Farmers Market Social Media Cheat Sheet

The Cheat Sheet is a list of Facebook and Twitter friendly (140 characters or less) posts that celebrates the wonderful things that farmers markets do for our communities.

Share any of these through your personal or your organization’s social media accounts. If you’re pressed for time, like us on FMC’s Facebook Page, or follow us on Twitter @fmcorg. The more people who share these messages the more we build awareness around the importance of farmers markets.

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When we get thousands of people, media outlets, non-profits, farmers and more celebrating all of the benefits of farmers markets, we start to raise consciousness about what farmers markets really mean to their communities, and how these markets benefit our lives, our environment, and economies.

Share these posts anytime you want, especially before and during National Farmers Market Week, which is the first full week of August. If you want to get creative, order some “I Heart Farmers Markets” temporary tattoos for your market and post photos with them to Instagram with the hashtag #MarketLove. Let’s spread the message! 

 

Farmers Markets Preserve America’s Rural Livelihoods and Farmland

#FarmersMarkets provide beginning farmers financial security to grow their businesses. http://bit.ly/1JxwXga #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets protect #farmland from development. 1 in 4 farmers at markets farm on protected land. http://bit.ly/1JxwXga #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets create year-round opps for rural biz. The # of winter markets nearly tripled since 2010. http://bit.ly/1JxwXga #farmersmarketweek

16% of #FarmersMarket farmers are under 35. Markets allow them to start small, learn, and grow. http://bit.ly/1JxwXga #farmersmarketweek

The @SeattleFarmMkts alone support ~10k acres of #farmland in diversified production. http://bit.ly/1JxwXga #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets?  Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek

 

Farmers Markets Stimulate Local Economies 

Support ur farmer. Most get only 15.8% of each $ of sales. But farmers at farmers markets get fair pay. http://1.usa.gov/1LVfdsp #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets stimulate economies. Markets generated ~$13 mil in #SouthCarolina alone. http://bit.ly/1GVX10A #farmersmarketweek

Growers selling local create 13 farm jobs per $1 mil in revenue. Those not selling local create 3. http://bit.ly/1GVX10A #farmersmarketweek

“#FarmersMarkets are the most genuine type of commerce” says @ProperSausages http://bit.ly/1GVX10A #farmersmarketweek

Every dollar spent at farmers markets leads to additional sales at nearby businesses. http://bit.ly/1GVX10A #farmersmarketweek

Modest funding to support 100-500 #FarmersMarkets could create 13.5k jobs http://bit.ly/1eW4OTh #farmersmarketweek

If CA ate recommended amount of produce growers would see increase of $316 million in grower sales. http://j.mp/r3RJRw #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets? Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek

 

Farmers Markets Increase Access to Fresh, Nutritious Food

80% in DC survey say food at #FarmersMarkets is often “fresher, cheaper, and healthier” than other food http://bit.ly/pQne9n #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets are affordable. #SNAP recipients redeemed  ~$19 million at markets in 2014. http://bit.ly/1ItE2wF #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets unaffordable? #Myth. 3 studies show comparable or lower prices than at supermarkets. http://bit.ly/1ItE2wF #farmersmarketweek

1.5 million low-income moms got fresh local produce at farmers markets through #WIC FMNP in 2013. http://1.usa.gov/1H0950R #farmersmarketweek

830k low-income seniors got fresh #local produce at #FarmersMarkets through Senior FMNP in 2013 http://1.usa.gov/1FRM1gN #farmersmarketweek

#Farmers and shoppers reap benefits as states pass legislation that connects #SNAP to #FarmersMarkets http://bit.ly/1f1RD39 #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets? Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek

 

Farmers Markets Support Healthy Communities

People eat more fruits and veggies when they shop at a #farmersmarket instead of a grocery store http://bit.ly/oPrpYr #farmersmarketweek

Farmers markets give farmers a place to sell their healthy produce and educate shoppers http://bit.ly/p0zJlb #farmersmarketweek

People tend to have more social encounters at farmers markets than at grocery stores. http://bit.ly/1NwyFgd #farmersmarketweek

Boston Cyclists Union offers free bike tune ups at #FarmersMarkets. http://bit.ly/1KpQCPd #farmersmarketweek #goodfood

@ORCityFM helps ~1,500 kids per year make healthy eating choices through the #PowerOfProduce!  http://bit.ly/OS5Jig #farmersmarketweek

3 in 5 farmers selling at #FarmersMarkets educate shoppers about #nutrition and food prep. http://bit.ly/1FRMGPl #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets? Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek

 

Farmers Markets Promote Sustainability

Farmers at Columbia FM in Missouri comes from within a 54 mile radius http://bit.ly/ocOuV1

3 in 4 farmers selling at #FarmersMarkets use practices consistent with #organic standards. http://bit.ly/1U9drd5 #farmersmarketweek

#FarmersMarkets promote sustainability. Boulder County made their market a zero waste event. http://bit.ly/oUacH6 #farmersmarketweek

Help the #environment, shop @ #FarmersMarkets. 4 in 5 market farmers use soil health practices like composting. http://bit.ly/1U9drd5

Love farmers markets? Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek 

 

Farmers Markets Educate Communities

Old Town Farmers Market in Wichita, KS, hosts local chefs who teach you how to cook farmers market style http://bit.ly/bwbL2H #farmersmarketweek

Cedar Rapids Downtown District, IA brings in locals and tourists to revitalize the downtown business sector http://j.mp/1gYZwZ #farmersmarketweek

OR City Farmers Market teaches ~1,500 youth about healthy eating Power of Produce (POP) Club http://bit.ly/OS5Jig #farmersmarketweek

From July-Sept. you can learn to preserve produce at one of 30 FMC member markets. http://bit.ly/1BRNNn6 #farmersmarketweek

Historic Lewes Farmers Market provides thousands of $ in educational scholarships to its farmers http://bit.ly/1U1RIDR  #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets? Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek

 

Farmers Markets Foster Civic Engagement

Hollywood Frmrs Mkt in LA, an amazing example of how farmers markets bring a community together http://bit.ly/fMp58t #farmersmarketweek

According the USDA AMS, more than 60% of farmers markets are managed by volunteers http://1.usa.gov/1TcBHk #farmersmarketweek

Markets bridge the cultural and economic schisms that often exist between urban and rural citizens http://bit.ly/nybTZT #farmersmarketweek

Love farmers markets?  Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by helping them grow! 
http://bit.ly/oXwQxZ #farmersmarketweek