Category Archives: News

2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest Winners

Allie Vrtachnik June 15, 2018

This year, 160 farmers markets from 41 states submitted their unique market posters to the National Farmers Market Poster Contest. FMC staff, Farm Aid, and the contest judges were blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions. These posters individually speak to their respective markets, but collectively embody the commitment and involvement communities have…

(Webinar) Cottage Food Laws: Adequately Addressing Food Safety and Economic Opportunity?

Darlene Wolnik June 14, 2018

  Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Nearly every state in the U.S. has a cottage food law that allows entrepreneurs to produce certain food products in their homes with little regulatory oversight.  Many applaud these laws for creating opportunities for producers to generate income from the small-scale production of foods that have a…

Markets. Farmers. Customers. Leaders. We are FMC!

Honesta Romberger June 13, 2018

When farm bill discussions began earlier this year, we sent FMC members to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of small farmers and farmers markets. And when the harmful House farm bill was voted down last month, it was phone calls and emails to legislators from FMC members who helped make that happen. From fighting for a…

Spotlight on Emporia Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik June 12, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Emporia Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…

Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger June 11, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org On Friday, the Senate Agriculture Committee delivered a bipartisan farm bill that stands in sharp contrast to the draft that failed in the House, particularly as it relates to farmers markets. While the House Bill slashed funding for key farmers market programs, the Senate Bill provides robust…

UPDATE: Small Wins in Senate for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger June 6, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org With the Senate Appropriations Committee’s recent approval of the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, the farmers market industry received a piece of good news. Key federal farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and both the WIC and…

Gotta Move That Market? It Can Be Done.

Darlene Wolnik May 28, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik. darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org   Here is a great article from Catt Fields White who is the founder and CEO of the San Diego Markets, on a recent 4-year “temporary”  move for one of her markets, Little Italy Mercato. As she says in here, “Cue muffled sobs.” The “pod” idea explained in the article is interesting and I…

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest…

What does the House Farm Bill ‘No’ Vote Mean for Farmers Markets?

Honesta Romberger May 24, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted down a draft of the farm bill, with thirty House Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting ‘no’ on the bill. Thanks to YOU and our allies in food and farming who made their voices heard through visits, emails,…

Let’s Make National Farmers Market Week Local

Darlene Wolnik May 21, 2018

by Dar Wolnik | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org FMC Program Associate Allie Vrtachnik has been working closely with the USDA AMS team on materials and activities for 2018 National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), updating citations and graphics for markets and state associations, and organizing potential in-person market events for officials to attend during that week. The primary message for…