Connecting Older Adults with the Community
Market Days! is a program offered through Larimer County Extension that encourages low-income adults ages 50 and above to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market. Farmers’ markets are a great way to connect with local agriculture, get advice on how to prepare the items, and have the ability to purchase fresh, local options. In addition to encouraging healthy eating habits, the farmers’ market is a vibrant community hub with live music and special events each Saturday. While at the market, older adults can socialize and engage with their community.
Click here to read more about our collaboration with Senior Access Points, as well as our community partners and sponsors.
How It Works
The Market Days! booth is located on the east side of the center lawn across from the flagpole. Come by to get information on aging-related resources and for cooking demonstrations. Participants are referred to the program through our community partners. Voucher distribution currently involves three Fort Collins Housing Catalyst communities (Redtail, Stanford, and Shields), The Northern, and Volunteers of America Smiling Spoon dining sites, and more.
For information on cooking demonstrations, tours of the farmers’ market, and transportation to the market, contact Kali LeMaster at: email@example.com
The Program in Action
Recently, a participant shared her Market Days! experience with us. She is currently unemployed, so she was appreciative of the opportunity to take part in the program. She and her mother are both participants of the program, so they each brought their vouchers to market. With their vouchers, they were able to purchase all of the produce in the photo below.
Wow! That’s a lot of fresh, local produce. Not only did they pick up some healthy options for the week, but they also spent time together at the farmers’ market.
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: