1st Farm Credit Services has donated $4,000 to community groups to support the local foods movement and farmers markets.
A total of 19 donations have been made to groups involved with supporting farmers markets in the 1st Farm Credit Services territory.
"We wanted to show support for the local growers who are providing fresh foods to members of their community, and help support groups that are focused on the sale of local foods," explains Terry L. Hinds, senior vice president of business lending and corporate relations. "These farmers are making a difference in their communities."
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois is ranked third in the nation for the number of farmers markets. Farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient and healthy products, while giving farmers a place to sell their goods and reach various consumers.
Donations have been made to:
- Bureau County Farmers Market, Princeton
- DeKalb Farmers Market, DeKalb
- Downtown Bloomington Association, Bloomington
- Dwight Main Street, Dwight
- Geneseo Farmers Market, Geneseo
- Kankakee Farmers Market, Kankakee
- Locally Grown Farmers Market, Quincy
- Main Street Farmers Market, Aledo
- Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Monmouth
- Morrison Farmers Market, Morrison
- Oregon Park District Farmers Market, Oregon
- Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa
- Peoria Riverfront Market, Peoria
- Quincy Farmers Market, Quincy
- Sycamore Farmers Market, Sycamore
- Twin City Market, Sterling
- University of Illinois Extension- Farmers Market, Freeport
- Washington Square Farmers Market, Washington
- Western Illinois Regional Council, Macomb
"As consumers continue to look for local, fresh foods, farmers' markets are providing farmers a place to sell their goods," Hinds adds. "Along with supporting a place for sales, these farmers are playing a critical role in connecting with consumers and putting a face to Illinois Agriculture."
Source: 1st Farm Credit Services