Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Support WIC FMNP

Honesta Romberger March 18, 2019

Last week, the President’s FY 2020 budget was released, proposing significant cuts to USDA programs, including eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). In response, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) are leading a letter to demonstrate support for the Program among members of the House. Known as a…

Pittsburgh Releases Farmers Market Study with FMC Recommendations

Honesta Romberger March 14, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org   Over the past year and half, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) has been working with the City of Pittsburgh to analyze the more than two-dozen markets that serve residents in the summer months. FMC staff reviewed published reports on the regional food system, conducted interviews with direct marketing producers,…

President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Honesta Romberger March 13, 2019

by Ben Feldman, FMC Executive Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Earlier this week, the President’s FY 2020 budget was released, proposing significant cuts to USDA programs, including eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP).  While farmers market programs fare better than in previous presidential budget proposals, eliminating the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program…

Remembering Farmer Dustin Rathgeber

Honesta Romberger March 7, 2019

Over the years, we here at FMC have had the great privilege of collaborating, supporting, and working shoulder to shoulder with market leaders and producers from across the country — the many inspiring individuals dedicated to improving our nation’s local food systems. One of those exceptional people was farmer Dustin Rathgeber. While working on a…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 2: Looking to the Future

Honesta Romberger 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 that the overall number of returning customers is also slipping. In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik examined the origins of the CSA movement in the U.S…

FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh…

Farmers Markets Aid Communities During Times of Disaster & Hardship

Honesta Romberger February 4, 2019

by Cindy Bunch – Executive Market Manager, Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market oldebeaufortfarmersmarket@gmail.com *FMC Note: Farmers markets are renown for helping and bringing communities together in times of difficulty. Most recently, farmers markets nationwide offered support to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. News sprung up from markets across the country including the Lewisburg Farmers…

BREAKING: Novo Dia Group, Inc. secures $2 million investment from Square

Honesta Romberger January 30, 2019

In an effort to provide continued support to its customers and farmers markets nationwide, Square will invest $2 million in Novo Dia. “Investing in Novo Dia is a no-brainer—their SNAP and WIC payment-acceptance tools provide a critical service to important and underserved customers,” said James Loftus, Square Corporate Development Lead. “Our investment will make sure…

Welcome, New FMC Board Members!

Honesta Romberger January 24, 2019

Last week, FMC’s membership elected new leaders from a very strong slate of candidates to join our Board of Directors. FMC is pleased to welcome Elise Ashby, Amy Crone, and Anupama Joshi, along with Gary Matteson who was re-elected.  We also want to thank two former members of the board that have put in countless…

A Letter from FMC Interim Executive Director, Ben Feldman

Honesta Romberger

  Dear FMC Members, It’s been three weeks since I began my new position as Interim Executive Director with the Farmers Market Coalition, and it has flown by. It is my great pleasure to take the reins of this organization for the next six months and hopefully beyond. When I began my work with local…