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Farmers Market

Happy official first day of summer! As the kids are wondering how to fill their summer days now that school is out, why not take them over to the local farmers market?

The ladies over at the Mumbling Mommy blog give plenty of reasons why you should take children to your local farmers market.

Whether it’s your children, your entire family or just yourself, do you have any plans for heading over to your community farmer’s market soon?

Tell us about your community’s farmers market! Are you a community bank who sponsors a market in your town? Let us know! We’re always encouraging people to bank local, dine local and shop local.

Each Friday this May, be on the lookout for Go Local’s Friday Farmers Market posts. We’re highlighting the great works community banks from across the country do with their local markets.

Citizens Bank of Edmond Goes Local With Oklahoma Farmers Market

Citizens Bank of Edmond, which has helped customers in Oklahoma for more than 112 years, has always been in touch with their local community. When it comes to helping folks find fresh produce, the bank continues to be forward thinking!

Located right across the street from the local Edmond, Okla., farmers market, Citizens employees have the opportunity to interact with shoppers and vendors. After observing for a bit, new in 2013, the bank is providing reusable grocery bags for farmers market customers to carry their fresh fruits, veggies and other locally made goods. These bags not only remind customers the importance of going local and to “go green,” but also provides an easy way to transport local products home.

Every spring, bank employees are some of the most excited Edmond residents to see the farmers market come back to town!

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Tell us about your community’s farmers market! Are you a community bank who sponsors a market in your town? Let us know! We’re always encouraging people to bank local, dine local and shop local.

Each Friday this May, be on the lookout for Go Local’s Friday Farmers Market posts. We’re highlighting the great works community banks from across the country do with their local markets.

Green Tree Farmers Market Gets Local Bank’s Help

Allegheny Valley Bank was founded on community support, solving the financial needs of our clients and supporting the economy through gainful employment. More than a century later, we are proud to serve the same mission. Our employees are encouraged to take an active role in our communities. It helps to further solidify our presence in the Pittsburgh market and provides employees the ability to develop relationships with local consumers.

One initiative of community support is the sponsorship of a local farmers market in the Green Tree neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Allegheny Valley Bank has supported this farmers market since the inaugural season in 2008. The Farmers Market begins the 3rd Thursday in May and runs every Thursday through the end of October. The market is held in Green Tree Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Local vendors have lots to offer – fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, meats, cheeses, pasta and more!

Allegheny Valley Bank

Allegheny Valley Bank’s sponsorship enables the Borough to produce signage advertising the Farmers Market throughout the community. Banners and posters are displayed in Green Tree area schools and the local business district. Allegheny Valley Bank’s 26-foot inflatable balloon also helps promote the Farmers Market! Similar to a billboard, our balloon can be placed roadside at community events, at branch offices, and can be used year round. Because of its presence over the years, the balloon serves as a landmark for the Green Tree Farmers Market.

Now entering its sixth season, Allegheny Valley Bank continues to support the farmers market. Our employees have volunteered countless hours throughout these past six years representing the bank at a booth each week. They enjoy greeting the farmers market patrons. We often hold free raffles and answer any banking-related questions visitors might have. Our on-site presence has created brand awareness and strengthened our relationship with the Green Tree community.

– Andrew W. Hasley, president & CEO, Allegheny Valley Bank

Tell us about your community’s farmers market! Are you a community bank who sponsors a market in your town? Let us know! We’re always encouraging people to bank local, dine local and shop local.

Each Friday this May, be on the lookout for Go Local’s Friday Farmers Market posts. We’re highlighting the great works community banks from across the country do with their local markets.

Grand Rapids State Bank Creates First-of-its-kind Partnership With Local Farmers Market

For a Minnesota bank that has been around for nearly 100 years, playing a vital role in its community just comes naturally. Grand Rapids State Bank, based in Grand Rapids, MN, knows the importance of going local and lending a helping hand to neighbors whenever possible. When the opportunity came to create a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Grand Rapids Farmers Market, the folks at GRSB knew the benefits would be far reaching to everyone in their community.

The partnership Grand Rapids State Bank coordinates with the farmers market is through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. These cards are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, which many people recognize by its former name – the Food Stamp Program. Grand Rapids State Bank helps families who are part SNAP use their EBT debit cards to purchase fresh produce and items from the Grand Rapids Farmers Market. The farmers market happily accepts food stamps, but without help from GRSB, running a magnetic card reader outdoors in the market would be nearly impossible.

After receiving grants from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association to purchase a wireless card reader – for EBT cards but also traditional debit and credit cards – the Grand Rapids Farmers Market was part of the way to finally allowing cards to be used in the market in addition to cash. But who would be able to handle all of the monetary things behind the scenes? Grand Rapids State Bank of course! GRSB handles all of the card transactions and help ensure that the farmers get paid for the purchases.  During the 2012 season, the farmers market had nearly $5,000 from EBT sales and anticipates similar (if not better) results for 2013.

“Grand Rapids State Bank is always eager to do whatever is necessary to be of assistance to our community,” Noah Wilcox, president and CEO at Grand Rapids State Bank, said. “There is no better way to go local than by helping everyone in our community get better access to fresh produce from local farmers and shopping with the farmers market vendors. Facilitating the transactions from EBT sales is just one of the many ways we can give back to our community during the spring and summer months.”

As the Grand Rapids Herald-Review described it, home-grown food and a home-grown bank, you can’t ask for a better combination!

Tell us about your community’s farmers market! Are you a community bank who sponsors a market in your town? Let us know! We’re always encouraging people to bank local, dine local and shop local.

Each Friday this May, be on the lookout for Go Local’s Friday Farmers Market posts. We’re highlighting the great works community banks from across the country do with their local markets.