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, and MSU Extension 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. This year, each coupon booklet contains five $5.00 coupons. Each booklet is valued at $25.00.


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 $25,142 per year (or $2,096 per month) and qualify, and couples can have up to $33,874 per year (or $2,823 per month). Those who are unable to shop for themselves may assign a proxy and should complete a proxy form.

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
P.O. Box 430
Gaylord, MI  49734-0430

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 29, 2022 to use the coupons.

Michigan Fruits and Vegetables Availability Guide

The Pavilion Market in Gaylord

Farmers Markets in Otsego County:

The Pavilion Market
100 Court St.
(Corner of W. Main St. & S. Court Ave.)
Gaylord, MI  49735
(989) 619-8917

May 28, 2022 – October 29, 2022
9 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