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Compeer Financial Awards $65K in Farmers Market Grants

For Immediate Release

Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
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Compeer Financial Awards $65K in Farmers Market Grants
60 markets and 13 farmers in Ill., Minn. and Wis. received grant awards

Sun Prairie, Wis., (January 12, 2020) Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 73 Farmers Market Grants, totaling $64,970. This is the third year Compeer Financial has offered these grants.

The grants are supporting 60 farmers market organizations, with funding up to $1,000 for marketing, technology or educational efforts. Ten of those farmers markets are located in the metropolitan areas of Cook County, Ill., Hennepin County, Minn. and Milwaukee County, Wis. Three of these urban markets serve communities designated as food deserts.

“Farmers markets bring fresh, healthy foods directly to communities in an accessible way,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “Many markets have had to make changes and navigate the challenges presented during the pandemic. Through these grants, we hope to recognize the huge asset that farmers markets are to our communities – rural, suburban and urban alike.”

Grants to farmers markets will directly impact 2,118 people and impact 1.6 million people through the communities they serve. Thirteen farmer vendors also received up to $500. The Fund will offer this grant again in the fall to provide funding for 2022.

The 60 farmers markets in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving farmers market grants include:

61st Street Farmers Market
Glenview Farmer's Market at Wagner Farm
La Grange Farmers Market
Lake Zurich Farmers Market
Peoria RiverFront Market
Winnetka Farmers Market
Woodstock Farmers Market
Big Lake Farmers Market
Cannon Falls Downtown Farmers Market
City of Winnebago Farmer's Market
Franconia Sculpture Park Art and Farmers Market
Goodview Farmers Market
Grand Rapids Farmers' Market
Lake City Market by the Lake
Little Falls Farmers Market, Inc.
Maple Grove Farmers Market
Milaca Farmers Market and Boutique
Mill City Farmers Market
Neighborhood Roots (Minneapolis)
Newport Farmers Market
Rochester Farmers Market
Staples Area Farmers Market
The Little Market That Could (Prior Lake)
Baldwin's Main St. Farmers Market
Beloit Farmers' Market
Burnett County Farmers Market (Siren)
Chilton Farmers Market
Columbus Park Farmers Market (Kenosha)
Darlington Farmers Market
DeForest Farmers Market
Dodgeville Farmers Market
Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market
Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market
Elkhart Lake Farmer's and Artisan's Market
Galesville Farmer's and Artisan's Market
Greendale Downtown Market
Greenfield Farmers Market
Horicon Farmers Market
Hudson Farmers Market at Plaza 94
Janesville Farmers Market, Inc.
Kenosha HarborMarket
Lodi Valley Farmers Market
Mount Horeb Farmers Market
New Berlin Farmers Market
North Side Pop-up Farmers Market (Milwaukee)
Oconomowoc Farmers' Market
Oshkosh Saturday Farmers' Market Inc.
Platteville Farmer's Market
Roberts, WI Farmers Market
Somerset Farmers Market
Sparta Wisconsin Farmers Market
Spooner Farmers Market
Sun Prairie Famer's Market
TCC Farmers Market (Mayville)
The Camp Douglas Farmer's Market
Thiensville Village Market
Westfields Hospital and Clinic (New Richmond)
Westside Community Market (Madison)
Whitewater City Market
Winter Farmers Market (La Crosse)
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 agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement. 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 $23.7 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’s scholarship program.


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