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$76K Awarded in Farmers Market Grants

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Awards $76K in Farmers Market Grants

80 markets and 24 farmers in Ill., Minn. and Wis. received grant awards


Sun Prairie, Wis., (January 27, 2022)  Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded Farmers Market Grants, totaling $88,429. This is the fourth year Compeer Financial has offered these grants.

The grants are supporting 80 farmers market organizations, with funding up to $1,000 for marketing, technology or educational efforts. 22 of those farmers markets are located in the metropolitan areas of Cook County, Ill., Hennepin County, Minn., Milwaukee County, Wis. , and Ramsey County, Minn. 

“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 3,122 people and impact 4.2 million shoppers who use the markets. 24 farmer vendors also received up to $500.The application period for 2023 funding will be in February of 2023. 

The 80 farmers markets in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving farmers market grants include:


Andersonville Farmers market (Chicago)

Beecher Farmers Market

Canton Main Street Farmer's Market

Carthage Farmer's Market

Edgebrook Farmers Market (Rockford)

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (Chicago)

Geneva French Market

Glenwood Sunday Market (Chicago)

Green City Market (Chicago)

La Grange Farmers Market

Logan Square Farmers Market (Chicago)

Mount Carroll Farmers Market

North End City Market (Rockford)

Northcenter Farmers Market (Chicago)

Portage Park Farmers Market (Chicago)

QC Farmers Market (Rock Island)

Quincy Town Center Farmer's Market

Riverside Farmers Market

Rockford City Market

Rockford Midtown Market

Stephenson County Farmers Market (Freeport)

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

The Hyde Park Farmer's Market (Chicago)

Twin City Farmers Market (Sterling)

Wicker Park Farmers Market (Chicago)

Woodstock Farmers Market NFP



Big Lake Farmers Market

Cannon Valley Farmers' Market (Faribault)

Cook Area Farmers' Market

Crystal Farmers Market

Duluth Farmers Market

East Isles Farmers Market (Minneapolis)

Franconia Art & Farmers Market (Shafer)

Goodview Farmers Market

Grand Rapids Farmers' Market

Hibbing Farmers Market

Hopkins Farmers Market

Little Canada Farmers Market

Little Falls Farmers Market, Inc.

Maple Grove Farmers Market

Mill City Farmers Market (Minneapolis)

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Neighborhood Roots (Minneapolis)

North Mankato Farmers Market

Riverside Farmers Market (Jackson)

Rochester Farmers Market

Saint Cloud Area Farmers Market

Saint Paul Farmers' Market

St. Peter Farmer's Market

The Little Market That Could (Prior Lake)

Two Harbors Farmers Market

Winona Farmers Market



Amery Farmers Markets

Beloit Farmers' Market

Burlington Farmers Market Inc.

Dane County Farmers' Market (Madison)

DeForest Farmers Market

Eau Claire County Government Center Farmers' Market

Ellsworth Farmers Market

Greenfield Farmers Market

Horicon Farmers Market

Hudson Farmers Market @ Plaza 94

Hwy 11 Outdoor Market (Sturtevant)

Jackson County Farmers Market (Black River Falls)

Kenosha HarobrMarket

Market At The Park (Pigeon Falls)

Menomonie Farmer's Market

Meyer Oak Grove Market (Sauk City)

Mount Horeb Farmers Market

North Side Pop-up Farmers Market (Milwaukee)

Northside Farmers Market (Madison)

Ridgeway Farmers Market

River Falls Farmers Market

Saturdays on the Square (Elkhorn)

Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization

Somerset Farmers Market

Spooner Farmers Market

Sun Prairie Farmers Market

The Market at Town Square (Green Lake)

Westfields Hospital & Clinic (New Richmond)


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 $25.4 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’s scholarship program.



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