Maine Farmers’ Market Week is Aug. 7-13. Many markets will be offering special events — tasting tables, music, tattoos, children’s activities and more. Mainers can enter their favorite farmers’ market photos in a contest to win gift certificates to the market or find the market most convenient to them at mffm.org.

One hundred and thirty summer and winter farmers’ markets serve all 16 Maine counties. The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets estimates that more than 400 farms and small businesses are supported through these markets, and markets contribute almost $20 million to the small business economy of Maine. Farmers’ markets also boost local economies by attracting shoppers to downtown areas.

Maine’s farmers’ markets serve all Mainers, including low-income households. Over 35 markets accept SNAP benefits at their market and increase the value of those benefits by 50% through the Maine Harvest Bucks program. In 2021, more than 5,000 low-income shoppers bought over $500,000 worth of local, healthy, Maine-grown food.

Maine employers can purchase Bumper Crop vouchers to give to their employees as part of workplace wellness and employee appreciation initiatives. To date, 45 employers are participating in 2022 with more joining each month.

Jimmy DeBiasi, executive director of Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets said, “Farmers’ Market Week is a time to appreciate and celebrate our farmers’ market community. There are so many farmers in Maine that work as volunteer organizers to bring their markets to life and make sure that they’re accessible to everyone in their community.”