KCARD Connection 
August 2016

National Farmers Market Week: Berea Farmers Market

Berea Farmers Market is one of the oldest continuous working farmers markets in Kentucky.  After years of moving locations around town, this farmer cooperative is ready for a permanent home, and the Berea Farmers Market board is working with KCARD to make it happen. 

“KCARD works with cooperatives on business development, so the board asked them to help Berea Farmers Market with a feasibility study to focus on the establishment of a permeant location for the market,” explained Drew Elliott, the board President and owner of Clementine’s Bake Shop in Berea. “The market membership has grown and we have a waiting list most years for spots, so we are ready for more than just an empty parking lot.  We wanted a permanent home for our farmers.” 

Farmers Markets: Trends, Issues, and Resources

Farmers markets help communities support local farmers, contribute to the local economy, and connect producers and consumers.  As the number of markets have increased, the variety of the product sold is changing to reflect changing production practices on the farm and changing consumer demands.  How can producers and markets themselves adapt and continue to grow?  Below we talk about some of the trends, issues, and the resources we offer for farmers markets.  

Click to find out more about farmers markets trends, issues, and resources

KCARD Highlights

In July KCARD staff provided clients the following services:   

  • Provided business planning support to a dairy operation, natural food store, and several diversified produce operations;

  • Provided grant recordkeeping assistance to a previous VAPG recipient;

  • Participated in Kentucky State University Third Thursday Thing on Poultry in Frankfort; and,

  • Presented on a Commercial Kitchen Feasibility Study for Warren County.

Upcoming Events

August 7-13: National Farmers Market Week

August 18-28: Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, KY 

October 1:  KSU Small Scale Farm Grant Applications Due, Frankfort, KY

KCARD Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program is specifically designed to help Kentucky farmers and other agribusiness find, apply, & receive funding through grants and other available programs.   For updates on funding opportunities available nationally and for Kentucky farmers and agribusiness, sign up for our email list.