Category Archives: News

FMC Analysis: Why the 2018 Farm Bill is Good for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger December 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org After months of inaction and political maneuvering, Congress has hit the gas on the farm bill, introducing the Farm Bill Conference Report late Monday night, and then holding votes in both the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday. The report represents the final compromise between the…

Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, & Local Food

Honesta Romberger December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​honesta@farmersmarketcoalition.org Phone: 717-443-8723   Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, and Local Food December 11, 2018 – After months of delay and disagreement, Congress finally released the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, the compromise between the House and Senate versions, late Monday night. In a surprise…

2018 FMC Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

Liz Comiskey December 7, 2018

Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and local food, who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Please read the candidate biographies below and get ready to vote on January 8, 2019 after our…

How Farmers Markets Can Respond to the Romaine Lettuce Scare

Honesta Romberger December 5, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Just prior to Thanksgiving, the CDC and FDA took the unusual step of warning shoppers to avoid all romaine lettuce, stating “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.” The advice came as a response…

FMC Perspective: Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger November 16, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org You may have seen the recent study released by Penn State University on food safety at farmers markets. As the study gained attention from various news outlets, members and supporters reached out to us with concerns about the way it was being reported. Some news stories contained…

Help Us Make Markets, Farmers, & Communities Stronger

Honesta Romberger November 12, 2018

Twelve years ago, the Farmers Market Coalition began as a small group of farmers market managers, coming together to support the growing movement dedicated to local food. Since then, FMC has expanded into a diverse network of leaders from every state, and a resource center for local food professionals. We have become a powerful voice for farmers markets,…

FMC Announces 2nd Round of SNAP Mini-Grants

Honesta Romberger November 8, 2018

Earlier this month, we announced the first recipients of FMC’s SNAP Mini-Grant Program, and opened up the program to applicants nationwide. The program was created to aid farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers impacted by the impending shutdown of Novo Dia Group, the country’s largest processor of SNAP EBT at farmers markets. After more careful consideration, we are…

See You at Summit: Dar Wolnik

Allie Vrtachnik November 7, 2018

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Dar Wolnik:   Darlene Wolnik is FMC’s Senior Research Associate. A national advocate and trainer for farmers markets, Dar has worked in the field for over fifteen years. Her background contains both extensive community organizing initiatives and innovative small business projects. She managed markets for for New Orleans-based Market…

FMC 2018 State of the Market Organization Survey

Honesta Romberger

CLICK HERE to take the survey We want to learn more about your market organization! Each year, FMC receives scores of questions from market organizations, researchers, reporters, and funders seeking more information about how farmers markets across the country operate. Will you take a few minutes to complete FMC’s 2018 State of the Market Organization online survey?…

Farm Bill Update: Countdown to the Midterm Election

Honesta Romberger October 22, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org We are now 22 days past the expiration date of the 2014 Farm Bill, and with both chambers of Congress now on recess through the midterm elections, critical food and agriculture programs remain in limbo. The hope is still that Congress can pass a farm bill during the…