ENFIELD, CONN. — In conjunction with National Farmers’ Market Week, Farm Credit East is announcing its recent awarding of $100,000 in small grants to 184 farmers’ markets and farmers’ market organizations 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.
The recipient farmers’ markets will use grant funds to support marketing efforts, complete market enhancements or to support participating farmers. Additionally, many markets will use funds to improve access to fresh, local food for those in underserved communities and programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, taking place August 6-12, 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 eight-state territory of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.