Get your food from the source! The South Sound Community is invited to connect directly with our innovative and dedicated local farmers through this virtual farmers market.
This project has been created in response to the changing market conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. We realize that many of our local farmers have been immediately negatively impacted by restaurants and farmers markets closing, and we’d like to help farmers and buyers find each other during this time.
If you are a local farm who would like to be added, please contact Nora White at email@example.com
Community Farm Land Trust
The Community Farm Land Trust has put out their 2020 Farm Map! This is an invaluable resource to our region to connect with farmers and growers of all kinds of products! Check out the new map and discover regional farms here.
WSU Extension Thurston County
WSU Extension has been compiling and updating farm and farmer specific information with relation to the on-going and evolving COVD-19 crisis. Check out this page for that information.
WSDA Resources for Small & Direct Market Farms
A compilation of resources which include direct responses to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, and ongoing programs that may be especially helpful now for small and direct marketing farms and food businesses.
WA Young Farmer’s Coalition COVID-19 Resources
A variety of resources for farmers and consumers. Check out their website.
FarmAid.Org Resources for Farmers Affected by COVID-19
Regularly updated list of resources and tools for farmers. Found here.
Farmer’s Legal Action Group Guide to COVID-19 Relief
Farmer specific details about the CARES Act. Updated as of April 13, 2020. Find information here.
Farm and Food Financial Resources List
County specific, Washington State, National, and Federal resources for farmers. This is a google doc that is being kept up to date. Find that document here.
The SBA has opened EIDL applications for agricultural businesses.
SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only, in order to provide unprecedented relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. The application is available at: www.SBA.gov/Disaster.
- Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
- SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received.
- In addition, SBA has resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.
SBA made this programing decision in order to provide the greatest emergency funding relief to as many small businesses, private non-profits, and agricultural businesses as possible. For more information or to apply, please visit: www.sba.gov/Disaster.
- Find your local SBA Office here
- This helpful tutorial video from the SBDC in California walks through the application process, step by step.
- Farm Commons also has a helpful webinar on EIDL
Olympia Farmers Market
The Olympia Farmers Market is staying open as an essential resource during this time. They are prioritizing vendors to be those selling “grocery type” products and are keeping their hours and practices updated on their website here.
Tacoma Farmers Markets
Tacoma Farmers Market creates vibrant marketplaces where local farms, small businesses, and organizations connect directly with the community. We accept cash, credit, debit and EBT/SNAP and WIC. Learn more here.
- Broadway Market
950 Broadway (Between 9th and 11th) Tacoma, WA
Every Thursday May 7 through August 27 10:00 am -3:00 pm; Sept 3- Oct. 29 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Eastside Market
3500 McKinley Ave E Tacoma, WA
Every Tuesday June 2-August 25 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm
- Point Ruston
5005 Ruston Way, Grand Plaza Tacoma, WA
Every Sunday June 7- Sept 27 10:00-3:00
South Sound Food Buyer’s Club
The South Sound Food Buyer’s Club exists to enable members to connect directly with high quality farms and food producers across the Cascadia region and beyond. As food buying club members, we seek to create economically sustainable partnerships with practitioners who are utilizing sustainable and regenerative farming techniques and who engage in socially responsible business practices. The club is currently taking members and seeking local producers who would like to sell to members. Join or learn more here or check out their Facebook group.
If you’re a producer interested in selling to the club, contact Joel Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympia and Beyond Pick-Up & Delivery Guide
Check out local restaurants and food makers who are offering safe pick-up and delivery options locally. Find the full guide here.