Author Archives: Stephanie Fenty

Open Letter to FNS

Stephanie Fenty September 18, 2019

The following letter was sent to FNS in September of 2019 on behalf of markets and the organizations that support them around the country. See the PDF here.  Brandon Lipps Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington DC 20250  Dear Mr. Lipps,  In a…

Millions Celebrate Markets During 20th Annual National Farmers Market Week

Stephanie Fenty September 3, 2019

Homer Farmers Market in Alaska loved their free NFMW banner! @homerakfarmersmarket The 20th Annual National Farmers Market Week took place from August 4 to August 10. After some time crunching the numbers, the FMC team is delighted to report that NFMW 2019 was a great success!  Thank you all for your hard work and participation!…

NFMW 2019: Celebrating Entrepreneurship at Farmers Markets

Stephanie Fenty August 4, 2019

This National Plant-Based Foods Company’s Best Launch Pad? The Farmer’s Market How Hodo went from farmers market favorite to national powerhouse National Farmers Market Week is finally here, and we are highlighting one of the many examples of entrepreneurs who started at farmers markets. Hodo is a perfect example of how farmers markets can stimulate…

FMC on the Road: California, Oregon, Alaska, and Massachusetts

Stephanie Fenty March 28, 2019

February and March were busy for FMC staff, who have been traveling to conferences from coast to coast meeting with farmers market leaders, hearing the issues facing the local food sector, as well as learning about potential solutions. We’ve also been presenting the lessons we’ve gained working with markets, offering the tools, methods, and technical…

FMC Mini-Grants Support SNAP Programs Across the Country

Stephanie Fenty March 20, 2019

Last year, FMC awarded seven $500 SNAP Mini-Grants to farmers markets and farmers across the country who displayed a clear commitment to expanding SNAP programming, and connecting SNAP shoppers in their communities to healthy, affordable food. Here’s a first look at the great work resulting from the funding. Keya Wakpala Community Farmers’ Market Mission, SD…

2019 Georgia Market Innovation Mini-Grant

Stephanie Fenty February 27, 2019

Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG)’s 2019 Market Innovation Mini-Grant is available to current partners of Georgia Fresh For Less. WWG’s mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food for all Georgians. WWG strengthens local food communities by empowering networks of farmers market and farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices.…

2019 ILFMA Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2019

2019 Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market April 4, 2019 Allerton Mansion, Monticello, IL Register Here Do you manage or sell at a farmers market? Or maybe you’re interested in the local food movement? Then save the date of Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) annual conference  at Allerton Park…

Illinois Farmers Market and Food Access Manager Position

Stephanie Fenty January 16, 2019

Position: Farmers Market and Food Access Manager Organization: The Land Connection: Champaign, Illinois Reports To: Executive Director Employment Status: Part Time, Non-Exempt Salary: $14-$18/hour Summary Job Description The Farmers Market and Food Access Manager will be responsible for developing and running The Land Connection’s Champaign Farmers Market each year from May through October, as well…

2018 Illinois Farm Bureau’s Live Local: Local & Regional Food Conference

Stephanie Fenty October 11, 2018

November 5-17, 2018 Bloomington, IL | DoubleTree by Hilton Register at www.ilfb.org/livelocal

39th Annual American Community Gardening Association Bi-National Conference in Georgia

Stephanie Fenty August 21, 2018

Tending to the Beloved Community 39th Annual Conference Atlanta, GA September 13 – 16, 2018 Where:  Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia What:  A Pre-Conference Workshop with The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology “Building Meaningful Collaborations” Thursday evening networking reception 36 workshops Friday evening gala and auction at the elegant Atlanta Botanical Garden Workshops covering cutting-edge horticulture…