Four farmers markets are open for business in Delaware County, and each accepts vouchers from the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County.

Four farmers markets are open for business in Delaware County, and each accepts vouchers from the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County.

The markets are:

Delaware County Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware.

Main Street Delaware, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through October, on Sandusky Street between William Street and Central Avenue, Delaware.

Powell Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through September, in the municipal building parking lot, 47 Hall St., Powell.

Sunbury Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, through October, on the village square, 51 E. Cherry St., Sunbury.

Goods available include fresh produce, baked goods and crafts.

The Council for Older Adults provides up to $60 worth of vouchers for residents ages 60 and older who apply for them.

"There is an income specification, but we do not make them prove it," said Donna Meyer, associate director of communications for the council.

The vouchers can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, baked goods, honey and food-bearing plants.

The program has several benefits, Meyer said.

"We're able to encourage older adults to eat healthy," she said. "Especially in this economy when (they're) trying to stretch their food budget, this helps them to do that. It's a good outreach opportunity for us. And one of the best benefits is that the vendors of the farmers markets have seen a lot more business, which was not the goal of the program, but we thought (that) would happen."

Funds for the program come from the council's property tax levy.

The council allocates $60,000 each year for the program, which continues through Oct. 31 or until funds run out.

For information on the vouchers, visit www.growingolder.org or call (740) 363-6677. Senior citizens also may visit the council's booth at the farmers market.

Meyer said that arrangements can be made for caregivers to use the vouchers, making purchases for seniors.