Vouchers help seniors, farmers
“Bees don't like me, and I don't like bees.”
Dorothy Bass picked out a half dozen ears of corn, tugging back the green husks to be certain the kernels were fresh and free of bugs.
With equal care, Bass, 91, selected cucumbers, peaches and nectarines, and then paid a vendor at the Pikesville Farmers' Market with cash -- and a check issued by the state.
Bass is one of hundreds of county seniors who is taking advantage of a program that helps people with limited incomes obtain fresh, local produce.
'We are supplying food to the nutritionally at-risk senior population and also promoting farmers -- everybody's happy,' said Joan Schulz, who administers the farmers' market nutrition program for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Read more
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