ENFIELD, Conn. — 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 June 8.
“Given the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are thinking about where their food comes from,” said Farm Credit East CEO Mike Reynolds. “Selling through farmers’ markets in the wake of the pandemic has its challenges, so we feel it is important to provide support for these important market outlets and the farmers who use them.”
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. 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 territory is eligible to apply. Grants will be offered up to $1,000. 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 Monday, June 8 and applicants will be notified by June 15. Visitto learn more or to apply.
–Dallas Kriebel, Farm Credit East