Aging Program Farmers Market

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Our Aging Program contibutes to encouraging seniors to eat healthy by offering farmers market events annually. For more information about the Farmers Markets and upcoming dates, contact the Aging Program at 770-603-4050.

Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can lower the risk of and prevent a number of seious illnesses and health problems such as cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. It is being siad that many of today’s illnesses are related to our diets and can be prevented if people took better care of themselves and paid attention to what they ate. To assist the seniors of Clayton County in eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, the Senior Services Aging Division holds several farmers markets at our centers for participants.

The markets were created to encourage seniors to eat healthier by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. Additionally, the farmers markets serve as a social component for seniors providing them with the opportunity to shop for fresh Georgia produce in a friendly, secure and familiar open-air market setting with other seniors.

Each year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) provides twenty dollar vouchers for seniors meeting certain requirements to spend at the farmers market at any location. Participants can use the vouchers and/or cash to shop with local farmers for cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and more.

Markets are held each year at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, J Charley Griswell Senior Center, Clayton Senior Adult Center, and the Kinship Care Resource Center (Shelnutt Intergenerational Center). In addition to serving seniors at the various centers, the program’s homebound Meals On Wheels clients are also provided with fresh produce. MOW drivers packs up bags of fruits and vegetables and delivers them to their clients along with their daily nutritious meal. This year, the Aging Division served over 500 Clayton County seniors with the help of the Senior Services staff of other divisions. Watch out for the next farmers market coming soon.