More Healthy Benefits for Seniors at Farmers Markets

Fresh and organic vegetables at farmers market

Summer is a great season for fresh fruits and vegetables. A hallmark of that bounty is in farmers markets throughout Mecklenburg County. In partnership with North Carolina, Mecklenburg County is participating in the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Eligible seniors can receive a $50 voucher per season to purchase produce. 

“We want to make sure our seniors are supported in getting fresh fruits and vegetables which are important to their health and well-being,” said Dr. Kimberly Scott, Mecklenburg County Assistant Health Director for Population Health. “Our role is to protect the health of our residents and caring for our seniors is a priority.”

The vouchers for seniors will be available at two specific farmers markets starting the week of June 10.

North Meck Community Farmers Market

  • 18121 Old Statesville Road in Cornelius
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Receive and redeem vouchers through the end of the market season.
  • The market will remain open through September 24th.
  • Free parking

Sign Up for SFMNP vouchers at this market on the following dates: 

  • June 12, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 31, Aug. 14, Aug. 28, Sept. 11

Uptown Farmers Market

  • 300 South Davidson Street in Charlotte
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Redeem vouchers through Sept. 30.
  • The market will remain open through December 14th.
  • Free parking

Sign Up for SFMNP vouchers at this market on the following dates:

  • June 15, June 29, July 13, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14

While the vouchers are being rolled out at two locations, seniors can use the vouchers at any certified farmers markets in the state. Vouchers will expire at the end of the summer season. Another benefit at farmers market is through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is also accepted at farmers markets. Through Public Health’s Food Security program, residents can also use their SNAP benefits to double purchases up to $50.


Mecklenburg County seniors aged 60+ with:

  • One person household income of $ 2,322/month
  • Two person household income of $3,152/month