PRINCETON – 1st Farm Credit Services has donated $250 to the Bureau County Farmers’ Market to support the local foods movement.
The donation is part of a larger $4,000 total donation to groups involved with supporting farmer’s markets in the 1st Farm Credit Services territory.
“We wanted to show support for the local growers who are providing fresh foods to members of their community, and help support groups that are focused on the sale of local foods,” said Terry L. Hinds, senior vice president of business lending and corporate relations. “These farmers are making a difference in their communities.”
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois is ranked third in the nation for the number of farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient and healthy products, while giving farmers a place to sell their goods and reach various consumers.
“As consumers continue to look for local, fresh foods, farmers’ markets are providing farmers a place to sell their goods,” Hinds said. “Along with supporting a place for sales, these farmers are playing a critical role in connecting with consumers and putting a face to Illinois agriculture.”