AgGeorgia Farm Credit Awards $10,000 to Local Farmers Markets

AgGeorgia Farm Credit is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 AgGeorgia Farmers Market grant program. Grants in the amount of $2,000 each were distributed to five local markets throughout the cooperative’s territory for use in advertising and promotional objectives. This is the third year of the program, with the cooperative so far awarding $24,500 to help support rural Georgia markets and their vendors. 

“There were lots of great applications, which made the selection process difficult,” said Corey Cottle, AgGeorgia’s Chief Marketing Officer. “However, we were excited that the markets chosen were in very different growth stages but all had excellent plans for the funds to make an impact for each. The grants awarded this year will go towards helping a brand-new market, a market that is reopening after struggling through Covid, and three other markets that are more established but looking to expand their reach in their communities.” 

The 2023 AgGeorgia Farmers Market Grant recipients are:

  • Lyerly Farmers Market- Lyerly, Ga
  • Stable 41 Farmers Market- Fort Oglethorpe, Ga
  • Dodge County Farmers Market- Eastman, Ga
  • D&S Produce and Mercantile- Summerville, Ga
  • Cordele Farmers Market- Cordele, Ga

AgGeorgia plans to continue the program in 2024 and encourages interested markets in the association’s 79 county service area, particularly those who have applied and not yet been selected, to apply next year.