Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of FMC Executive Director, Charisse McGill

Honesta Romberger January 23, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of the Farmers Market Coalition’s Executive Director, Charisse McGill. We extend our deepest condolences to Charisse’s friends and family, in particular, her dear daughter, and to the farmers market community as a whole. Charisse was a devoted mother, daughter, community leader, businesswoman, and advocate.…

University of Wisconsin and FMC Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger January 16, 2024

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University of Wisconsin and Farmers Market Coalition Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets January 16, 2024 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is excited to announce an award from the USDA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program…

WorldFMC Partnership and Rome Visit Update

Honesta Romberger November 3, 2023

by Dar Wolnik, Farmers Market Support Director As a founding member of the World Farmers Market Coalition (WFMC), we at the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) participate in as much as we can, including the Academy studios held on Zoom where different components of farmers market organization are discussed among peers, facilitated by WFMC’s Head of…

FMC Announces Market Manager Fly-In to Capitol Hill

Honesta Romberger August 10, 2023

FMC is thrilled to announce the upcoming Market Manager Fly-In in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., scheduled tentatively for the 2nd week of September! What’s Happening? Thanks to generous additional funding from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, FMC has the opportunity to invite a select group of market managers to…

Farmers Market Managers are Eager to Make Change: A Report on the Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit Community of Practice in 2022-23

Honesta Romberger August 6, 2023

By Nedra Deadwyler and Nina Budabin McQuown The Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit is a framework designed by Black food systems leaders for market managers to implement anti-racist practices throughout their farmers market community to improve experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). When the toolkit came out a year ago, the response was enormous!…

First-ever Congressional Resolution Recognizing National Farmers Market Week

Honesta Romberger August 2, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the week of August 6 – 12, 2023 has officially been designated as “National Farmers Market Week” through a first-ever congressional resolution recognizing the celebration, co-sponsored by Senator Padilla and Senator Ernst, with support from FMC! This is a monumental occasion for all involved in the world of farmers…

Sign-on Letter Supporting Reduction in Matching Funds in Local Farms and Food Act

Honesta Romberger July 6, 2023

In an effort to improve the recently introduced Local Farms and Food Act and to seek a reduction in Matching Funds required as part of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, FMC recently circulated a sign-on letter among our networks. The letter has accumulated incredible support, with…

Beloved Community: Tips on Running a Juneteenth Event at your Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger June 25, 2023

By Nino Budabin McQuown and Sagdrina Jalal Last week, communities and farmers markets across the country honored Juneteenth—celebrating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the American South in 1865. For this post, we talked with Sagdrina Jalal, lead consultant on the Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit, and award-winning local food systems organizer, about what Juneteenth…

Farmers Market Organizations Wanted for National Research Study

Honesta Romberger May 26, 2023

FMC is sharing an opportunity to participate in a research study on farmers market organizations, conducted by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) and Dr. Hilary King at Emory University. They want your help to identify farmers markets across the country. Many farmers markets are run by organizations that exist to manage that one market. But just…

2023 FMC Updated Policy Priorities

Honesta Romberger May 11, 2023

As Farm Bill negotiations heat up, we would like to take the opportunity to share our revised Farm Bill priorities. This update includes priorities related to the acceptance and processing of SNAP and other federal nutrition benefits at farmers markets, specifically the need to: Provide farmers and markets with appropriate and no-cost equipment to process…