It's National Farmers' Market Week!! Woot woot!
To celebrate, we're sharing some of the impacts that Countryside Farmers' Markets have. (Who loves data?!?! 🙋🙋🙋)
Farmers' markets are an economic engine!
Farmers see only 15% of your food dollars through traditional wholesale/resale retailers. At markets, they see 100%. For the $519,478 spent with farmers in 2018, that's a difference of $441,556!
Spending your food dollars *directly* with producers - through markets, CSAs and other models - has a significant impact on their financial viability.
We are so proud of the economic impact that our markets have, but believe it can and should be more! Will you join us in spending your food dollars supporting regional farmers and their commitment to growing you the most delicious and nutritious food, in the most planet and people ways.
Countryside's mission is to connect people, food, and land. When we say "people", we mean ALL people. One of the most important aspects of our farmers'
markets is our Food Access programs.
All of our markets accept SNAP (formerly food stamps) and offer Produce Perks, a nutrition incentive that matches SNAP dollar for dollar (up to $20) for the purchase of fresh, Ohio-grown, fruits and vegetables. (Click here to learn more: https://bit.ly/2ENl8oP)
Enormous thank yous to our partners and funders • Produce Perks Midwest, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Health, Huntington Akron Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, PNC FOUNDATION, Smucker's, Summit County Public Health (Creating Healthy Communities), County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro (Department of Jobs and Family Services)
The United States loses 1 acre of farmland every minute. The future health, environmental, and economic implications of this are huge.
To preserve farmland • specifically, healthy diversified farmland • we need to support farmers!
These are just data based impacts. There are so many intangible and unmeasurable ways that farmers' markets are contributing to and improving the lives of individuals - their physical, mental, and social health, communities, the environment, and our economy.