey from certified farmers at Farmers Markets in Kansas.

Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program United States  Department of Agriculture

The three goals of the KSFMNP are to:

  1. Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs to low income seniors;
     
  2. Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs; and,
     
  3. Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program operates in the
following Kansas Counties:

Allen, Anderson, Atchison,
Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler,
Clay, Cloud, Cowley, Cherokee,
Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas,
Finney, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood,
Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson,
Labette, Leavenworth, Lyon,
Marion, Marshall, McPherson,
Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery,
Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie,
Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley,
Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee,
Washington, Wyandotte

These are the counties where certified farmers are accepting checks at farmers markets and where local agencies are distributing benefits. Benefits come in the form six (6), $5.00 checks equalling $30.00 in total. This is a first come first served program.

The following foods are eligible for purchase under the KSFMNP:

  • Fresh, nutritious unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, and local honey for human consumption
     
  • Eligible foods may not be prepared beyond their natural states except for their usual harvesting and cleaning processes
     
  • Locally grown = grown in Kansas or in a county adjacent to Kansas's state lines if you are near the Kansas state border

The following for are INELIGIBLE for purchase under the KSFMNP:

  • Grocery store purchases
  • Non-locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey
  • Creamed, whipped, flavored, or herbally-infused honey
  • Processed fruits or vegetable products (i.e. baked goods, jams, jellies, popcorn, juices, etc.)
  • Dried fruits/vegetables
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Dried chili peppers
  • Potted fruit/vegetable plants
  • Potted or dried herbs
  • Wild rice
  • Cider
  • Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Seafood
  • Nuts
  • Maple syrup