Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for August 2018






Farmer’s Market Coupons are available at the Mansfield Council On Aging for income eligible adults age 60 and older. Each eligible individual will be awarded $25 worth of coupons to be used at local USDA Farmer’s Markets. Coupons may be used on fresh fruits and vegetables and raw honey sold at USDA approved Farmer’s Markets. To determine if you are eligible, please call the COA and speak with Outreach Workers Lynette or Rose at 508-261-7368. Coupons are available for distribution on a first come first served basis. return to menu

Summer is here and so are the Farmers Markets! Enjoy the fresh produce that is locally grown, ripe and delicious. Try this recipe with farm fresh ingredients this summer.

Japanese Cucumber Salad From: Eating Well Magazine, June/July 2005
This Japanese-inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple.

    Ingredients: (4 servings)
    2 medium cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber
    ¼ cup rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon sugar
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Preparation: Peel cucumbers to leave alternating green stripes. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Using a food processor or sharp knife, cut into very thin slices. Place in a double layer of paper towel and squeeze gently to remove any excess moisture. Combine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring to dissolve. Add the cucumbers and sesame seeds; toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Nutrition information: Serving size: about 1 cup, Per serving: 46 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat); 1g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates;1 g protein; 14 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 72 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 14 mg calcium; 7 mg iron; 147 mg sodium; 137 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Iron (39% daily value) Carbohydrate Servings: ½ Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fat

For more information on local Farmers Markets, please call Bristol Elder Services Nutrition Department at (508) 324-4619. return to menu


HIP aims to promote healthy food access for SNAP recipients by reducing barriers and increasing the availability of locally grown fruits and vegetables. People receiving SNAP benefits may use their EBT cards at USDA Farm Stands or Farmer’s Markets who are HIP retailers to purchase fresh produce.

Each dollar you spend on fruits and vegetables you will receive a $1, up to a maximum of $40 a month. For example a family using SNAP benefits to buy $20 of fresh produce at a farmers’ market, is credited $20 to their EBT card. HIP matches SNAP customer’s purchases of local fruits and vegetables only at participating farmers’ market vendor stalls, farm stands, mobile markets and CSAs with customers receiving an instant, dollar-for-dollar match credited to their EBT card through specially programmed SNAP systems, e.g. EBT terminals. You must have a SNAP balance to earn the HIP incentive benefits.

MassGrown Map of Farm Stands and Farms’ Markets within 10 miles:

• Agawam Farm– 70 Anawan Street, Rehoboth

• Attleboro Farmers’ Market– 201 County Street-Capron Park

• Easton Farmer’s Market– 3 Barrows Street-Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Easton

• Langwater Farm Stand—209 Washington St., North Easton

• Norfolk Farmers'’ Market– 139 Main St.-Town Common, Norfolk

• Oakdale Farm at La Salette Shrine– 947 Park Street, Attleboro

• Sharon/Crescent Ridge Farmers’ Market– 355 Bay Road-Crescent Ridge Dairy, Sharon

• Souza Family Farm-33 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth

• Second Nature Farm- 39 Burt St, Norton
Your receipt will show you the amount of SNAP dollars you earned after each HIP purchase. You can call the EBT customer service number at 1-800-997-2555 to find out the HIP balance you earned that month.

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The Real Estate Tax Work-Off Program enables adults age 60 and older to work in positions within a town department, including the public schools, in exchange for a real estate tax credit up to $750.00. Applications for returning participants will be taken starting on Wednesday, August 1st.Those who are eligible to participate in the Tax Work-Off Program must be:

• Age 60 and over; not working; own a home in Mansfield and be listed on the tax bill and present a clear and clean CORI (Criminal Offender Record).

Applicants work a maximum of 68.18 hours for the $750.00 credit for the program year. Jobs are limited and there is no guarantee that you will be placed in the program. May be made by calling the COA at 508-261-7368. For more information, please call the above phone number. Applications are limited. return to menu

Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors! Regrettably, the sun’s, UV rays and heat brings a few risks, especially for older adults. Luckily there are precautionary steps people can take to enjoy the sun and stay safe during the summer months. Here is a list of a few summer safety tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Remember by the time your body is thirsty you are already dehydrated. For older adults, the feeling of thirst decreases with age. It is recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses a day.

  • Pick the right outfit with accessories: It’s important to be mindful when selecting clothing that helps protect your skin from sun. For example, you should wear loose, lightweight clothing, which allows your skin to breathe. Wide brimmed hats are a great way to keep the sun off of your face and neck. Sunglasses are for best eye protection they block UVA and UVB rays. They can aid in reducing the cumulative effect of damage linked to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

  • Be an early bird or night owl: Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, try to limit your outdoor activity to the morning and the evening, when the temperature is lower and the sun is less intense.

  • Watch for heat stroke: Signs of heat stroke, in older adults include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, nausea, and a rapid pulse. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Wear sunscreen: Sunscreen is a major element to preventing sunburns. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Be sure to apply it about 15-30 minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently. For more information on the benefits and facts on sunscreen, check out an article published by the EPA.
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