Category Archives: News

Raise Money and Build Community with Engaging Online Fundraising

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2020

This blog post is a follow up to our webinar with the same title. You can watch the webinar and see the slides here.  Happy National Farmers Market Week! While this year’s celebration may look and feel different than years past, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that farmers markets are truly essential. Across the country, farmers…

FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Diana Broadaway July 10, 2020

For all of us, life right now involves a mix of uncertainty, fear, hope and determination. For nearly six months, the world has been grappling with the affects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this has upended nearly every aspect of society, the impacts to our food system have been significant and far-reaching. As farmers…

Make Your Social Media Plan Early for NFMW

Hannah Fuller July 9, 2020

Social media is always an important tool to connect with our national network. This year, with in-person interactions limited, online communications are more important than ever for sharing National Farmers Market Week messaging far and wide. National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8th, but now is the time to start planning how your market can participate. This Social…

Celebrating Resiliency this National Farmers Market Week

Hannah Fuller July 8, 2020

Coming up next month is the 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, 2020! Despite challenges never experienced before, the national farmers market community has showcased resilience in our rapidly changing world. Farmers markets have always been a hub for innovation, and farmers market operators are at the forefront of adapting rapid…

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.…

Farmers Markets Across Nation Face Potential Economic Crisis From COVID-19

Ben Feldman May 11, 2020

A version of this piece was published in Civil Eats in May 2020. Across the country, farmers markets operators–the organizations and individuals who plan, coordinate, and run America’s farmers markets, are engaging in herculean efforts to protect their communities from COVID-19. But even as interest in local foods spikes nationwide, many  market operators face the…

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 — Best Practices, Examples, and Resources

Darlene Wolnik March 18, 2020

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 farmers. In response, market operators are developing communications, preparing contingency plans, and in some regions, beginning to…

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…

Metrics 2020

Erica Anderson February 24, 2020

As it’s early in the new year (and decade!), I want to reflect on what lies ahead in terms of data collection and Metrics. FMC’s 2020 priorities and direction for Metrics stem from us learning that direct work with Metrics users early in the process gets a much greater return in user satisfaction than continuing…