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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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