Since the 1990s, the Market Foundation has extended emergency grants to farmers facing severe financial strains, supporting Pike Place Market’s original mission to provide a place for farmers to sell directly to customers.

Today, farmers are increasingly impacted by climate change, inflation, and supply chain disruptions, exacerbated by the fallout of COVID-19. This has led to a rapid decline in the number of farmers who are selling at Pike Place Market, prompting the need for a sustainable long-term fund to invest in the vitality of farmers now and for future generations.

The Market Foundation Farm Fund will offset farmers’ equipment and material costs, promoting efficiency and sustainability for these small family farms. Additionally, we’re piloting a program offering culturally tailored loans and business assistance.

Farmers embody the essence of Pike Place Marketlet’s work together to ensure a brighter future for the families who grow the Market’s iconic flowers and produce.