Author Archives: Darlene Wolnik

Markets and Metrics: Minneapolis/St. Paul project adds to the research

Darlene Wolnik July 11, 2019

  Please follow this link to a report from the newest JAFSCD issue containing the article “The Farmers Market Metrics Project: A research brief on scalable data collection in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro” (Peterson, H. H., & Nowak, J. J.) outlining a multi-stakeholder market-based measurement project in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  This pilot will no doubt be…

Is your market ready for National Counting Week?

Darlene Wolnik July 3, 2019

Over the last decade, the Farmers Market Coalition has been building resources to help market operators and market partners trumpet the impacts made at the almost 9,000 locations across the U.S.  Using the annual CSA signup day as inspiration, FMC introduced the idea of National Counting Week (NCW) to its networks and markets to count…

Join us for The Insider’s Scoop FMLFPP webinar, May 29th 2ET/10AT

On May 29th  (at 2 ET/10AT) , there will be a 75-minute webinar  presented by the Wallace Center, the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) program at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development,  Farmers Market Coalition, and USDA AMS, for an opportunity for FMLFPP grant writers to: – Get quick updates from the USDA on the 2019 LFPP/FMPP grants…

Take Advantage of 4 FMLFPP webinars in May

This series of four webinar should aid applicants with their FMLFPP a great deal! The webinars will cover the vital details of registering on grants.gov, the basics of what to include in a FMLFPP proposal, and some added input from past grantees and reviewers, as well as possible resources and tools available. -May 21 and…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 1

Darlene Wolnik May 8, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”, while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 2

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”,  while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 3

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”,  while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 1: The Rise, Decline, & Reinvention

Darlene Wolnik February 19, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and fewer number of returning customers. FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik takes a look at the issue in this two-part blog series. Here in Part 1, she examines the origins of the CSA…

VPR Cafe: Remembering Enid Wonnacott

Darlene Wolnik February 4, 2019

Good audio piece on Vermont Public Radio about NOFA-VT’s Executive Director, Enid Wonnacott, who passed away recently.   Also, this lovely poem from Caitlin Gildrien Harvest for Enid with so much love The way people married a long time resemble each other, her life’s work was there in her face: sunshine, good rain, the kind of…

Position: Director of Development City of Ruston, La

Darlene Wolnik February 1, 2019

Date: January 31, 2019 Position Announcement The City of Ruston is recruiting the following position: TITLE: Director of Development REPORTS TO: Director of Administrative Services SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Grant writing for the City of Ruston and North Louisiana Farm Fresh, serve as the Executive Director for the Ruston Farmers Market, leader and participant in local…