Category Archives: News

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 2: Looking to the Future

Honesta Romberger February 19, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and that the overall number of returning customers is also slipping. In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik examined the origins of the CSA movement in the U.S…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 1: The Rise, Decline, & Reinvention

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and fewer number of returning customers. FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik takes a look at the issue in this two-part blog series. Here in Part 1, she examines the origins of the CSA…

FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh…

Farmers Markets Aid Communities During Times of Disaster & Hardship

Honesta Romberger February 4, 2019

by Cindy Bunch – Executive Market Manager, Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market oldebeaufortfarmersmarket@gmail.com *FMC Note: Farmers markets are renown for helping and bringing communities together in times of difficulty. Most recently, farmers markets nationwide offered support to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. News sprung up from markets across the country including the Lewisburg Farmers…

Input Requested: How can we create health-focused, sustainable food systems? 

Darlene Wolnik January 31, 2019

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food invites you to share your experiences and views on the critical opportunities for and barriers to creating a healthy food system. This survey takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and closes on Monday 11th February 2019. Who should complete the survey? We’re seeking input from…

BREAKING: Novo Dia Group, Inc. secures $2 million investment from Square

Honesta Romberger January 30, 2019

In an effort to provide continued support to its customers and farmers markets nationwide, Square will invest $2 million in Novo Dia. “Investing in Novo Dia is a no-brainer—their SNAP and WIC payment-acceptance tools provide a critical service to important and underserved customers,” said James Loftus, Square Corporate Development Lead. “Our investment will make sure…

Welcome, New FMC Board Members!

Honesta Romberger January 24, 2019

Last week, FMC’s membership elected new leaders from a very strong slate of candidates to join our Board of Directors. FMC is pleased to welcome Elise Ashby, Amy Crone, and Anupama Joshi, along with Gary Matteson who was re-elected.  We also want to thank two former members of the board that have put in countless…

A Letter from FMC Interim Executive Director, Ben Feldman

Honesta Romberger

  Dear FMC Members, It’s been three weeks since I began my new position as Interim Executive Director with the Farmers Market Coalition, and it has flown by. It is my great pleasure to take the reins of this organization for the next six months and hopefully beyond. When I began my work with local…

Technical Assistance for FMLFPP grantees

Darlene Wolnik

The Agricultural Marketing Service Resource Portal and Support Network supports awardees of the Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotions Programs (FMPP and LFPP) in the implementation of current grant projects. In partnership with the Agricultural Marketing Service, this program is led by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Penn State University. The project…

FMC Partners with Ambetter to Provide $84,000 in Vouchers to Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger January 17, 2019

by Liz Comiskey, Membership & Outreach Director | liz@farmersmarketcoalition.org FMC recently teamed up with Ambetter Health to provide $98,000 in mini-grant funding to farmers markets across the country. During the early winter open-enrollment period, Ambetter sponsored 14 farmers markets in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, and Florida. Each market distributed recipes, tote bags, and $5 vouchers for…