Category Archives: News

Call to Action: Urge Congress to Support the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Hannah Fuller April 13, 2021

Together, we can stand up for WIC FMNP and increased access to fresh produce nationwide! On Friday, the White House issued its FY2022 budget proposal, which signals the beginning of the Appropriations process. While setting funding levels belongs to Congress, not the President, the budget proposal is important as it signals the priorities of the…

Connection and Collaboration: Nutrition Incentive Hub 2021 National Convening Recap

Ethel Recinos April 6, 2021

By now, you’ve probably heard us talk about FMC’s role in the Nutrition Incentive Hub. A quick recap: FMC, Ecology Center and Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) make up the Farm Direct Team within the Nutrition Incentive Hub. We represent and provide support for farm direct operations like farmers markets, CSA’s and farm stands. The…

Update from NIFA Regarding GusNIP Request for Applications Language

Hannah Fuller March 24, 2021

In response to feedback from Farmers Market Coalition and our partners, earlier this month USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a revised Request For Applications (RFA) for the 2021 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program. We greatly appreciate the attention of USDA as well as Members of Congress to this very significant issue.  The…

InTents: The Farmers Market Conference – FMC Preview

Hannah Fuller March 3, 2021

As the weather starts to warm up and we head into spring, many farmers markets operators are wrapping up a season of learning through virtual conferences, meetings, and training. One of our favorite gatherings of farmers market operators and vendors is the InTents: The Farmers Market Conference, hosted by Farmers Market Pros.  The conference season…

Online SNAP at Markets: On the Horizon, not out of reach

Katie Myhre February 24, 2021

Online SNAP: On the horizon, not out of reach.  In March 2020, the world went online. Restaurants, retailers, and farmers alike were suddenly asked to sell their products via pre-order, curbside pickup, “contactless” delivery, or any variation of the new household terms COVID-19 brought us. In the first three months of the U.S. outbreak alone,…

February Policy Round Up

Hannah Fuller February 17, 2021

Farmers Market Coalition recently helped to lead a sign-on letter to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture regarding a very concerning change to the Request for Applications for the current round of funding through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program. The language in question reads: “GusNIP allows the use of incentives only for qualifying…

Beyond Equity Statements: Black food leaders building an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets

Ethel Recinos February 3, 2021

Farmers markets have benefited from the reputation of being inherently good for people, communities, and economies. It’s easy to frame markets in this positive light. A farmers market search will bring up images of outdoor markets with smiling shoppers connecting with their neighbors and local farmers. These images will also reveal the unfortunate fact that…

Letter to USDA AMS Regarding LAMP COVID Funding

Hannah Fuller February 2, 2021

At the end of a tumultuous year, the Senate passed both a long overdue COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill. Both of these activities included important victories for farmers and farmers market operators, but also highlighted the need to critically consider how these programs and funds will be administered by USDA…

Takeaways from Match the Market

Ethel Recinos February 1, 2021

When Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and Pinnacle Prevention received the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant, Aryn Mclaren (Iowa Healthiest State Initiatives) and Adrienne Udarbe (Pinnacle Prevention) focused their efforts on expanding the types of participating outlets to include farmers markets and brick and mortar sites. Aryn and Adrienne knew making the leap to…

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators Make When Choosing EBT Devices 

Katie Myhre January 29, 2021

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators make when choosing EBT Devices  Farmers markets around the country have been moving towards accepting additional currencies like SNAP benefits in order to make farm-direct food accessible to all shoppers. However, the nature of farmers markets and federal nutrition benefit programs requires that market operators have special equipment – EBT…