Elderly farmers upset by farmer's market policy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Elderly farmers upset by farmer's market policy

(WMC-TV) - Protest lines went up Tuesday morning around a program designed to help seniors buy and sell produce.

Outside the offices of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Center, protesters led by the Commission on Religion and Racism waved signs blasting several members of the program's administrative staff and calling for their resignation.

"They won't let me sell my stuff," Celesta Saulsberry said.

Saulsberry claims she was kicked out of the program over what she described as a misunderstanding with a member of the administrative staff.

"I want to know who got my money," she said. "Where did it go?"

Elderly farmers who grow fresh produce apply for the program and, if approved, can sell their produce at farmer's markets to seniors whose income level and age meet the guidelines.

Everything works on the voucher system, with the farmers ultimately turning the vouchers back into the state for cash reimbursement.

However, protesters like Andre Mathews complained that while more than 85 elderly farmers have applied for the program, only 10 have been allowed to participate this year.

While the protesters were making their Tuesday, a woman came outside the program's headquarters and took pictures. She also took the phone number of an Action News 5 reporter, and said she would give it to a program administrator.

We are still waiting for a response.

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