Farm To Family coupons help you buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at over 60 participating farmers' markets.
About one in four Vermonters qualifies for Farm To Family coupons.
Who is eligible?
- Families enrolled in the Vermont Department of Health’s WIC Program; and
- Other individuals or families who have a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty limit. Those income limits are updated each spring. For example, the limits for the 2012 farmers' market season are $1,723 a month for a single person, $2,333 for a couple, or $3,554 for a family of four. Some of the coupons are reserved for income-eligible households that include someone aged 60 or older.
When can I apply?
The application process begins in late June of each year. Coupons are provided at the time the application is done. Distribution is done on a first come, first served basis and lasts until all coupons are gone. Apply early as some offices run out very quickly. Coupons are valid for the one market season and expire on October 31.
How do I apply?
- Families with a WIC participant over six months old - apply at special Farm To Family sessions held by your local District Health Office. The program schedule is in the June WIC Newsletter or available by calling your District Health Office or 1-800-464-4343 (extension 7333).
- Other households - apply through your local Community Action Agency. You should call them in mid-June to find out when and where the coupons will be distributed.
What can I get?
You can get $30 in coupons as well as tips about shopping at farmers’ markets and selecting fresh produce.
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The Farm To Family Program is an equal opportunity provider.