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Over $35k in Farmers Market Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release

Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
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Compeer Financial Awards over $35K in Farmers Market Grants
38 Grants Awarded to Farmers and Farmers Markets in IL, MN and WI

Sun Prairie, Wis., (January 22, 2020) Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 38 Farmers Market Grants, totaling $35,500. This is the second year that Farmers Market Grants have been offered by Compeer Financial.

The grants are supporting 33 farmers market organizations, with funding up to $1,000 for marketing, technology or educational efforts. Five farmer vendors received up to $500. These grants will directly impact the lives of approximately 1,000 people. The Fund will offer this grant again in the fall to provide funding for 2021.
“Through the Farmers Market Grants, we want to recognize the asset that Farmers Markets are to their communities,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “Farmers markets help make fresh, healthy foods available in a way that is accessible and direct for consumers, which is a major contribution to the communities Compeer serves.”

The 33 farmers markets in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving Farmers Market Grants include:

61st Street Farmers Market
Andersonville Farmers Market
Carthage Farmers Market
Evanston’s Community Indoor Farmers’ Market
La Grange Farmers Market
Lanark Farmers Market
Logan Square Farmers Market
Macomb Farmers Market
Quincy Mall Farmers Market
RLA Chamber Farmers Market
Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc.
Twin City Farmers Market
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Woodstock Farmers Market

Aitkin Farmers Market
Artisan Plaza Farmers Market
Chisago City Farmers Market
City of Elk River Farmers Market
Goodview Farmers Market
Grand Rapids Farmers Market
Lanesboro Farmers Market
Mankato Farmers Market
Red Wing Area Farmers Market
Virginia Market Square Farmers Market
Wabasha Farmers Market
Winona Farmers Market

Ellsworth Farmers Market
MADWest Winter Farmers Market
Madison Eastside Farmers Market
Menomonie Farmers Market
Prairie Street Farmers market
Sauk Prairie Farmers Market
Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization Farmers Market

About the Fund for Rural America
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development and community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at
About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.4 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.
Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.


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