Author Archives: Mykalee McGowan

Integrating Sustainability At Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan October 13, 2021

For many, farmers markets serve as a hub for sustainability, caring for your local farmer, and being environmentally conscious. Giving the community access to high quality, local produce at a fair price for both farmer and consumer is the ultimate goal for many markets. Creating a healthy space where the community can come together, chat,…

Four Farmers Markets Led By Indigenous Communities

Mykalee McGowan October 11, 2021

Every second Monday of October marks Indigenous People’s Day, a holiday that honors Native people’s role in America’s past, present, and future. Traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous sciences have shaped so many of our current farming practices and Native farmers, producers and makers have been fostering sustainable local food systems for centuries.  In celebration of…

Lessons in Process: What we’ve learned supporting the development of an Anti-racist Toolkit for Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan September 1, 2021

Since January, FMC has been supporting a work group of 10 Black food systems experts to develop an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets. Led by Sagdrina Jalal (Lead Technical Advisor/Facilitator) and Nedra Deadwyler (Lead Researcher & Content Builder), this work group has been meeting monthly to examine farmers markets at a high level, identifying the…

Top 5 Farmers Market References in Popular TV Shows

Mykalee McGowan August 5, 2021

1. Parks and Recreation, Season 6 Episode 12 I love this episode because it feels like it could have been written by someone who’s spent a lot of time at farmers markets. Leslie Knope must have borrowed from FMC talking points in introducing the market: “It’s good for the economy, it’s good for families, and…