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You recently helped us raise enough funds to save the farmers’ markets this season. Now we're turning our focus to the future of the farmers’ markets. This Giving Tuesday, we've set a goal to raise $2,500 to help jumpstart the 2023 Howe Meadow farmers' market and secure a strong start to the season for the vendors.
Local food and farms are a necessary part of the health of our community and local economy, and your support is the only way the market can go on. Please donate on Giving Tuesday to fund the operational costs of the farmers’ market in 2023 so our farmers and small business owners have a place to provide local food to this community.
When people like you care about local food, farms, and land, we keep farmers and small business owners operating so they keep growing and making sustainably grown food and food products. That means local food can continue to be a part of the community and accessible to everyone. Plus, you will protect access to nutrition assistance programs like those that served over 500 individuals at the Howe Meadow farmers' market last season alone.
This year, the Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow welcomed an average of 1,605 customers per week supporting 75 vendors. Those are tremendous numbers for a farmers' market and it clearly shows how much you value and want to support local, nutritious foods, farmers, and small businesses.
You know farmers’ markets represent more than just a fun thing to do on the weekend. Without you the future of your local food system, farmers, and the farmers’ markets are in danger. Making a donation this Giving Tuesday will not only be an investment in the future of Countryside Farmers' Market, but a message that local food systems and sustainable agriculture can thrive in communities like ours.
Will you donate today and stand with farmers and small businesses, and champion local food?
Countryside was created in 1999 to help Cuyahoga Valley National Park solve the problem of how to conserve the quickly disappearing rural character of the Valley. Today, you probably know our work best through our farmers' markets and nutrition assistance programs through those markets.
As you may be aware, Countryside has been through some tumultuous times and this year we had to cut other programs to prioritize keeping the Farmers' Market open. We appreciate the support - financial or otherwise - that the community has provided to help us carry forward through this tough time so far.
Countryside has dedicated the last two decades to building a thriving local food community by connecting people, food, and land, and in doing so, it has developed deep roots in this community. We want this organization to continue this legacy.