Special Holiday Offer: Support FMC, Get a Cookbook Gift
Posted On: November 30, 2010
Support Local Jobs and Sustainable Food in Your Community with Donations to the Farmers Market Coalition
As this holiday season approaches, many Americans are still looking for work and struggling with the poor economy. The need to support the growth of local jobs and sustainable business ideas has never been greater. So this year, the Farmers Market Coalition, a national grassroots resource supporting farmers markets and local growers is offering consumers the chance to do both with their holiday gift giving.
As the local food movement continues to boom, the number of farmer’s markets have nearly doubled in the last nine years and increased by 16% between 2009 and 2010 alone. So has their economic impact. In Iowa, farmers markets generated $20.8 million in economic activity and created 324 jobs. In Washington State, farmers markets generated $20 million in direct sales in one county alone. These markets also support small family farms and preserve America’s rural landscapes and help these rural communities thrive.
A donation of as little as $25 can help the Farmers Market Coalition in their efforts to support the grassroots growth of farmers markets in communities nationwide. And this year, those who donate at least $100 will also get a brand new copy of Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze or Dry Almost Anything edited by the mother-daughter team of Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer.
Those donating $200 or more will receive Williams Sonoma’s new Cooking from the Farmers Market, a beautiful hardcover coffee table cookbook with inspired recipes from farmers market finds, as well as a complimentary gift membership for a friend. Both books address the challenges of cooking and eating locally as well as preserving seasonal foods for different times of the year. Both make a great holiday gift for supporters of local food and farmers.
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of IRS 501(c)(3) regulation, and help support FMC’s work to strengthen farmers markets. Book quantities are limited, so act fast!