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National Farmers Market Week: a snapshot of the celebrations captured by the media

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

The 19th annual National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 5th-11th, 2018) was celebrated coast to coast and in fabulous fashion. We had all hands on deck tracking and attending the week’s events. The resources, tools, and templates that FMC makes available to markets every year are meant to be utilized to help promote and plan for…

USDA Announces 2018 FMPP, LFPP, & SCBGP Grant Recipients

Honesta Romberger September 20, 2018

ICYMI: This week, USDA announced this year’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grant recipients. Congratulations to the 2018 awardees, especially to FMC members and colleagues. Looking forward to seeing the great work that grows from these projects! You can view the list of…

2018 #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners

Honesta Romberger September 14, 2018

All we can say is, WOW. This year, we once again asked local food fans across the country to enter our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest and help us celebrate our love for farmers markets. And did you guys ever deliver! From coast to coast, and everywhere in between, (including a few from our friends in Australia!),…

DEADLINE for LAMP Sign-on Letter is Tomorrow, Sept 7th.

Honesta Romberger September 6, 2018

As Congress returns from recess, the farm bill is a top priority. With the 2014 farm bill set to expire September 30th amid ongoing disagreements about SNAP work requirements, members of Congress are feeling the pressure to deliver a bill on time. Unfortunately for farmers markets, the fate of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)…

A Weekend of Flavor, Culture, & Exploration: Recapping the 2018 Slow Food Nations Event

Darlene Wolnik August 30, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In the middle of July, I flew to Denver to attend the second annual Slow Food Nations event. Advocates, funders, farmers, food writers, and organizers were all in attendance over the two days of events held in and around Larimer Square in the LoDo District, near to Boulder County Farmers…

Act this week to tell Congress you love LAMP!

Honesta Romberger August 28, 2018

As the House of Representatives returns from its August recess in a few days, the House-Senate Conference Committee on the farm bill is set to meet for the first time on September 5th. As this date quickly approaches, we have an especially important window of opportunity to elevate our voices in support of vulnerable programs…

Farm Bill Update: Tell Congress You Love LAMP!

Honesta Romberger August 17, 2018

I hope you all had a great National Farmers Market Week! I know I did. You can read more about all the amazing NFMW activities in FMC’s post here. Now that the week is over, and the storm has calmed regarding the worst of the Novo Dia situation, we need you to turn your attention…

See you at Summit: Brian Coppom

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Brian Coppom: Brian Coppom is the Executive Director of the Boulder County Farmers Markets. Brian, his wife, and their three children are residents of Longmont, Colorado – a small and formerly-ag community outside of Boulder. His work history is primarily made up of working in small or entrepreneurial organizations in various roles. Prior to…

Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Offers $145K in Startup Funds for Entrepreneurs

Darlene Wolnik

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, today opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 including: •   Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000 •    People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000…

Congrats to the Jamestown Public Market, winner of Farmspread’s NFMW Directory Contest!

Allie Vrtachnik August 15, 2018

New York’s Jamestown Public Market was just announced as the Farmspread NFMW Contest winner! By claiming the Jamerstown Public Market market profile on Farmspread and adding the market to the NFMW page directory, the market was entered into the NFMW contest and randomly selected as the recipient of one, free Farmspread season! Over 205 markets were represented on…