Author Archives: Stephanie Fenty

Market Managers Fight for Community Food Access with Nutrition Incentive Programs

Stephanie Fenty August 5, 2020

Ever since Cheryl Whilby became the Market Manager of Schenectady Greenmarket, her dream has been to increase the purchasing power for customers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). COVID-19 added urgency to this mission and united the Schenectady, New York community to find a solution to the challenge of keeping good food accessible to vulnerable…

Farmers Markets Are Essential—And So Are the Policy Relationships They Hold

Stephanie Fenty August 4, 2020

*This post was originally published on National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog on July 30th, 2020 in celebration of National Farmers Market Week* No matter how you look at it, 2020 has been a challenging and uncertain year to be in the farmers market business. The impacts of COVID-19 were felt hard and fast by farmers…

July Policy Update and Call to Action

Stephanie Fenty July 21, 2020

Coronavirus Relief In May the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act. At that time, FMC began calling on our members to contact Senate offices and ask for support for farmers market operators as part of their relief package. While the Senate has been slow to move so far, it now appears that the Senate…

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.…

Growing Your Grassroots

Stephanie Fenty May 28, 2020

The data that FMC has collected over the past decade and a half indicate what many suspect: farmers markets are important staples in our communities. Not only a place to buy fresh local produce, farmers markets serve as a place to connect with others and be reminded of the integral role food plays in our…

Ask the Senate to Provide Relief to Farmers Market Operators

Stephanie Fenty May 17, 2020

Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives introduced the latest and largest of its COVID-19 relief package, expected to pass the chamber later this week. The $3 trillion bill includes support for food and agriculture programs, but could have done more to address systemic problems in our food system. Notably, the bill includes $50 million in…

Senate Stimulus Bill Extends $9.5 Billion Lifeline to Local Food Economy

Stephanie Fenty March 25, 2020

Farmers Market Coalition urges swift movement in the House to keep national farm and food system strong Washington, D.C., March 25, 2020 – After an all-night negotiation, the Senate today passed a two trillion-dollar stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus,…

Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 — Daily Updates and Announcements

Stephanie Fenty March 9, 2020

 This post was originally published on March 9, 2020 and is updated as new information becomes available.  As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, farmers market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are vital to food access for consumers and the livelihoods of…

President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2020

On Monday, the President’s FY 2021 budget proposal was released. In addition to significant cuts to agriculture and safety net programs, the proposal once again suggests eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). Ending such a program would undermine years of work to ensure that independant American family-owned farms are able…

2020 WIC FMNP Fly In Application

Stephanie Fenty February 11, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition is recruiting farmers and market managers for our latest advocacy initiative: The WIC FMNP Fly-in Project. With support from Patagonia and in partnership with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, FMC will be flying up to 8 farmers and market managers to DC to speak directly to their Members of Congress about the…