2021 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 program. Please check back in May 2022 for information and the application for the 2022 program. You must re-apply each year. We will not automatically re-enroll you in the program from year-to-year.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides fresh, nutritious, unprepared locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey through farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs.  

Program eligibility

To be eligible, a senior must live in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties, be age 60 or older and have an annual household income that is less than 185% of the poverty level (see 2021 qualifying household income levels). Each eligible senior in a household may apply. Applicants do not have to be COA clients.

How does the program work?

Eligible seniors who apply receive 10, $5 coupons to redeem during the growing season at participating farmers' markets. Normally, five of the coupons expire July 31 and five expire October 31. 

IMPORTANT: If you still have 2021 coupons that expire July 31, you may now use them until October 31, 2021. If you are applying in mid-July or later, you will receive 10, $5 coupons that expire October 31.

Once a senior is approved for the program, COA will send the coupons, a letter with instructions on how to redeem the coupons and a list of participating markets. Note that Blooms & Berries in Warren County will not offer produce after September 6, 2021, but will continue to offer honey.

You can expect your coupons to arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks. We will not notify you if you have been approved, you will only receive the coupons. If you do not qualify, we will send you a letter to let you know.

The health and safety of our seniors is very important and we urge all seniors to follow CDC guidelines related to  COVID-19 safety.

What if a senior is unable to get to a market or farm stand?

A senior may list a designated shopper on their application who will be permitted to pick up the produce for them. One person may shop for up to two other people.

What types of foods are part of the program?

Eligible foods include locally grown, fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and honey. View the SFMNP Eligible Food List.

How can seniors apply?

The 2021 program is now closed. Applications for the 2022 program will be available in May.

  • Apply online, or
  • Download and print the application and mail to:

Council on Aging
ATTN: Farmers Market Program
4601 Malsbary Road
Blue Ash, OH 45242

  • If you are unable to apply online or download and/or print the application, please call us at (513) 721-1025 or (800) 252-0155 and select Option 2 from the menu to reach our call center and request an application be mailed to you.

What if I have questions?

If you have questions, please call COA at (513) 721-1025 or (800) 252-0155 and select Option 2. Or you may send an email.