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FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Ithaca Hummus pledges to match all donations Thursday to Sunday, JULY 9-12

This might be our biggest news ever…! Our friends at Ithaca Hummus have pledged to match EVERY SINGLE donation to our fundraiser this weekend, Thursday-Sunday, with NO LIMIT! They want us to meet our goal of $20,000 – or even surpass it! If you’ve been on the fence about donating, don’t wait! Scroll down to the PayPal Donate button and have your donation doubled this weekend!

Click on the DONATE button to make a contribution over PayPal

Why would a hummus company donate money to us, you might ask? Well, in 2013 Chris Kirby and his wife started their hummus business at the Ithaca Farmers Market and now it’s the FASTEST GROWING BRAND OF HUMMUS IN AMERICA! You can now find his products in stores like Whole Foods, Target, Stop & Shop, Safeway and more. Chris reached out because he wants to give back to the community where it all began, and we are floored by his generosity. 

Our market is known as one of the best in the country and we’ve got loads of established vendors – but every season, we also get brand new businesses, too. When you shop at the market you’re supporting young farmers and small businesses, sometimes in their first year. We take our role as a business incubator seriously, and this incredible donation from Chris will make sure we can keep doing what we do best. 

THANK YOU Chris, and thank you to our loyal customers and fans, we couldn’t do it without you! If you want to donate – click the DONATE button on this page.

Ithaca Hummus produces high quality, all-natural hummus using a unique cold process designed to maintain the integrity of fresh ingredients without the use of preservatives, delivering an unmatched fresh taste and texture to consumers.

BECOME A MARKET HERO AND HELP US RAISE $20,000 TO SUSTAIN OUR MARKET! 

Since 1973, The Ithaca Farmers Market has produced a reliable and recurring community event that attracts locals as well as tourists to enjoy farm fresh produce, prepared foods, artisan crafts and local entertainment. The market creates a place for customers to directly connect with producers – strengthening our local food system and our local economy. We are an organization that uses our power and influence to bring awareness to more than 100 small businesses – many of whom would not have another reliable place to sell at. All of our vendors live and work within 30 miles of Ithaca.

The market runs year round, January to December. We are a cooperative corporation: which means that each vendor pays a fee to be a member, as well as a daily fee each time they attend market. These fees are the largest source of revenue for the market, funding most of the operating costs such as rent, utilities, waste management, staff, marketing, maintenance, insurance and more. Our other streams of revenue are merchandise sales, grants and pavilion rentals for events and weddings. Due to the cancellations and rapid shifts we’ve had to make during COVID-19, all of our sources of income have been severely impacted or eliminated.

Today we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $20,000 that will be utilized by the IFM to continue to support local farmers, chefs and artisans. These funds will assist us in running a safe and accessible grocery outlet for our community, help connect farmers and producers to  customers who cannot attend the market and minimize the financial burden on our vendors, all while supporting our local economy. This campaign will help us run the market our community cherishes and depends on.

Donate to the COVID-19 fundraising campaign today!

If you think the market is an important part of the Ithaca community, this is your chance to support something you believe in. Your dollars will add to the resilience of our organization and to our local food chain. 

Here are two ways you can contribute:

1. Click on the DONATE button to make a contribution over PayPal

2. Mail a check to:
Ithaca Farmers Market
P.O. BOX 6575
Ithaca, NY 14851

Perks to being a Market Hero!

We appreciate your support in creating a safe, accessible farmers market with us. In order to thank our loyal fans, we’ve created a special gift. When you contribute $30 or more, you get an Ithaca Farmers Market *Market Hero* tote bag, specially designed by vendor Laurin Ramsey of Liontail Press

Not only does this tote bag show the world that you support the market, but it will also act as a gateway to special Market Hero deals throughout the year! More info on that to come. NOTE: To ensure your donation is going toward our fundraiser, we are not mailing tote bags to donors at this time. Donors can pick up totes from the market office after July 1st.