The summer drought that wilted crops throughout much of the nation caused a spike in prices for many fruits and vegetables. For low-income seniors, the higher prices could mean they have to cut down on an important part of their diet.
Nassau and Suffolk have a limited number of coupons worth $20 that can be used to help defray the cost of produce at about 30 Long Island farmers markets. Low-income seniors 60 and older qualify for the help.
Keep in mind that many farmers markets begin to close next month, though some stay open until early November, and once the supply of coupons runs out, the counties cannot get more until next year.
For income limits and other information about coupon availability, in Nassau call 516-227-8916. If you live in Suffolk, call 631-853-8200. For a list of participating farmers markets, go to bit.ly/li-markets. The markets are listed by county and the website includes the exact location, the days and hours they're open and a phone number.