ENFIELD, Conn. — In conjunction with National Farmers’ Market Week, Farm Credit East is announcing its recent awarding of $30,250 in small grants to 100 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.
The recipient farmers’ markets will use grant funds to support participating farmers, complete market enhancements or to support marketing efforts. Some markets will use their funds to implement new safety protocols for coronavirus precautions. Additionally, many markets will use funds to improve access to fresh, local food for those in underserved communities by enhancing benefits from programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, taking place August 2-8, 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/
–Farm Credit East