Author Archives: Ethel Recinos

Connection and Collaboration: Nutrition Incentive Hub 2021 National Convening Recap

Ethel Recinos April 6, 2021

By now, you’ve probably heard us talk about FMC’s role in the Nutrition Incentive Hub. A quick recap: FMC, Ecology Center and Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) make up the Farm Direct Team within the Nutrition Incentive Hub. We represent and provide support for farm direct operations like farmers markets, CSA’s and farm stands. The…

Beyond Equity Statements: Black food leaders building an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets

Ethel Recinos February 3, 2021

Farmers markets have benefited from the reputation of being inherently good for people, communities, and economies. It’s easy to frame markets in this positive light. A farmers market search will bring up images of outdoor markets with smiling shoppers connecting with their neighbors and local farmers. These images will also reveal the unfortunate fact that…

Takeaways from Match the Market

Ethel Recinos February 1, 2021

When Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and Pinnacle Prevention received the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant, Aryn Mclaren (Iowa Healthiest State Initiatives) and Adrienne Udarbe (Pinnacle Prevention) focused their efforts on expanding the types of participating outlets to include farmers markets and brick and mortar sites. Aryn and Adrienne knew making the leap to…

Webinars, Resources & TA: A Year of Highlighting Market Operators in the Nutrition Incentive Hub

Ethel Recinos January 7, 2021

As the new calendar year kicks off and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) team begins working towards 2021 goals, it’s important to celebrate the foundational work and accomplishments made in 2020.  Last year brought many opportunities for farmers markets and FMC. A major one was collaborating with Ecology Center and Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA)…

GusNIP NTAE Center Awards $500K in Capacity Building Grants

Ethel Recinos November 22, 2020

Thirteen grants will help nutrition incentive and produce prescription projects strengthen impact and sustainability in high-need communities. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program National Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Center (GusNIP NTAE) awarded a total of $500,000 to 13 nutrition incentive projects, including SNAP incentives, and produce prescription projects across the country to support…

Drive-Thru Markets: Innovation to Keep Communities Safe

Ethel Recinos September 14, 2020

Market leaders are familiar with daily crisis control, but when the crisis is a global pandemic, the resilience and innovation of farmers market operators is vital. One way markets have adapted to COVID-19 has been by implementing drive-thru and curbside delivery and online purchasing methods.  Although diversifying sales and delivery methods have been effective ways…

Leveraging Data for Success

Ethel Recinos July 10, 2020

Do you dread logging data into clunky spreadsheets? Maybe you’re overwhelmed by how much information you have and need inspiration on how to use it? Data can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! FMC’s webinar on July 14th- Strength in Numbers: Leveraging Data and Technology for Nutrition Incentive Programs will show you how…