Category Archives: News

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…

2019 National Poster Contest Winners

Maya Clark July 9, 2019

The Farmers Market Coalition and Farm Aid are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 National Farmers Market Poster Contest. Since 2014, Farmers Market Coalition has hosted the National Farmers Market Poster Contest to showcase the creative ways that farmers markets around the country are advertising in their communities. Both FMC and contest sponsor…

FMC is Planning for the Future! And We Want Your Input.

Honesta Romberger May 30, 2019

Dear FMC Members, Our field is one of constant change. The needs of farmers market operators are always in flux and as the only national voice for farmers markets, it is important that our work reflects the changing landscape. With that in mind, one task the FMC board has set for me as Interim Executive…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 1

Darlene Wolnik May 8, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”, while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 2

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”,  while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

Are There Too Many Farmers Markets? Notes from the Market Field, Part 3

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In March of 2019, NPR did a story on farmers markets; unfortunately, it was focused only on how some leaders and vendors believe there may be “too many markets”,  while others found that focus to be an inaccurate or a misleading framing of farmers markets in the…

USDA Announces Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Application Period Now Open

Honesta Romberger April 18, 2019

Read USDA’s press release below. FMC will follow-up shortly with more information and tips for applying. April 18, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $23 million in competitive grant funding to support the development and expansion of local and regional food markets, enterprises and producer-to-consumer marketing. The Farmers Market and Local…

Call for Presentations & Posters for the 2019 Nat’l Direct Ag Summit

Jen O'Brien April 17, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: The 2nd annual National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit will take place from October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago-area). FMC will also be hosting pre-Summit activities, including a state association leader meeting, an emerging issues panel, and business development fair with small group and one-on-one consulting for farmers market managers on topics such as organizational…

Get Ready for the 2019 National Farmers Market Poster Contest!

Honesta Romberger April 12, 2019

Get those posters ready – the Farmers Market Coalition is once again teaming up with Farm Aid to host the 2019 National Farmers Market Poster Contest, April 29th – May 31th! Now in its 5th year, the annual contest celebrates the creativity and diversity of America’s farmers markets by showcasing market posters on a national level. For…

99 Members of Congress Sign-On in Support of WIC FMNP

Honesta Romberger April 4, 2019

by Ben Feldman, FMC Executive Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.orgThanks to the hard work and advocacy of FMC members and partners, Congress made a strong show of support for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Led by Representatives Adriano Espiallat, and Barbara Lee, 99 members of Congress signed on to the letter, asking the House Agriculture Appropriations…