Kentucky Farm Bureau
LOUISVILLE - The season for roadside farm markets is far from over, but Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) wants to help market owners get next year's efforts off to a great start. Enrollment for the 2015 Certified Roadside Farm Market program is now open.
During the 2015 season, KFB proudly celebrates its 20th year of offering the Certified Roadside Farm Market program. This initiative was established in July 1996 as a way to help farmers market their fruits and vegetables directly from roadside markets to consumers across the Commonwealth. Since then, the membership has expanded to include farm enterprises like greenhouses, landscape nurseries, Christmas tree farms, vineyards/wineries and meat/cheese farm markets.
Markets certified through this program are identified by the cornucopia logo and listed in the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Directory. The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, education tour opportunities, and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of member markets.
Early enrollment discounts are available for the 2015 KFB Certified Roadside Market program. Returning markets that renew their membership before November 15 receive the discounted rate of $250. Renewal rates increase to $325 for markets that wait to enroll November 16 through December 31.
Roadside markets that are new to KFB's Certified Roadside Market program can join for just $225 during the early enrollment session, which ends November 15. New market members who enroll November 16 through December 31 can join for $300.
All enrollment applications must be postmarked by December 31 to guarantee placement in the annual Membership Directory.
Applications for membership are available on the Kentucky Farm Bureau web site, kyfb.com/roadside. For questions about enrollment and the benefits of participating in the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market program, please contact Fran McCall, Commodity Specialist and Roadside Farm Market Coordinator, at (502) 495-5000 ext. 7238 or by email at Fran.McCall@kyfb.com.