Bucks County’s summer crop abundance connects thousands of residents with vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables brimming with nutrition and flavor. For seniors, however, this bounty may be out of budget, especially as numerous influences have lifted grocery prices. In response, the state’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) ensures that residents who are 60+ eat well.
The program operates under the state’s Women-Infant-Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program.
It supplies SFMNP checks that are redeemable only by state-authorized farms. These stipends are redeemable for fruits and vegetables only; the checks cover no processed farm-stand staples — honey, for example, or jams and jellies — or citrus/tropical fruits.
The checks are available to seniors within certain earnings brackets and based on full-time household occupants. For example, a home with four residents has a maximum earning level of $51,338. Checks are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
The application is online.
In alpha order, the Bucks County participating farms are:
- Brumbaugh’s Farm, Telford
- Charlann Farms Farm Stand, Yardley
- Clean Green Growers, Sellersville
- Deep Well Farm, Pennsburg
- Detweiler Homestead Farm, Sellersville
- Doylestown Farmers Market, Doylestown
- Doylestown Produce, Doylestown
- Lower Makefield Farmers Market, Yardley
- Manoff Market Gardens, New Hope
- Milk House Farm Market, Newtown
- John Palovchak Farm, Doylestown
- Perkasie Farmers Market, Perkasie
- Quakertown Pilot Market, Quakertown
- Shady Brook Farm Market, Yardley
- Snipes Farm & Education Center, Morrisville
- Snyder Farms, Perkasie
- Solly Brothers Farm, Ivyland
- Styer Orchard (and Market), Langhorne
- Traugers Farm LLC, Kintnersville
- Windy Springs Farm, Quakertown
- Wrightstown Farmers Market, Newtown
- Yardley Farmers Market, Yardley