AgSouth Farm Credit Awards $25,000 in Grant Funds to Farmers Markets - 2019

STATESBORO, GA – February 25, 2019 : AgSouth Farm Credit Marketing Director Christy Smith has released the names of the recipients of AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store® farmers market grant. The Association is distributing $25,000 in grant funds to local markets throughout AgSouth’s territory to use for advertising and promotion.

Fifty markets in AgSouth’s territory in Georgia and South Carolina will receive $500 each in funds to promote their venues.

Georgia Grant Recipients:

Decatur Farmers Market - Atlanta

Grant Park Farmers Market - Atlanta

Peachtree Rd Farmers Market - Atlanta

Appling County Farmers Market - Baxley

Cotton Mill Farmers Market - Carrollton

Fairburn Farmers Market - Fairburn

Fairgrounds Farmers Market - Griffin

Wayne County Farmers Market Inc. - Jesup

Sims Pond Farms Farm Day Market - LaGrange

Lilburn Farmers Market - Lilburn

Henry County Farmers Market - McDonough

Monroe Farmers Market - Monroe

Market on the Square - Monticello

Coweta County Farmer's Market - Newnan

Norcross Community Market - Norcross

Peachtree City Farmers Market - Peachtree City

Forsyth Farmers' Market - Savannah

Statesboro Main St Farmers Market - Statesboro

Market on Maple - Sylvania

Oconee Farmers Market - Watkinsville

WayGreen Local Fare Market - Waycross

South Carolina Grant Recipients:

Aiken County Farmers Market - Aiken

City of Barnwell Farmers Market - Barnwell

Farmers Market of Bluffton - Bluffton

Kershaw County Farmers Market - Camden

Lowcountry Street Grocery - Charleston

Clemson Farmers Market for Pickens Co. - Clemson

Clemson Sandhill Farmers Market - Columbia

Edgefield Farmers Market - Edgefield

Foothills Heritage Market - Fair Play

Fountain Inn Farmers Market - Fountain Inn

Gaffney Station Farmers Market - Gaffney

TD Saturday Market - Greenville

Toasty Farmer - Greenville

Greenwood County Farmers Market - Greenwood

Greer Farmers Market - Greer

Johnston Farmers Market - Johnston

Landrum Farmers Market - Landrum

McCormick Farmers' Market - McCormick

Monks Corner Farmers Market - Monks Corner

Downtown Orangeburg Farmers Market - Orangeburg

Palmetto Farmers Market - Pelzer

Pumpkintown Mountain Market - Pickens

Ridge Spring Farmers Market - Ridge Spring

Old Town Farmers Market - Rock Hill

Hub City Farmers Market-Magnolia - Spartanburg

Summerville Farmers Market - Summerville

Traveler's Rest Farmers Market - Travelers Rest

Colleton Museum & Farmers Market - Walterboro

Fairfield Farmers and Artisans Market - Winnsboro

According to Smith, "As part of the eligibility to receive a grant, applicants had to provide a detailed marketing plan describing how they would use the grant funds to promote the market. We received many applications with some very creative marketing plans, and it was very hard for our selection committee to choose among the many excellent applications we received."

She explained that, "Many farmers get their start selling to local markets. Our grant program was designed to support these farmers by helping to create public awareness of how choosing to shop at your local farmers market benefits not only a community’s health, but also its economy, much in the same way our own patronage program [the cooperative’s profit sharing program] benefits not only our members, but the communities we serve."

AgSouth Farm Credit provides loans for land, equipment and production agriculture; crop insurance; leasing; and home mortgages. The association is headquartered in Statesboro, Ga.

For more information about AgSouth or this announcement, please contact Marketing Director Christy Smith at 912-764-9091 or email