Category Archives: News

2024 Call for FMC Board Nominations

Honesta Romberger April 9, 2024

FMC invites interested individuals to nominate themselves for candidacy in the upcoming 2024 annual Board of Directors election. Five seats are available for this election cycle. Our volunteer Board of Directors is composed of individuals with proven leadership in farmers markets or sustainable food systems, aligned with FMC’s mission to strengthen farmers markets for the…

USDA Improves FMLFPP Thanks to FMC Recommendations

Honesta Romberger March 12, 2024

USDA-AMS recently released the Request for Proposals under the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, also referred to as FMPP and LFPP under the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). This year, they have implemented changes to the program which come as a result of FMC recommendations to make the program more effective in meeting…

USDA Announces Grant Funding and New Resources Available for Local and Regional Food Systems Development

Honesta Romberger March 4, 2024

USDA Announces Grant Funding and New Resources Available for Local and Regional Food Systems Development Release No.: 46-24 Contact:  Public Affairs (202) 720-8998 PA@usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $26 million for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) to help local and regional food…

Help Us Tell the Story of the Modern Farmers Market Movement

Honesta Romberger February 14, 2024

In an effort to understand the evolution of farmers markets over the last 50 years, FMC’s Dar Wolnik is seeking market stories that share how individual farmers market organizations got their start.  As a market leader, consultant, researcher, and now as FMC’s senior program person, Dar has studied the modern farmers market movement in the…

With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of FMC Executive Director, Charisse McGill

Honesta Romberger January 23, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of the Farmers Market Coalition’s Executive Director, Charisse McGill. We extend our deepest condolences to Charisse’s friends and family, in particular, her dear daughter, and to the farmers market community as a whole. Charisse was a devoted mother, daughter, community leader, businesswoman, and advocate.…

University of Wisconsin and FMC Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger January 16, 2024

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University of Wisconsin and Farmers Market Coalition Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets January 16, 2024 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is excited to announce an award from the USDA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program…

WorldFMC Partnership and Rome Visit Update

Honesta Romberger November 3, 2023

by Dar Wolnik, Farmers Market Support Director As a founding member of the World Farmers Market Coalition (WFMC), we at the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) participate in as much as we can, including the Academy studios held on Zoom where different components of farmers market organization are discussed among peers, facilitated by WFMC’s Head of…

FMC’s Market Manager Fly-In to D.C.: A Productive Exchange

Bec Sloane September 28, 2023

Reporting by FMC Policy Intern, Sarah Hale. Last week, for the culmination of this year’s chapter of our Farmer Fly-In Project, the Farmers Market Coalition had an intense two-day fly-in to Capitol Hill. Here’s a recap of our engaging and rewarding interactions with legislators and their staff. September 13, 2023 We began the day with…

FMC Announces Market Manager Fly-In to Capitol Hill

Honesta Romberger August 10, 2023

FMC is thrilled to announce the upcoming Market Manager Fly-In in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., scheduled tentatively for the 2nd week of September! What’s Happening? Thanks to generous additional funding from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, FMC has the opportunity to invite a select group of market managers to…

Farmers Market Managers are Eager to Make Change: A Report on the Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit Community of Practice in 2022-23

Honesta Romberger August 6, 2023

By Nedra Deadwyler and Nina Budabin McQuown The Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit is a framework designed by Black food systems leaders for market managers to implement anti-racist practices throughout their farmers market community to improve experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). When the toolkit came out a year ago, the response was enormous!…