Please read below for the most commonly asked questions about the Senior Farmers Market program in Fairfax and Loudoun County.

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HOW DO I APPLY?

WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT MY APPLICATION STATUS?

I WAS APPROVED. WHEN DO I GET MY CHECKS?

HOW MANY CHECKS DO I GET?

WHERE CAN I SPEND MY CHECKS AND WHAT CAN I BUY?

DO MY CHECKS EXPIRE?

CAN I GET CHANGE FOR MY CHECKS?

CAN SOMEONE ELSE SHOP FOR ME?

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FARMER(S) I CAN SHOP WITH?

WHY DID I RECEIVE A NOTICE THAT I’M NOT ELIGIBLE?

WHY DID I RECEIVE A NOTICE THAT I’M NOT IN THE PROGRAM?

I LOST MY CHECK BOOKLET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you want to participate, you must submit one (1) application per household based on which County you live in. Loudoun and Fairfax County residents can visit the Apply webpage to find and complete the Senior Farmers Market program application.

Please keep in mind that submitting an application doesn’t automatically guarantee you will be enrolled. This is the first step of the enrollment process. Check booklets are limited and distributed on a first come, first-served basis to approved participants.

WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT MY APPLICATION STATUS?

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2023. The review process happens continuously from now through the end of September.

Applicants can generally expect to receive a status update in 2-3 weeks after their application is submitted. Please note that this is an estimated timeframe and your actual notification may take less or more time. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

I WAS APPROVED. WHEN DO I GET MY CHECKS?

Your checks will be mailed to you within 10 days of your being notified of your approval via text, phone call, and/or email. If you only requested communication by mail, you will receive your approval letter and check booklet(s) in one mailing.

HOW MANY CHECKS DO I GET?

Each approved participant gets their own check booklet that has ten (10) $5 checks.

WHERE CAN I SPEND MY CHECKS AND WHAT CAN I BUY?

Check out the Locations or the 2023 Market Guide to see the farmers markets where you can spend your checks on fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs.

Remember, you have to apply to the program based on what County you live in, but you can spend your checks at any participating farmers market regardless of where you live or where the market is located.

DO MY CHECKS EXPIRE?

Checks can be spent starting as soon as you receive them and are good to be spent through the end of November 2023.

CAN I GET CHANGE FOR MY CHECKS?

Per state guidelines, change cannot be given if the entire $5 is not used.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE SHOP FOR ME?

Yes! You should have listed in your application the name of the person that would do your shopping for you. If you didn’t do that, you can email va-senior@freshfarm.org or text 1-833-412-4863 to name the person who will do your shopping for you.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FARMER(S) I CAN SHOP WITH?

Look for farmers displaying the light blue Farm Market Fresh authorized farmer poster:


WHY DID I RECEIVE A NOTICE THAT I’M NOT ELIGIBLE?

Only people who are 60 years of age or older AND whose monthly income is at or less than $2,248 (for one person in a household) or $3,040 (for two people sharing a household) are eligible to participate in the program. This does not include income of your adult children.

WHY DID I RECEIVE A NOTICE THAT I’M NOT IN THE PROGRAM?

Unfortunately, each County receives a limited number of checks which are distributed on a first come, first-served basis. This means the program may hit its maximum participant limit even though there are more folks who could use and would qualify for the program.

We understand this can be stressful for community members. Please contact va-senior@freshfarm.org if you want to receive information about other food access programs that may be helpful to you.

Have questions? Contact the Senior Farmers Market program team for support by emailing va-senior@freshfarm.org, texting 1-833-412-4863 or leaving a voicemail at 855-827-3667.

I LOST MY CHECK BOOKLET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Due to the USDA’s federal program regulations, program operators like FRESHFARM are not allowed to replace lost check booklets. Please do your best to keep and spend your checks throughout the season. If lost, that will be the only check booklet that we are allowed to send to any individual participant for the current season.