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Farm Credit East accepting applications to support farmers’ markets

May 18, 2020

ENFIELD, CONN. — Farm Credit East 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 in a press release May 18. “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. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/FarmersMarket to learn more or to apply.

Farm Credit East is a member-owned cooperative that extends more than $7.2 billion in loans and has 20 local offices in its seven-state service area. In addition to loans and leases, the organization also offers a full range of specialized financial services, such as tax preparation, payroll, record keeping, appraisal and consulting for farming, forest products and commercial fishing businesses. Farm Credit East is governed by a 16-member board of directors, composed of 13 customer-elected, one customer-appointed and two outside appointed directors. For more information, visit FarmCreditEast.com.

 

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