Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

Appropriations Bill Wins for Farmers Markets & Farm Bill Update

Honesta Romberger March 23, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | Appropriations On Thursday, the House passed a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which now needs to pass the Senate before Friday to avoid another government shutdown. Funding for key farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, WIC and Senior Farmers…

Congress Shows Broad Support for WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Honesta Romberger March 22, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | Last week, 42 members of Congress, led by Congressman Adriano Espiallat, sent a letter of support for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program to the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee. This statement of support is important following the release of the Presidential Budget Proposal last month, which proposed…

Guide to Applying for a Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

Honesta Romberger March 20, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | *Editor’s Note: this blog was originally posted on March 20, 2018. The information in this blog has been updated to reflect 2019 FMPP due dates, and other info relevant to the 2019 application process. Each year, FMC fields many calls from markets and vendors asking for advice…

Bill May Expand Alaska Food Hub Offerings

Honesta Romberger March 19, 2018

Buying and selling local food online may become easier. A bill in the House would allow Alaskans to sell items with a low potential for food-borne illness without a permit online. It would also make other changes to support local food. [Keep reading]

Bill would provide grants to study, grow disease-tolerant tropical flora

Honesta Romberger March 16, 2018

The State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 would allow states to seek grants of at least $250,000 per year to research and develop disease-resistant varieties of tropical flowers. The bill was introduced Feb.16 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. Keep reading:

Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival – April 14, 2018

Honesta Romberger

Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival Presented by East Hawai‘i Cacao Association Saturday, April 14, 2018 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Hawai‘i Island This event will showcase Hawai‘i’s cacao and chocolate industry. Activities include a chocolate tasting passport, chocolate-making demonstrations, cacao sapling giveaways, silent auction, vendors, educational booths,…

Commonwealth Kitchen Offers Value-Added Program for Farmers

Honesta Romberger March 12, 2018

CommonWealth Kitchen is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen our regional food economy. Learn more here:  

USDA Announces Funding for FMPP, LFPP, & SCBGP Grants

Honesta Romberger March 8, 2018

Get the details in the full USDA press release below: March 7, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced nearly $89 million in available funding to support specialty crop growers, strengthen local and regional food systems, and explore new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers. USDA helps fund projects that…

Farmers Market Improvement Toolkit & “VegU-cation” Tips – USDA

Honesta Romberger March 7, 2018

During the 2017 market season, the USDA Farmers Market tested “VegU-cation” and found that this fruit and vegetable education program was popular with their visitors and increased sales for their farmers. Visitors to the market attended a 10-minute demonstration class in the VegU tent, on how to grow, pick, and prepare that week’s featured fruit…

Farmers Market Managers Meet and Greet – March 17, 2018

Honesta Romberger March 2, 2018

Dear All, I hope you’re doing well preparing for this Spring season. My name is Lee Manning, I’m the Director at the Mountain Harvest Kitchen—a brand new food business incubator located in Unicoi, TN off I-26 about 10 minutes from Johnson City and 45 from Asheville. We opened our doors last September and would like…