Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Schwartz falls short

More Fruits and Vegetables for Seniors: Low-income seniors will find it a little easier to buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and cut herbs starting in May thanks to California’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The California Department of Food and Agriculture teams up with California’s 33 Area Agencies on Aging to distribute check booklets to eligible seniors who will receive one booklet per year. Each booklet consists of 10 checks worth $2 each to be redeemed at certified farmers’ markets. Checks may be used to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and cut herbs. Seniors interested in participating in the program can find their local Area Agency on Aging (listed by county) by contacting CDFA’s Federal Funds Management Office via email at, or via phone at (916) 657-3231. The list and other information about the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program are also available online at

i don't mean to be negative. I really don't but come on. Really?! $20 in $2 coupons a year for elderly people (who qualify) to get some fresh produce at local markets? Have you ever spent $2 at a farmers market? I'll tell you what you can buy for $2; 1 bunch parsley and 1 bunch chives. You can buy 1/2 a head of lettuce. You can buy about 10 mushrooms. You can buy 2 or 3 carrots or 1 loose beet. And though they put honey on the list I've never seen honey priced so low. Maybe a honey stick? It's paltry and insulting.

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