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South Delridge Farmers Market launches with special focus on BIPOC communities

Delridge Market

A new farmers market opened earlier this month with a special purpose: to provide culturally relevant, locally sourced food for the African Diaspora and immigrant community, and to uplift BIPOC farms and food businesses. It takes place the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June to November, at the Hope Academy in South Delridge.

Read more about this new market and the story behind it.

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Savor Snoqualmie Valley supporting local food and economic vitality in Snoqualmie Valley

Savor Snoqualmie Farmstand

A bike ride that takes you by a farm stand in the summer. A trip to a small museum that lands you next to an independent restaurant serving locally sourced vegetables. An art show that coincides with the U-pick berry outing you read about. These are just a few examples of how the Savor Snoqualmie Valley team is supporting businesses and visitors in the Snoqualmie Valley, especially by promoting local food and farms.

Click to read about Savor’s goal to have more local food bought and sold  in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley.

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Farmers markets are opening!

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Farmers market season is here, meaning it’s a great time to learn more about them. Here are a few quick facts about markets in the county.

Did you know…

 -   that there are 40 farmers markets across King County? At least 35 of them are opening this year. Find your nearest market here on King County’s Local Food Finder!

 -   that 34 King County markets take Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and 29 take SNAP/EBT? These programs ensure those experiencing food insecurity have access to high-quality, nutritious foods.

 -   that market sales contributed over $85 million to our local economy between 2017-2019? The pandemic caused markets across the County to lose a total of 88 days of sales last year – all the more reason to shop fresh and local this summer.

 -   that markets have required masking throughout the pandemic? While some regulations may change as the summer goes on, it’s probably best to pack your face mask just in case. Most markets have websites, too, if you want to learn about their other precautions against COVID-19.

If you haven’t already, add a farmers market near you to your summer routine for the freshest produce possible.

Click to explore King County's Local Food Finder. 

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Funding opportunities

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Check out these opportunities for farmers and/or 501c3 organizations focused on food systems to secure funding.

A few of the deadlines and opportunities include: 

-   July 6: USDA Regional Food Systems Partnerships Program

-   Letter of Interest deadline to be announced in July: Organic Farming Research Foundation

-   October 1: Clif Family Foundation Operational Support

-   Rolling Letter of Interest submission process: Anderson-Rogers Foundation