Bumper Crop: An employee benefit pays local dividends to healthy food producers

NORWAY — The Federation of Maine Farmers’ Markets is wanting for small business partners in the Oxford Hills location to advertise nutritious consuming when supporting local community farms.

The software, known as Bumper Crop, presents businesses with reward certificates to distribute to their workforce as an employee advantage. The certificates are to be utilised at neighborhood farmers’ markets to acquire nutritious, domestically developed food items. Producers redeem the certificates for payment via the federation, which tracks personnel participation and collects the money from the business enterprise.

Bumper Crop: An employee benefit pays local dividends to healthy food producers

The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Marketplaces is on the lookout for companies in Oxford Hills to participate in ‘Bumper Crop,’ an personnel benefit program that promotes nutritional foodstuff provided by regional farmers Equipped image

Companies fork out the federation monthly for their employees’ redeemed vouchers they bear no charge for unused gift certificates.

The application released in 2019 as a pilot task with the city of Bangor and a grant from its health and fitness insurance policy supplier. In 2020, three firms took element, with 300 personnel incentivized to store at area marketplaces.

Previous 12 months, participation in Bumper Crop was extended to 23 employers and 36 farmers’ marketplaces across the state. In the Oxford Hills location workforce of MaineHealth, Norway Personal savings Bank and Lee Vehicle team ended up in a position to use their gift certificates at the Alan Working day Group Farmers’ Industry at 26 Whitman St. in Norway and the Waterford Farmers’ Sector on the Waterford Flat village common on Routes 35/37.


Alan Working day Group Yard at 26 Whitman St. in Norway participated in the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets’ Bumper Crop method very last yer. The program connects Maine buyers to nearby farmers’ marketplaces and promotes balanced eating. Submitted photo

Alan Day Neighborhood Yard also distributed the $5 vouchers to customers at its Friday farmers’ market to enhance their customers’ choices for healthy meals. Rocky Crockett, government director for the backyard garden, mentioned the method labored effectively, benefiting producers as well as customers.

“We extra (Bumper Crop) midseason final 12 months,” Hannah Court docket, operator of Wandering Route Farm in Waterford and market place supervisor for the Waterford Farmers’ Marketplace, stated. Even late, “we experienced decent success with it. We are nonetheless evaluating our options for this spring but I be expecting we will proceed with it.”

Employees at Stephens Memorial Medical center in Norway obtained Bumper Crop gift certificates via MaineHealth’s participation in the application, according to Jennifer Fogg, the hospital’s group relations and progress expert.

“Stephens is very pleased to assist our community farmers although advertising wholesome consuming for our staff users,” Fogg wrote in an e mail. “Team members get paid vouchers by demonstrating our organizational values (affected person centered, regard, integrity, excellence, possession, or innovation) or participating in wellness initiatives supplied throughout the spring and summer season.


“Our personnel had been able to use their vouchers at any participating marketplace in Maine,” she wrote.

Business entrepreneurs and professionals who desire to study much more about Bumper Crop may visit the federation’s  web page at mainefarmersmarkets.org/bumpercrop/, or speak to federation Govt Director Jimmy DeBiasi at 207-370-1524 or [email protected].

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