Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

FMC Partners with AmBetter to Provide $84,000 in Vouchers to Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger January 17, 2019

by Liz Comiskey, Membership & Outreach Director | liz@farmersmarketcoalition.org FMC recently teamed up with AmBetter Health to provide $98,000 in mini-grant funding to farmers markets across the country. During the early winter open-enrollment period, AmBetter sponsored 14 farmers markets in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, and Florida. Each market distributed recipes, tote bags, and $5 vouchers for…

Farmers Market SNAP Programs Face Challenges from Gov’t Shutdown, Novo Dia Uncertainties

Honesta Romberger January 16, 2019

by Ben Feldman, FMC Executive Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Since its inception, FMC has prioritized advocating for support for SNAP EBT equipment and administrative funding to increase SNAP access at farmers markets. In 2012, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) first began offering support using $4 million in funds from the President’s annual budget for…

Back to Your Roots: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series – March 7-9, 2019

Honesta Romberger January 15, 2019

CAMPTI, Louisiana (January 15, 2019) – Campti Field of Dreams will host Back to Your Roots: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series March 7 through 9, 2019, at Reese Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus and other locations in the Ruston, Louisiana, area. This 3-day conference has much to offer those in all phases and…

A Look Back at a Big Year: FMC’s 2018 Annual Report

Honesta Romberger January 14, 2019

From advocating for a strong farm bill, to co-hosting our first national summit, to celebrating the most widely-observed National Farmers Market Week to date, to new and exciting resources and partnerships, FMC has had quite a year! Check out highlights from 2018, as well as a sneak peak of the results from our State of the…

FMC Begins 2019 With New Leadership: A Letter from FMC Executive Director, Jen Cheek

Honesta Romberger December 20, 2018

It is an incredible privilege to lead the Farmers Market Coalition and work every day with FMC’s staff to advance the goals of our distinguished board and inspiring members. While I enjoy this work immensely, I’ve come to a time where it makes sense to “lean out,” if just a little, to make room for…

Farmers Markets Need Support to Collect More Data

Honesta Romberger December 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​honesta@farmersmarketcoalition.org Phone: 717-443-8723   Farmers Markets Need Support to Collect More Data December 18, 2018 – Collecting data at farmers markets is not a new endeavor. But until recently, the data was largely collected and used by researchers, often to understand the role farmers markets play in the…

FMC Analysis: Why the 2018 Farm Bill is Good for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger December 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org After months of inaction and political maneuvering, Congress has hit the gas on the farm bill, introducing the Farm Bill Conference Report late Monday night, and then holding votes in both the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday. The report represents the final compromise between the…

Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, & Local Food

Honesta Romberger December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​honesta@farmersmarketcoalition.org Phone: 717-443-8723   Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, and Local Food December 11, 2018 – After months of delay and disagreement, Congress finally released the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, the compromise between the House and Senate versions, late Monday night. In a surprise…

How Farmers Markets Can Respond to the Romaine Lettuce Scare

Honesta Romberger December 5, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Just prior to Thanksgiving, the CDC and FDA took the unusual step of warning shoppers to avoid all romaine lettuce, stating “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.” The advice came as a response…

FMC Perspective: Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger November 16, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org You may have seen the recent study released by Penn State University on food safety at farmers markets. As the study gained attention from various news outlets, members and supporters reached out to us with concerns about the way it was being reported. Some news stories contained…