Category Archives: News

USDA Farmers Market, Local and Regional Food Systems Grants Announced

Hannah Fuller October 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that it has awarded $27 million in grant funding through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and $9.3 million in grant funding through the new Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. The grants fall under the Local Agricultural…

Hitching Your Market’s Wagon to a Star

Hannah Fuller September 30, 2020

This post was originally published on Darlene Wolnik’s Helping Public Markets Grow Blog. This blog was originally created during the period that our Training & Technical Assistance Director was working as an independent consultant to markets and to FMC. The focus of the blog continues to be opening discussions around systemic change and a theory…

Disaster Preparation and Recovery: Farmers Markets

Hannah Fuller September 16, 2020

Learn what you need to know about markets and disasters on our Disaster Resources for Markets and Farms page.  Climate change is predicted to bring more frequent and extreme weather events to all parts of the world. This summer we have already seen historic fires, storms, floods and temperature swings—on top of a global pandemic.…

Drive-Thru Markets: Innovation to Keep Communities Safe

Ethel Recinos September 14, 2020

Market leaders are familiar with daily crisis control, but when the crisis is a global pandemic, the resilience and innovation of farmers market operators is vital. One way markets have adapted to COVID-19 has been by implementing drive-thru and curbside delivery and online purchasing methods.  Although diversifying sales and delivery methods have been effective ways…

Technology and Farm Direct Channels: Solving Problems

Katie Myhre September 4, 2020

Of all the definitions for technology out there, the one I like the most is “knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools.” In my experience fighting for a regional-based food network, the problems our food communities face have always been the focal point. At center of creating a strong local…

Reflecting on National Farmers Market Week 2020

Hannah Fuller August 26, 2020

The 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week took place August 2nd through 8th. Seeing the engagement of market operators and dedicated supporters throughout social media during the week made it clear from the start that this NFMW was a great success despite the historic challenges faced by farmers market operators nationwide due to…

Seen but not heard: Farmers markets on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis 

Hannah Fuller August 17, 2020

Photo by Reana Kovalcik 2020, at FARMFRESH Farmers Market in DC The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly our food supply chain can be interrupted. While farmers markets are often viewed as a privilege for the well-off, this pandemic has cemented markets as essential businesses that have an important role to play in increasing access…

Sharing Our Values and Standing Up Against Racism — Guest Post from Napa Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller August 6, 2020

The following is a guest blog post by Cara Mae Wooledge, MPH, Market Manager of Napa Farmers Market for National Farmers Market Week. During the week, we are recognizing the important work of farmers market operators as leaders in their communities. Active initiatives towards equity and inclusion are vital components of FMC’s mission to strengthen…

Raise Money and Build Community with Engaging Online Fundraising

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2020

This blog post is a follow up to our webinar with the same title. You can watch the webinar and see the slides here.  Happy National Farmers Market Week! While this year’s celebration may look and feel different than years past, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that farmers markets are truly essential. Across the country, farmers…

FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Diana Broadaway July 10, 2020

For all of us, life right now involves a mix of uncertainty, fear, hope and determination. For nearly six months, the world has been grappling with the affects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this has upended nearly every aspect of society, the impacts to our food system have been significant and far-reaching. As farmers…