Author Archives: Liz Comiskey

Package of bills co-sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank aims to help farmers markets

Liz Comiskey March 8, 2019

Democratic leaders have three ideas to increase sales of local farm produce. WRITTEN BY READING EAGLE HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democrats are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers markets. The prime sponsors of the package are state Sen.…

2018 FMC Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

Liz Comiskey December 7, 2018

Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and local food, who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Please read the candidate biographies below and get ready to vote on January 8, 2019 after our…

Strategies for Success at Rural Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2018

Are you a grower selling at rural farmers markets? Curious to learn about resources and tools available to help you grow your market presence? Join Penn State Extension and The Food Trust for a free workshop about rural farmers markets. This workshop will cover pricing strategies and resources for farmers, techniques for how to best connect with your customers, and an…

Farmers say nonprofit that had stand at Reading Terminal owes them thousands

Liz Comiskey October 19, 2018

Fair Food began as a nonprofit aimed at connecting local farmers to chefs and grocers who could buy their products. It grew to include a farmstand that sold meat, produce and dairy in Reading Terminal Market for 15 years. Now, six months after that stand closed for good, some farmers say Fair Food owes them thousands…

Maine Federation of Farmers Markets Seeks ED

Liz Comiskey October 16, 2018

Position: Executive Director The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) seeks a visionary and committed leader to grow our organization. MFFM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Maine farms, farmers, and farmers’ markets. We are the only statewide organization in Maine representing the interests of direct-to-consumer farmers and producers. MFFM provides support to Maine’s…

Fresh food program expands to serve more Maine seniors

Liz Comiskey September 7, 2018

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program got some extra cash, allowing it to eliminate its waiting list and open up the program to 1,000 more participants. Read full article.

No crop left behind: NH Gleans harvests for food equity, access

Liz Comiskey August 28, 2018

If a hardworking group of volunteers has anything to say about it, there will be no crop left behind in the fields and markets of New Hampshire. In a small state where one in 10 residents grapples with food insecurity, these foragers span the natural land from Portsmouth to Keene in an effort to get…

Markets and Truffles: Delaware Couple Invested in Ag

Liz Comiskey August 27, 2018

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Prince believes that the future of farm markets is bright. She is the co-founder and was the former co-director of FreshFarm, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that operates a network of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. FreshFarm, with its school programs, chef demonstrations and other innovations, is considered a…

Maine farmers’ markets buck national trend, officials say

Liz Comiskey

Maine’s farmers’ markets appear to be bucking a national trend of lower participation, according to research by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. The federation is conducting a survey on its website to gauge participation in farmers markets that asks about their buying habits, where they shop and how much they spend. “Not many of markets track…

Just How Sustainable Is Local Agriculture in the Midcoast?

Liz Comiskey August 24, 2018

Every year since 2013, Maine has secured the number- two spot on the national “Locavore Index,” a measure of commitment to the availability and consumption of healthy local food. (www.strollingoftheheifers.com/- locavore/) The culture surrounding fresh food is becoming one of the state’s greatest lures — for visitors and for new farmers. In a state survey, nearly…