Maine Senior Farmshare: For Seniors

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Participating seniors receive a share (worth $50) of first-quality, fresh, local produce at no cost from a Maine Senior FarmShare Program authorized farm during the growing season.

How and When to Sign Up

  • Choose a farm and sign up
    • Sign-up begins each year in April. The number of available senior shares is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
    • You may only sign up with one farm per year.
    • Once the farm you chose has produce available you can begin shopping!
  • Find Authorized Farms
  • Things to consider when choosing a farm:
    • Does the farm grow fruits and vegetables that you like?
    • Is the farmer close to you and easy for you to
      get to?
    • Does the farmer deliver, or do you pick up?
    • Can you shop and your produce or does the farmer prepackage produce for you?
  • REMINDER: If you participated in the program during a prior year, you are NOT automatically signed up the next year. You must contact the farm and sign up every year.
  • You are not officially signed up until you complete and sign a Senior FarmShare Agreement Form with an authorized farm.
  • It is the senior's responsibility to contact an authorized farm to sign up for participation in the program.

The total number of seniors who qualify for Maine Senior FarmShare Program each year significantly outnumbers the number of FarmShares available in the program. Seniors will be put on a waiting list if the farm they have chosen has filled all their Senior FarmShares.

Eligibility Guidelines

Please understand that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee you a Senior FarmShare.

To participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program you must:

  • Be a Maine resident
  • Be 60 years old or older (55 years old or older for Native Americans)
  • Meet the 2021 Income Guidelines:
    • Income eligibility guidelines are effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
    • Maximum of $23,606/per year for a one-person household; or
    • Maximum of $31,894/per year for a two-person household

Eligibility guidelines are updated annually, if you need assistance determining your eligibility you can:

  • Call the Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.
  • Call the Maine Senior FarmShare Program at (207) 446-5550.
  • Email SeniorFarmShare.AGR@maine.gov

Recipes and Resources

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 LogoFarm 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 or contact Abby at Maine Farmland Trust by email at abby@mainefarmlandtrust.org or call (207) 338-6575.

  • Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine 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.

  • Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine 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 mainesnap-ed@une.edu 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:

Recipes

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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (PDF)