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Farm Credit Celebrates #NationalFarmersMarketWeek

Farm Credit Celebrates #NationalFarmersMarketWeek

This week Farm Credit is joining the rest of America in celebrating the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week, The growing trend of bringing farm-fresh foods directly to nearby consumers recognizes the unique opportunity for consumers to meet the farmers and ranchers responsible for raising it.

There are more than 8,500 farmers markets throughout the U.S., some year-round and others seasonal, and ranging in size from as few as five producers to nearly 100. These markets can be found in parking lots, fields, and in rural and suburban areas as well as urban centers like New York City’s Greenmarkets.

Supplying these markets are thousands of dedicated agricultural producers who offer their customers seasonal fresh produce, often varying from week to week, as well as prepared foods like jerky and jam. Calvin Riggleman, a Farm Credit customer and Marine veteran in West Virginia, got his post-military start in agriculture selling jellies and jams at local farmers markets. In California, the Marchini family raises a variety of summer and winter produce they sell at local farmers’ markets. And, the Bendele family sells their grass-fed beef products at farmers markets near their Austin, Texas ranch as well.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honoree and GreenStone Farm Credit Services customer-owner Adam Montri farms more than two acres in Michigan, selling his produce through farmers’ markets as well as other distribution channels. Not a farmer herself, fellow Fresh Perspectives honoree Aislynn Campbell founded a farmers’ market in Corpus Christi, Texas, providing more efficient access to fresh commodities between consumers and local farmers.

If you haven’t yet explored your local farmers markets and want to experience the freshness and variety they offer, find nearby locations here.