Cold, rainy weather kept both vendors and customers away for the opening day of the Noelridge Farmer’s Market on Monday, May 1, 2017. (Beau Bowman/KCRG-TV9)

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provides eligible Iowans with checks to get fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through October 31, 2017.

Northey said Iowa-grown fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at farmers markets across the state.

“The Famers Market Nutrition Programs are designed to give WIC participants and low-income seniors better access to these fresh and nutritious foods,” Northey said.