Farm Credit East Announces Support for Farmers’ Markets During National Farmers’ Market Week
August 4, 2019
In honor of National Farmers’ Market Week, Farm Credit East recently contributed $25,000 in small grants to 86 farmers’ markets across the Northeast. Farm Credit East recognizes that farmers’ markets are an important channel for many of the region’s producers to distribute farm fresh produce to both rural and urban consumers, especially in the summer months when fresh produce is in season.
The recipient farmers’ markets will use grant funding to support participating farmers, complete market enhancements or to support marketing efforts. Many markets will also use funds to improve access to fresh, local food for those in underserved communities via programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, taking place August 4-10, Farm Credit East encourages everyone to show their support of agricultural businesses by buying produce from local farmers’ markets and roadside stands.
For a list of resources to find locations in your area, visit Farm Credit East’s Farm Fresh Guide at FarmCreditEast.com/FarmFreshGuide. The guide covers Farm Credit East’s seven-state territory of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
More than 40 farmers’ markets throughout New England were awarded grant funding. One recipient was the Northampton Farmers’ Market in Northampton, Mass., which used their grant to support enhanced marketing and promotion efforts to attract more customers to the Saturday market. Pictured here is Bob Wigmore, loan officer in Farm Credit East’s Enfield, Conn. office, awarding the grant.
Jason Hart, loan officer in Farm Credit East’s Flemington, NJ, office, awards the Metuchen Farmers’ Market in Metuchen, NJ, with their grant. Funds supported the creation of two large banners to promote the Saturday markets.
More than 40 farmers’ markets throughout New York were awarded grant funding. One recipient was the Clarence Hollow Farmers’ Market in Clarence, NY. This market used their grant to support the market’s “Farmer Brown” program, which encourages youth participation in the weekly market. Pictured here is Anna Smith, loan officer in Farm Credit East’s Batavia, NY, office, awarding the grant.
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Contact: Kristie Matuszewski