The Shreveport Farmers’ Market is encouraging supporters to cast their vote in the 14th Annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration, presented by American Farmland Trust and Farmers Market Coalition. Between June 20 – September 19, 2022, visit markets.farmland.org, find the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, and vote to put it in the running for national recognition and cash prizes.
In 2022, the Celebration will award a record $10,000 in total cash awards to the top five markets in America–$5,000 for first, $2,500 for second, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth, and $250 for fifth. These funds will be awarded to markets for marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.
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 14 consecutive years, elevating the increasingly essential role farmers markets play in providing communities with access to fresh, locally grown food and connecting farmers directly with their customers. In 2021, the Farmers Market Coalition joined the Celebration as a new partner and co-sponsor of the event.
“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. “At AFT, we believe that every farmers market in America is special in its own way, helping to connect farmers to customers, and customers to local, healthy food.”
“The Red River Revel is extremely proud to bring back the Shreveport Farmers’ Market for the 36th consecutive year,” said Market Manager, Emerie Eck Gentry. “With over 75 vendors, live music, cooking demonstrations and special events, the Shreveport Farmers’ Market is the place to shop and socialize every weekend during the summer! In addition, we provide our customers with an opportunity to use their Louisiana Purchase or SNAP benefits with a match program from Louisiana Healthcare Connections. SNAP users receive up to $20.00 in matching benefits, which they can shop with at the market. This puts more fresh and homemade goods in their hands and pantries, along with making a bigger financial impact with the farmers and vendors.”
To learn more and participate, visit markets.farmland.org today. The Celebration will run during the summer season and end promptly at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 19, 2022.