Island Senior: Enjoying summer’s bounty at the farmers market
Posted July 2, 2022 at 10:17 am by Peggy Sue McRae
The equinox has passed and Fourth of July weekend is upon us. For islanders this generally marks the true start of summer both weather wise and in terms of increased activities and visitors. One sure sign that summer is revving up is that our local farmers market is invigorated with plenty of fresh produce among other unique offerings.
Providing an outlet for local farmers since 1987, the market has grown to about 35 vendors including farmers, artists and crafters, food processors, service providers, and local community organizations. Since 2011 the market has made its home at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, April through October.
While fresh locally grown produce is a big draw, you will also find locally raised meats, flowers and herbs, jams, jellies, baked goods, goat cheese, and even locally produced sea salt and artisan crafted teas, plus fine arts and crafts. Chances are there will be musicians playing on the plaza and you are bound to run into just the person you wanted to chat with.
While you can’t beat fresh local farm goods, for seniors on fixed incomes this can get expensive. It’s easy, and very worth while, to apply for the 2022 Senior Farmers Market Vouchers. Eligible seniors can receive $80 in vouchers redeemable at the farmers market. You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:
- 60 years old or older (55+ if Native American)
- A resident of Washington State
- An income below $25,142 annually or $2,096 monthly for one person; $33,874 annually or $2,823 monthly for two people; add $728 monthly for each additional person
Applications are available for a limited time. To apply, contact Debbie Haagensen at 360–370-7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Mullis Center on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. No proof of income is needed. Your vouchers will be mailed to you.
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Categories: Island Senior