Farmers markets provide consumers with fresh produce and locally made products while supporting communities.

Currently the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting applications for grants that will assist existing farmers markets.

In order to be eligible for the grant, markets must be registered with ODAFF as Oklahoma Grown. Markets that have been registered with the Oklahoma Grown program for the last three consecutive years are eligible for up to $2,000. Markets registered for less than three years are eligible for a maximum of $1,500.

Grant funds may be used for signage, marketing, advertising; newsletter publishing as well as other approved promotional pursuits. The 2013 Oklahoma Grown Farmers Market Specialty Crop Grant program has $55,000 available. This amount will be dispersed to several markets. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, Feb. 28.

For additional grant information and application forms contact Oklahoma Grown Program Coordinator Nathan Kirby at (405) 522-6194.