Support Local and Fresh

Across the plains and rural towns in the U.S., you will find citizens who live a simple life and find passion in the hard work they put into their agricultural land. Over the years, farmers have come across hard times with seasonal weather, technological advances, and economic challenges. During the summer, however, farmers have rain, warm temperatures, and an impending harvest to look forward to. It is our local producers who not only provide fresh ingredients to citizens but also economic growth in the local communities.

In fact, America’s farmers provide millions of citizens with the nutrition they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Many citizens, between the spring and fall, enjoy visiting farmers’ markets in their local community or even when they travel someplace new.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a list of local farmers’ markets called The Farmers' Market Directory. This list specifically mentions markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural goods directly to customers at a recurring location. USDA has shown to be dedicated to promoting agricultural growth, especially in the regional food systems in order to offer widespread access to healthy food options. These farmers’ market listings include market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more to ensure simplicity for every citizen. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides coupons for low-income senior citizens that can be exchanged for eligible foods.

Benefits.gov also offers benefit information in support of regional producers and their farms. If eligible, farmers can apply for Crop Insurance or a Farm Storage Facility Loan, which can help with the financial burdens of running a farm. In addition, the Farmer’s Tax Guide is a specific program designed to offer a tax credit to certain farm owners.

Visit the USDA Local Food Directories page to find more information on locally grown product offerings, agricultural grants, and ways to sign-up as a local vendor. Farmers are consistently known as the backbone of America, and we are happy to provide convenient access to the local citizens and producers in need.

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