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James Hansder sells tomato plants, turnip greens, collards, cabbage, turnips and onions at at the Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market
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James Hansder sells tomato plants, turnip greens, collards, cabbage, turnips and onions at at the Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market

Attention, senior citizens: Farmers market coupons available May 29 - June 1

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

Some residents who once grew vegetables and sold them at the Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market are now going there to buy them and for the sixth year the Commission on Aging offers help.

Senior citizens will have an opportunity to apply for $20 value coupon booklets through the agency beginning May 29.

Commission on Aging Director Debra Rains said her office will have more than 1,500 booklets to give to those who qualify.

“We got a few more this year because we had the highest redemption in the state, and we are in the top 10 in the country for redemption of the coupons,” Rains said.

The State of Alabama Farmers Market Authority gives coupons to counties each year for senior nutrition programs.

“We tell everybody to spend them so that we can get more each year.”

Each booklet has five $4 coupons to use at a farmers market. Rains said she will give seniors a list of eligible markets.

Burl Slaten, manager of the Decatur market, said recipients spend a lot of the coupons there.

“The coupons allow them to buy fresh vegetables that they probably wouldn’t buy,” Slaten said. “A lot of them live from check to check and the checks aren’t that good. It’s a win for the seniors and a win for the farmers.”

Residents may apply for the coupons May 29 through June 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the farmers market on First Avenue Southeast. After June 1, they must go to the Commission on Aging at the Morgan County Area Transportation Service building on Second Avenue Southeast.

One coupon will be issued per household. Annual household income for one person cannot exceed $17,820; two people, $23,712; and three people, $29,760.

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