Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

Developing Value-Added Agriculture Businesses Workshops – Nov. 20-22, 2017

Honesta Romberger November 7, 2017

Giving careful consideration to business planning is the first step for any farm business wanting to develop a value-added enterprise. Farmers who identify trends and market opportunities and develop a well thought out business plan may enhance their likelihood of success. Developing Value-Added Agriculture Businesses is designed to help farmers identify business planning considerations, grant…

From Civil Eats: Farmers Markets are Beloved, but the Government May Cut Their Funding

Honesta Romberger November 2, 2017

A recent Civil Eats article about Farmers Market Promotion Program has raised concerns from members about the likely fate of of the program. The article correctly points out that the Presidential Budget for FY2018 that came out back in May proposed eliminating funding for that program, but fails to mention that the House Agriculture Appropriations…

Fed Reserve Report, Installment 2: Investing in Human Capital through Food Systems

Honesta Romberger October 25, 2017

By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In recent months, FMC has been taking a closer look at the recent landmark study, Harvesting Opportunity The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities in a series of blog posts. [Click here to read our first installment on Infrastructure] The book-length report documents the sustained…

Produce Growers Food Safety Workshop – November 2, 2017

Honesta Romberger October 23, 2017

Attention HOMER AREA Produce Growers! The State of Alaska, in cooperation with the Cornell Produce Safety Alliance, is holding a Produce Growers Food Safety Workshop The course and materials are free. This FDA-approved course satisfies the Grower Training curriculum requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Growers can also receive a…

Alaska Local Food Program Awarded Part of $13.4 Million USDA Grant

Honesta Romberger

Homer,​ ​AK​​ ​​-​ ​The​ ​United​ ​States​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Agriculture​ ​(USDA)​ ​has​ ​awarded​ ​$13.4​ ​Million​ ​this​ ​year​ ​to 52​ ​recipients​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​including​ ​$403,000​ ​to​ ​Alaska’s​ ​Cook​ ​Inletkeeper,​ ​a​ ​community-based non-profit​ ​organization​ ​and​ ​major​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​USDA’s​ ​2017​ ​Farmer’s​ ​Market​ ​Outreach​ ​Program​ ​(FMPP). “It’s​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​step​ ​forward​ ​for​ ​local​ ​food​ ​programs​ ​in​ ​Alaska,”​ ​said​…

Field Notes on the Amazon / Whole Foods Merger

Honesta Romberger October 19, 2017

By  Alex Canepa & Dar Wolnik Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion not only sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, but created a veritable cottage industry of thought pieces and jeremiads: “Would the new Whole Foods still have a soul?” “Did it ever have a soul?” “Why does Amazon suddenly care…

Need equipment to accept SNAP at your market? FMC has you covered!

Honesta Romberger October 17, 2017

Everyday, farmers markets nationwide connect farmers to their neighbors – allowing them to grow their business while providing communities with fresh, local food necessary to support healthy families. The Farmers Market Coalition is committed to supporting local farmers, and increasing access to farm-fresh food for all communities, regardless of income. To meet these dual goals,…

Farmers Market SNAP Incentive Program Exceeds $1.2 Million in Massachusetts

Honesta Romberger October 10, 2017

By Gus Schumacher, Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave and Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Food and Agriculture Note: A week before his passing, Gus Schumacher penned this article, describing the runaway success of a program that was near and dear to his heart—the Healthy Incentive Program in his home state of Massachusetts. Never one to do things…

USDA Announces 2017 FMPP Grantees

Honesta Romberger September 29, 2017

This week, USDA awarded 52 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grants totalling 13.4 million dollars. FMC extends our warmest congratulations to all recipients, especially our members and partners who were awarded FMPPs this year, including the Food Trust, National Young Farmers Coalition, Ecology Center, the Center for Rural Affairs, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, Florida…

Pittsburgh, Here We Come!

Honesta Romberger September 21, 2017

Last week, FMC began work with the City of Pittsburgh to complete a comprehensive analysis of the city’s market system. The goal of the study is to better understand the role of markets throughout the city and develop a plan for growth that improves equitable access to fresh, affordable food, while supporting the region’s producers.…