Maine Senior FarmShare: For Seniors
Maine Senior FarmShare (MSFP) provides income-eligible older adults the opportunity to receive share (worth $50) of local produce at no cost from Maine farmers during the growing season.
To take part in MSFP, you must:
- Be a Maine resident
- Be 60 years old or older (55 years old or older for Native Americans)
- Meet the 2022 Income Guidelines, with a gross income at or below:
- $25,142/per year for a one-person household; or
- $33,874/per year for a two-person household
- Participants receive $50 worth of local produce from a MSFP authorized farm.
- Each farm operates MSFP in its own way. Be sure to ask how it works when you sign up!
- Shares are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be put on a waiting list if your preferred farm is full.
Over 100 farms in Maine are authorized to participate in MSFP. They are distributed across all 16 counties. Find a farm in your county (All PDF files): Androscoggin / Aroostook / Cumberland / Franklin / Hancock / Kennebec / Knox / Lincoln / Oxford / Penobscot / Piscataquis / Sagadahoc / Somerset / Waldo / Washington / York
Sign-up begins each year in April. Once your farm has produce available, you can begin shopping! Be sure to note when your farm closes for the season so you can use your full share.
To sign up, call the farm directly each year. It is the your responsibility to contact an authorized farm to sign up for the program. You will not be automatically re-enrolled the following year. You may only sign up with one farm per year.
If you need help determining your eligibility or finding a farm, contact:
- Your Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.
- Maine Senior FarmShare Program at (207) 287-3491 or SeniorFarmShare.AGR@maine.gov
All seniors that qualify for the Maine Senior FarmShare Program may also be eligible to participate in additional programs! Click on the links for more information about each program.
- Farm Fresh Rewards - Double your SNAP dollars! Farm Fresh Rewards provides bonus local fruits and vegetables to anyone buying local products with SNAP/EBT at participating stores. Visit farmfreshrewards.org for more information and to find a store near you. Contact FarmFreshRewards@gsfb.org with questions.
- Maine Harvest Bucks - Double your SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps at farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSA’s with Maine Harvest Bucks. Maine Harvest Bucks are known as “nutrition incentives,” which increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars (SNAP/EBT) spent at participating markets. For every dollar you spend with your SNAP/EBT card at a market, you’ll receive an extra “buck” in Maine Harvest Bucks to be spent on fruits and vegetables. Maine Harvest Bucks can be spent that day or saved for later in the month or year when you want to spend them! For more information email SNAP@mffm.org or call (207) 370-1524.
- Maine SNAP-Ed - Helps you shop, cook and eat healthy on a budget. Making the most of your food budget is a challenge – but with some simple tips, they can help you feed your family healthy foods and save money! For more information, e-mail Maine SNAP-Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-221-4560
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service
- UMaine Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
You may also qualify for other benefits. For more information:
- Contact the Area Agency on Aging by calling 1-877-353-3771; TTY user call Maine Relay 711
- Do a self-assessment test online.
The benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are plentiful! For specific information on the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables and for recipes click on the links below.
From the Farmers
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (PDF)