Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can keep you healthier. But for low-income seniors, the high cost of fresh produce can sometimes mean they do without. The New York State Farmers' Market Nutrition Program can help defray the costs a little bit. Low-income seniors 60 and older can get a coupon booklet worth $20, redeemable at several farmers markets in Nassau and Suffolk. Most of the produce at the participating farmers markets is locally grown. The coupon books are distributed by the Office for the Aging in each county.
For more information about where to get the coupon books and income eligibility requirements for Nassau residents, call 516-227-8919; in Suffolk, call 631-853-8200.
For a list of farmers markets that will accept the coupons, go to bit.ly/li-markets. The markets are sorted by county.