our programs approach hunger from both sides of the problem 

Our approach to hunger is what makes us unique as an organization. From the beginning, we've been committed to addressing both sides of the problem - small farmers struggling to stay in business, and disadvantaged populations who lack access to fresh and nutritious food. 

Each of our programs is designed to benefit those on both sides. We want to get local food to those who need it, while also supporting the farmers producing it. 

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Volunteer-operated booths collect produce from farmers markets and distribute to hunger-relief organizations. 

Our wholesale and retail market connecting customers directly to family farmers for affordable prices. 

Cooking demonstrations, recipes, and fact sheets to make sure recipients get the most from our produce. 


Donation Stations

What do you do when there is plenty of food and lots of hungry people? You share! 

That’s what Donation Stations are all about. Farmer Foodshare volunteers run tables at farmers markets where farmers can donate local food for folks in need in their own area. Shoppers help, too. They may choose to donate fresh produce bought at the market or donate cash to buy food from the farmers, helping them earn a healthy living. All this fresh food is then shared with local agencies serving neighbors in need. 

Donation Stations are located at farmers markets scattered throughout the state – and the idea continues to spread.

interested in starting a donation station at your farmers market?
let us know!


Wholesale Market

Everyone deserves fresh, healthy food. The Farmer Foodshare Wholesale Market is another way to connect people who grow food to people who need it. The Wholesale Market is year-round, and connects small to mid-scale farmers with community organizations. 

Our goal? To help hard-working farm families (especially beginning farmers, female farmers and farmers of color) make a decent living, while making nutritious, local food available for a broader range of people who want it.


Food Ambassadors

We have fresh food. Now what?

When agencies (and the people they serve) asked how to store and prepare fresh produce, Farmer Foodshare listened, and Food Ambassadors was born. 

Food Ambassadors are volunteers trained by Farmer Foodshare to go where the people are and share  how to store fresh produce and how to prepare it in ways that are both economical and delicious. 

At the demonstration everyone is encouraged to enjoy the  prepared dish and then receives the recipe and ingredients to make the dish at home Healthy eating just got easier!

Additionally, we've put together Veggie and Farmer Fact Sheets, and collection of simple recipes, available upon request.