Category Archives: News

Farm Bill Update: the Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

Honesta Romberger April 16, 2018

Last Thursday, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, introduced draft farm bill legislation, which Democrats and anti-hunger groups were quick to deride. For farmers markets, the legislation in its current form would be something of a mixed bag. The best news in the bill for farmers markets comes from the Food Insecurity…

Spotlight on the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Allie Vrtachnik April 6, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Santa Cruz River 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…

Markets: Location, location, location

Darlene Wolnik April 4, 2018

Requests for technical assistance tend to come in here at FMC in clusters, and we have noticed one grouping has been on market locations. From choosing a new site, negotiating an agreement with a host, adding infrastructure to designing the right layout for an expanding market, the questions have become ever more complex as markets…

Get Ready for the 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest!

Allie Vrtachnik April 3, 2018

Get those posters ready – the Farmers Market Coalition is hosting the 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest, April 15th – May 15th! Now in its 4th year, the annual contest celebrates the creativity and diversity of America’s farmers markets by showcasing their posters on a national level. Submit your contest posters HERE! Follow along with…

Tell Your Legislators to Support Farmers Markets in 2018 Farm Bill

Honesta Romberger March 29, 2018

  Now is the time! As the senate begins writing their draft of the farm bill, we are learning through our contacts on Capitol Hill that legislators need to hear more from the farmers market community. Let’s get on it! Please take a few moments to call or email your Congressional Representative and Senators to…

“Quick-action” grants from AARP Community Challenge available

Darlene Wolnik March 27, 2018

2018 TIMELINE March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge May 16: Applications are due by 5 pm ET June 25: Winning applicants will be notified by email by this date November 5: All projects must be completed December 3: After Action Reports due For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the…

Appropriations Bill Wins for Farmers Markets & Farm Bill Update

Honesta Romberger March 23, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Appropriations On Thursday, the House passed a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which now needs to pass the Senate before Friday to avoid another government shutdown. Funding for key farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, WIC and Senior Farmers…

Congress Shows Broad Support for WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Honesta Romberger March 22, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, 42 members of Congress, led by Congressman Adriano Espiallat, sent a letter of support for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program to the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee. This statement of support is important following the release of the Presidential Budget Proposal last month, which proposed…

Guide to Applying for a Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

Honesta Romberger March 20, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Each year, FMC fields many calls from markets and vendors asking for advice on how to best approach applying for a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant. This post focuses on FMPP, as it is the chief funding for markets interested in promotion, but the other…

The What and Why of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, Part 3: Risk Management

Darlene Wolnik March 19, 2018

By Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and the Farmers Market Coalition, the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit was developed for market leaders looking for legal tools and resources to help them build resilient farmers markets in their…