Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

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.…

FMC Visits Capitol Hill to Discuss Farm Bill

Honesta Romberger

  Last week, Farmers Market Coalition staff and board members were on Capitol Hill as part of our ongoing discussions with legislators about FMC’s legislative priorities and the farm bill. In recent months FMC has visited with legislative ag staff, attended listening sessions, and worked with local markets to bring their representatives to market. This…

FMC Live Chat: Farmers Markets Host Successful Visits by Public Officials

Honesta Romberger August 25, 2017

Renegotiation of the Farm Bill is in full swing and key federal programs that support farmers markets are on the line. One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of farmers markets to decision makers, is to get them onsite to see the market firsthand. Before the season ends, invite your federal and state…

After Charlottesville

Honesta Romberger August 18, 2017

The events that took place in Charlottesville have the whole country asking questions about our history and the systems that have facilitated implicit and—increasingly—overt racism to persist. One thing is clear: we can and must do more to understand each other. I don’t pretend that farmers markets are the solution to the country’s divisions, but…

A SNAPshot of Successful Farmers Markets Across the United States

Honesta Romberger August 7, 2017

Take a tour of market successes! In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, the Farmers Market Coalition is excited to present a series of Farmers Market Success Stories featuring markets from across the country working to improve access to fresh, local products for low-income community members. Successful markets share tips and best practices for growing…

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

Honesta Romberger August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers…

A Look at Farmers Markets and Advocacy for Today and Tomorrow

Honesta Romberger August 2, 2017

As Congress begins its August recess, we’re taking stock of the advocacy work accomplished so far in 2017, and charting the course for the year to come. Based on direction from the Farmers Market Coalition board of directors, the organization has increased our engagement in the the lead-up to the next Farm Bill. Earlier this…

FMC Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Honesta Romberger

Hundreds of ranchers and farmers from across Texas and the Southwest gathered on the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas yesterday for the first of three Farm Bill listening sessions scheduled during Congress’ August recess. These listening sessions allow members of the the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture to hear directly from…

Federal Reserve Report Highlights Economic Impact of Regional Food Systems

Honesta Romberger July 28, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the USDA, released a landmark study, Harvesting Opportunity The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. The book-length report  documents the sustained growth of the local-food sector, which is projected to increase to more than $20…

New POP Club Resources Now Available

Honesta Romberger July 24, 2017

We listened to feedback from POP Club markets across the country and have updated the POP Club Toolkit for FMC Members! It now includes over 50 newly designed downloadable resources and guides. The popular Power of Produce (POP) Club provides a fun opportunity to engage younger customers in the farmers market through conversations directly with…