basket of tomatoes and other vegetables at a market, overlaid with the text  Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons
Image by Lindsay France, Cornell U.

Use for fresh, local, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a state funded program run by the Department of Health. More information at www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/fmnp.

Senior Checks from the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

Coupons will be available for pickup from the Office for the Aging starting Tuesday, July 7, 2020. There will be a table outside the office at 214 West Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-12:30pm.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the usual ways of distribution have changed and recipients will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

The coupon booklets include five $4 coupons, a total of $20. Coupon booklets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients must be age 60 or over, have not received coupons from anywhere else, sign for and affirm that they are low-income based on the following criteria:

– Gross monthly income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines:

$1968/month for a one-person household; or

$2658/month for a two-person household; or

$3349/month for a three-person household.

Requirements for signatures on the attestation form have been relaxed this year and a POA or Proxy can pick up coupons, sign and attest on a recipient’s behalf, with adequate proof.

The coupons can be used at any participating market, with any participating vendor. Participating vendors at the markets will have signs indicating that they accept the coupons. The coupons can only be used to purchase fresh, local, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs.

Recipients can have someone else redeem the coupons for them if they cannot travel to a farmer’s market themselves. For transportation options, dial 2-1-1 (or 1.877.211.8667).

Tompkins County Office for the Aging is partnering with Foodnet and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County on distribution, however some of the previous sites are not available this year due to COVID-19. 

For more information on when and where the coupons will be distributed, or if you are having difficulty accessing our office, call the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 607-274-5482.


WIC Checks from the Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The local Tompkins WIC office has $20 in FMNP checks available for currently enrolled families. 

Contact the WIC Office M-F 8:30–4:30 at 607-274-6630, or text 607-882-6286.

To enroll in WIC, apply @ wicstrong.com or contact the local office at the numbers listed above.


Where to Spend Your FMNP Checks

Brooktondale Farmers Market
Brooktondale Community Center, 522 Valley Rd. Brooktondale, NY
Thursday 4pm-7pm
June 4-September 24
Participating Farms: RC Kelley Produce

Freeville Farmers Market
43 Main St, Freeville, NY
Sunday 12pm-3pm
May 3-Sepember 20
Participating Farms: Big Rock Farm

Ithaca Farmers Market
Steamboat Landing, 535 Third Street, Ithaca, NY
Saturday 9-1, Sunday 10-2
April-November
Participating Farms: Buried Treasures Farm, Nook and Cranny Farm, Stick & Stone Farm, West Haven Farm

Trumansburg Farmers Market
Steamboat Landing, 535 Third Street, Ithaca, NY
Wednesday 4-7pm
May-October
Participating Farms: unknown

Mobile Markets from the Youth Farm Project
Tues. - 11-12:30 pm - McGraw House (221 S Geneva St, Ithaca, NY)
Weds. - 3-5 pm - Pete's Grocery/Dandy Mart (805 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY)
Fri. 12-1:30 - Titus Towers (798 & 800 South Plain St, Ithaca, NY)
May-October

NOTE: For current information on participating farms, look for FMNP signs at their market stall.

Contact

Baz Perry
Equitable Food Systems Coordinator
ebs20@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 131

Last updated July 21, 2020