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Farmers Market Grant Program- Organization

Fresh and healthy food is a vital part of our local and regional food systems. Farmers markets are providing farmers the opportunity to sell locally grown and produced foods direct to consumers.

The Compeer Financial Farmers Market Grant Program has two different grant programs: one designed to help organizations and one for farmers directly.

Grants are for organizations that desire to enhance services to consumers and vendors, benefiting all those who utilize the market.

Grants should be geared toward marketing efforts, technology advancements, vendor or market staff educational opportunities or conducting research studies. Vendor educational opportunities for direct training and technical assistance to vendors include marketing strategy, financial management, record keeping or customer service skills. Grant funds are also available for safety upgrades to the market.

Application Period

Applications are accepted from January 15 to February 28. The application will be available on this page beginning January 15. All applicants will be notified of their status four to six weeks after the application deadline.


Funding is available to farmers markets that meet the following qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a bonafide Farmers Market.* Preference will be given to markets that are not previous grant recipients.
    • At least three vendors of locally-produced agricultural products
    • Free and open to the public with posted hours of operation
    • *U-pick operations, single road-side stands and CSAs are not eligible.
  • Must be located in our 144-county territory.
  • Grants are for up to $1,000
    • Requests may be partially funded.
    • Funds are not for deficits already incurred.

Past Recipients:

Are you a vendor looking for a grant? Click here


Contact [email protected] or call (844) 426-6733.

Press Releases

$87K awarded in Farmers Market Grants

Mankato, MN - Mon Apr 17 2023

Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded Farmers Market Grants, totaling $87,103.

Press Releases

$76K Awarded in Farmers Market Grants

Mankato, MN - Tue Jan 25 2022

Compeer Financial Awards $76K in Farmers Market Grants


Compeer Financial Awards $65K in Farmers Mar…

Compeer Financial Awards $65K in Farmers Market Grants

Press Releases

Over $35k in Farmers Market Grants Awarded

Mankato, MN - Wed Jan 22 2020
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