Senior Project FRESH

The Otsego County Commission on Aging, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, MSU Extension, the Gaylord Downtown Development Authority, and the Gaylord Farmers’ Cooperative offer a program targeted at bringing fresh locally-grown produce and nutritional information to the older adults of Otsego County.

Known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH (SPF/MF), the program offers a free coupon booklet to each qualifying participant that can be used to purchase unprocessed Michigan-grown produce at any of the farmers markets or roadside stands in Michigan that display a “Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH” sign. Each coupon booklet contains ten $2.00 coupons. Each booklet is valued at $20.00.

To apply for a coupon booklet, participants must complete an application that includes a short nutrition screening. Applicants qualify based on their age, county residency, and income. To be considered, applicants must be at least 60 years of age or older and be a resident of Otsego County. Income limits are pretty generous. A single person can have an income of up to $23,828 per year (or $1,986 per month) and qualify, and couples can have up to $32,227 per year (or $2,686 per month). Those who are unable to shop for themselves may assign a proxy and should complete a proxy form. To apply, please:

Sign up is easy!  Just complete an application form  and the proxy form (if you will need a proxy to shop for you) and mail it to:

Wanda Cherwinski
Otsego County Commission on Aging
120 Grandview Blvd.
Gaylord, MI  49735

To have an application and Proxy form mailed to you, please contact Wanda Cherwinski at (989) 748-4071.

Upon verification of your qualification for the program, you will receive your coupon  booklet through the mail. You will have until October 30, 2021 to use the coupons.

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Farmers Markets in Otsego County:

Gaylord Downtown Famer’s Market
Corner of W. Main St. & S. Court Ave.
Gaylord, MI  49735
(989) 350-9680

May 29, 2021 – October 30, 2021
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

July 7, 2021 – October 13, 2021
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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SPF Coordinator Wanda Cherwinski










“Let food be thy medicine
Thy medicine shall be thy food.”
~ Hippocrates