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$85K awarded in Farmers Market Grants

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Awards $85K in Farmers Market Grants

72 markets and 32 farmers in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin received grant awards


Sun Prairie, Wis., (April 23, 2024)  Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded Farmers Market Grants, totaling $85,088. This is the sixth year Compeer Financial has offered these grants.

The grants are supporting 72 farmers market organizations, with funding up to $1,000 for marketing, technology or educational efforts. Since the program debuted in 2019, these grants have directly impacted 12,463 people and touched the lives of more than nine million farmers market visitors. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to provide funding to these 72 farmers markets,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “Fresh produce should be accessible to all, and these grants help both farmers and consumers. Shopping at farmers markets supports local agriculture and provides the consumer with as fresh of produce as possible. It’s a win-win!”

The 72 farmers markets in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving grants include:


Andersonville Farmers Market (Chicago)

Aurora Farmers Market

Canton Farmers Market 

Chicago’s Green City Market Program

Eden Place Farmers Market (Chicago)

Edgebrook Farmers Market (Rockford)

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (Chicago)

Glenview Farmer's Market at Historic Wagner Farm

Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Outdoor Market

Lincoln Square Farmers Market (Chicago)

Mercado de Colores de La Villita (Chicago)

North End City Market (Rockford)

North Lawndale Community Market (Chicago)

Northcenter Farmers Market (Chicago)

Oswego Country Market

Peoria RiverFront Market

QC Farmers Market (Rock Island)

Tinley Park Farmers Market

Twin City Farmers Market (Sterling)

Woodstock Farmers Market



Albert Lea Farmers Market

Big Lake Farmers Market

Central Hillside Farmers Market (Duluth)

Civic Center Farmers' Market (Duluth)

Crystal Farmers Market

Eyota's Farmers Market

Four Sisters Farmers Market (Minneapolis)

Goodview Farmers Market

Hopkins Farmers Market

Hutchinson Farmers Market

Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Farmers Market

Lakes Area Farmers Market (Brainerd)

Little Falls Farmers Market

Luverne Farmers Market

New Prague Farmers Market

New Ulm Farmers Market

North Mankato Farmers' Market

Pipestone Farmers Market

Rochester Farmers Market

Simple Living Farmers Market (Spring Grove)

St. Joseph Farmers Market

St. Peter Farmers' Market

Two Harbors Farmers Market 

West Side Farmers Market (St. Paul)

Worthington Farmer's Market


Albany Farmers Market

Baldwin Farmers Market

Belleville WI Farmers Market

Burlington Farmers Market, Inc.

DeForest Farmers' Market

Dodgeville Farmers Market

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Ellsworth Farmers Market 

Farmers and Artisans River Market (Marshall)

Fondy Farmers Market (Milwaukee)

Galesville Farmer's & Artisan's Market

Gays Mills Farmers' Market

Horicon Farmers Market

Jackson County Farmers Market (Black River Falls)

Jackson Park Farmers Market (Milwaukee)

Main Street Monroe Farmers Market

Menomonee Falls Village Market

Meyer Oak Grove Market

Monroe Street Farmers Market (Madison)

Platteville Farmer's Market, Inc

Potosi Tennyson Market

Ridgeway Farmers Market

SCIO Farmers Market (Sheboygan)

Spring Street Market (Lodi)

The Camp Douglas Farmer's Market

Verona Downtown Farmers' Market

Washburn Farmers Market


The grants will be offered again in 2025. Beginning this year, market organizations are eligible for the grant every other year. Farmer vendors who are clients of Compeer will continue to be eligible every year, with priority given to those who have not previously received the grant. Learn more at

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 $31.9 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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