USDA Agricultural Marketing Service recently announced that $76.9 million is available for Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs (FMLFPP). Projects under the Farmers Market Promotion Program support direct-to-consumer markets like farmers markets and CSAs. Projects under the Local Food Promotion Program supports indirect-to-consumer markets like food hubs and value-added product incubators. Applications are due by June 21, 2021.
Here are two examples of past grant recipients:
- FMPP funds supported the Community Farmers Market, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, increasing market sales at the Fresh MARTA Markets through educational events, a best practices manual and other partnerships. The semi-permanent farm stands are located at Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) stations taking advantage of high traffic locations.
- With a LFPP grant, the National Center for Frontier Communities in Silver City, NM is creating a year-round, aggregated CSA that will expand the market opportunities currently available to producers selling to the food hub.
- For more examples and inspiration, check out Seeds of Success: Digging into the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program
Learn more at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants