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 were given $20 vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers’ market vendors. Community partners include the Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities, the Larimer County Office on Aging, Volunteers of America, UC Health Aspen Club, and Housing Catalyst. In 2019, the 163 participants in the Market Days! program reported a 35% increase in fruit and vegetable consumption. The LCFM vendors and farmers also benefited from the program, selling an additional $5,693 in produce.
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.
Click here to read more about our collaboration with Senior Access Points, as well as our community partners and sponsors.
2020 Program Update
The Market Days! program is in its second year and we’re hoping to provide even more older adults in our community with fresh, local produce. We’ve made a few modifications to keep participants safe during COVID-19. One of the biggest changes is that participants have fresh produce and plant starts delivered to them, rather than having them come to the market. Market Days! volunteers come to the market to put together bags of produce, then volunteer drivers take them to program participants.
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: email@example.com or 970-498-6000.
Thank you to our sponsors: