Shreveport Farmers’ Market is encouraging supporters to participate in American Farmland Trust’s 12th annual Farmers Market Celebration, which runs until September 20, 2020. Shoppers are encouraged to come to the market Saturdays from 8am to 1pm and then visit markets.farmland.org, where they can endorse the market, putting it in the running for national recognition and cash prizes.
American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land, has run the Celebration for 12 consecutive years, elevating the essential role farmers markets play in helping communities access local food and helping farmers connect directly with customers.
“In many regions, especially during these unprecedented times, farmers markets have been vital to keeping existing farms in business and enabling new farms to get started,” said John Piotti, American Farmland Trust president and CEO. “During the coronavirus pandemic, farmers markets have served as essential businesses, helping to connect farmers to customers, and customers to local, healthy food.”
In 2020 it has become clear: America’s farmers markets are more important than ever. The Shreveport Farmers’ Market has adjusted the layout to provide more space for vendors and patrons. We made hand sanitizing stations to ensure our vendors and patrons have a place to “get a squirt” of sanitizer. We have seen a 300% increase in SNAP benefit usage. The Shreveport Farmers’ Market is providing an essential community service every week to our great community!
To recognize the vital role farmers markets are playing this year, AFT will, in addition to recognizing top markets by region, offer cash prizes for the markets that finish in the top three of the “People’s Choice” category— $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third. These funds will be awarded to markets for marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.
To learn more and vote for the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, please visit markets.farmland.org today! Shreveport Farmers’ Market is currently in the TOP 10 in the competition and need YOUR help to win. The Celebration will run during the summer season and end Sept. 20, 2020.