Since its formation in 2010, the Adams County Farmers Market Association has made great strides in its multi-faceted mission to support local farmers, advance the success small businesses, and promote community health. Below are some of the critical accomplishments of the ACFMA towards these goals.
2018 - USDA rural business development grant awarded
In 2018 the ACFMA was awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to aid in our efforts to foster local agribusinesses through capacity building and increased management support for our growing outreach and wellness initiatives. Funding from this grant will sustain critical operations through 2019.
2016 - ACFMA publishes 6-year progress report
In 2016 the ACFMA published a 6-year progress report, detailing the positive impact of our organization on community health and commerce. This report has proven to be a helpful resource for sponsors, Gettysburg residents, and visitors who want to understand more about the ACFMA and our role in the community.
2014 - USDA farmers market promotion program grant awarded
In 2014 the ACFMA, in partnership with the South Central Community Action Program, was awarded a Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant for the purpose of increasing “domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets." The two year project succeeded in its aim to achieve key market benchmarks and expand outreach services throughout Adams, Franklin and York Counties.
2011 - partnered with wellspan health to create snap/ebt “double dollars” program
In 2011 the ACFMA partnered with WellSpan Health to provide incentives for SNAP/EBT usage at farmers markets through a “Double Dollars” program. The program expanded in 2015 to include a similar WIC and S/FMNP Matching Program with additional support from the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation and Healthy Adams County. You can find out more about these and our other wellness programs here.
2010 - the acfma receives funding for credit/debit and ebt payment infrastructure
Thanks to funding from Capital RC&D, the ACFMA was able to provide wireless credit/debit services and SNAP/EBT accessibility at our farmers market starting in 2010. This was the first outreach initiative launched by the ACFMA and its program partners. The ACFMA has been able to maintain these services every market season since.
2008 - Awarded PA Department of agriculture direct farm sales grant
In 2008 the ACFMA was awarded a series of four mini-grants from the PA Department of Agriculture to increase marketing, build capacity, develop an online presence, recruit and support new vendors, stimulate new business and develop wellness programs. These initiatives helped launch the ACFMA and allowed our organization to become what it is today.