Author Archives: Mykalee McGowan

Profile: Downtown Appleton Farm Market

Mykalee McGowan August 5, 2022

For #FarmersMarketWeek, we are featuring a few amazing markets across the nation that are doing impactful work in their communities. Today, we are featuring Downtown Appleton Farm Market in Appleton, WI. 1. What is the mission of your market?  ADI’s mission is to make Downtown Appleton a vibrant and accessible destination for business, learning, living,…

Profile: Jamestown Public Market

Mykalee McGowan

For #FarmersMarketWeek, we are featuring a few amazing markets across the nation that are doing impactful work in their communities. Today, we are featuring Jamestown Public Market in Jamestown, NY. 1. What is the mission of your market?   Our mission is to build the city of Jamestown’s local food system through the promotion of…

Profile: Jefferson County Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan

For #FarmersMarketWeek, we are featuring a few amazing markets across the nation that are doing impactful work in their communities. Next up is Jefferson County Farmers Markets in Washington. 1. What is the mission of your market? The Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM) support local farmers and artisans with vibrant marketplaces that cultivate community and…

Seeking Short Videos for National Farmers Market Week Project

Mykalee McGowan July 1, 2022

Farmers Market Coalition and Mother Earth News are collaborating to make a short video for Nation Farmers Market Week. We are looking for short clips of market operators answering the question, what makes your farmers market special? If you are interested in participating, here are a few more details below. Video must be 10-20 seconds…

Celebrating All of US

Mykalee McGowan June 28, 2022

June is Pride Month and across the world lesbian, gay, transgender, gender fluid, intersex, queer, and folks of various gender identities and sexual preferences celebrate our freedom to be who we are. I’m going to use the term “queer” to reflect my best effort to include all of us.  June is also the month of…

WIC FMNP Advocacy Update: Summer 2022

Mykalee McGowan May 23, 2022

Part of the job of Congress is to pass a budget and appropriate funds to carry out the work of the government. While the fiscal year begins October 1, the annual appropriations cycle is a lengthy one. As part of the process, members of Congress use what are known as “Dear Colleague Letters” to demonstrate…

Creating Size Inclusive Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan May 9, 2022

If you attended the Nutrition Incentive Hub Convening, then you probably know that Ragen Chastain’s presentation, “​​Combating Anti-Fat Bias in Nutrition Incentive Work,” was a show-stopper. You can still view the presentation here if you didn’t catch it at the time! Meanwhile, we asked Ragen to write about how farmers market operators can address anti-fat…

Farmers Markets: Systemic Change Agents

Mykalee McGowan April 1, 2022

In the last 45 years, farmers markets have gone from nearly nonexistent to a cultural touchstone associated with fresh, high quality, values-based foods and a system that facilitates billions of dollars in sales to small scale, independent farmers. Here at FMC, we eat, sleep, and breathe farmers markets. As a result, we see the incredible…

Welcome, New FMC Board Members

Mykalee McGowan March 16, 2022

Spring is a time of growth and change, and every spring FMC’s Board of Directors holds elections and gets ready for the busy year to come. This year, we welcome 3 new members, 2 re-elected members, and a new slate of officers to our board of directors.  Before announcing the new board of directors, we…

2022 FMC Policy Priorities

Mykalee McGowan February 16, 2022

FMC’s board recently approved the organizations’ legislative priorities to guide our work over the next year. These priorities are based on input from market managers about challenges they have experienced, analysis from FMC staff, and feedback from our contacts at USDA and on the hill. A note on SNAP EBT: The fact that SNAP is…