Farm Credit East recently announced that it will be providing small grants to Northeast farmers’ markets to support their promotion and development efforts. Interested farmers’ markets must apply by May 27.
The more than 1,600 farmers' markets across the region provide Northeast producers an important channel to market and sell their products as well as connect with consumers in both rural and urban communities. Many farmers’ markets are located in urban centers providing underserved communities access to fresh food.
Farmers’ markets have remained popular through the pandemic as many consumers are thinking about where their food comes from. The grant funding is intended to assist these markets in their efforts to support participating farmers, complete market enhancements, conduct marketing efforts, and/or host programs that support disadvantaged communities or improve access to fresh, local food.
Any farmers’ market located within Farm Credit East’s eight state territory: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, is eligible to apply. Grants will be offered up to $500. Special consideration will be given to first-time applicants and markets supporting underserved communities with limited access to fresh, local food. Grant applications must be received by Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m. and applicants will be notified by June 15. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/FarmersMarket to learn more or to apply.