Please note that the market has made changes as a result of COVID-19 and information on this page may not reflect the current changes. For the most current information, please view our shopping guide or contact us.
Connecting Older Adults with the Community
The Market Days! for Older Adults project was initiated in 2019 to provide incentives for older, low-income adults to visit the Larimer County Farmers’ Market. These individuals may not qualify for SNAP or the benefits may be limited—this is known as the “SNAP Gap.” In Larimer County alone, it is estimated that over 8,000 older adults are considered food insecure. The goals of the program were to make healthy food affordable and accessible, as well as to provide opportunities for social interaction with family, friends, vendors, and community partners by visiting the market.
Participants are given $20 vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers’ market vendors. Community partners help to identify participants. Our partners include the Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities, the Larimer County Office on Aging, Volunteers of America, UC Health Aspen Club, and Housing Catalyst and more.
We are grateful that CSU Extension in Larimer County has the capacity to be on the front lines in serving immediate community needs – via its relationships with farmers and producers, and community partners working together to address food insecurity. If you’d like to volunteer with Market Days!, contact us at MarketDaysFC@gmail.com.
In 2020, during the pandemic, made modifications to keep participants safe. One of the biggest changes was that participants had fresh produce and plant starts delivered to them, rather their needing to come to the market. Market Days! volunteers visited the market to put bags of produce together, then volunteer drivers took them to program participants. In all, during the 2020 season, 1161 bags of produce were delivered to 269 individuals. The LCFM vendors and farmers also benefited from the program, selling an additional $25,390 in produce.
Click here to read more about our collaboration with Senior Access Points, as well as our community partners and sponsors.
Support Market Days!
Make a donation to provide low-income older adults with fresh produce from the farmers’ market.
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities
We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for small and large businesses. Help increase the number of vouchers Larimer County Extension can offer to low-income adults in our community.
For more information, contact Emily Alligood at the Larimer County Extension Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-498-6000.
Thank you to our sponsors: