Category Archives: News

New Information Regarding Novo Dia Group Shutdown

Honesta Romberger July 16, 2018

EDIT: this blog post (the information below the dotted line) was posted July 16, 2018. Since then, FMC published a ‘Novo Dia Group Shutdown Info Page’ where impacted markets and farmers, as well as leaders and organizations keeping an eye on the issue can go to find the latest news, updates, statements, FAQs, fundraisers, advocacy efforts, and…

St. Louis, Michigan to Proclaim National Farmers Market Week

Allie Vrtachnik July 13, 2018

by Allie Vrtachnik, FMC Program Associate | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org Michigan’s St. Louis Farmers Market is getting the ball rolling for National Farmers Market Week (August 5-11) by securing a city-recognized proclamation! This will be the first time National Farmers Market Week is proclaimed in the city of St. Louis. As an FMC member, Market Manager Linda…

MarketLink Program To End Service By July 31st

Honesta Romberger July 9, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org An article published today by the Washington Post concerns Novo Dia Group (NDG), an equipment provider that processes SNAP, EBT, WIC and FMNP purchases at farmers markets and farm stands nationwide. The article announces that NDG will go out of business July 31st, effectively ending their MarketLink…

Put Your Market on the Map for National Farmers Market Week

Honesta Romberger July 5, 2018

We’re teaming up with our friends at Farmspread to help markets celebrate National Farmers Market Week! Farmspread created a nationwide NFMW Directory Page that helps markets boost their visibility and plans for the annual event. Communities can use the directory to find a celebrating market near them, and learn more about their special activities, events, and more.…

National Farmers Market Week Media Kit

Honesta Romberger July 3, 2018

National Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the ways your market makes a difference in your community! But finding the time and resources to share these benefits can be difficult. That’s why we created the NFMW Media Kit. Everything you need to promote and prepare for National Farmers Market Week is here, all in…

Important SNAP EBT Updates: What Your Market Needs to Know

Emma Hansen June 25, 2018

SNAP EBT Equipment Program When FMC’s SNAP EBT Equipment Program closed in November 2017, FMC had proudly approved 1,771 applicants to receive equipment of their choice: 1,005 farmers markets and 744 direct marketing farmers. FMC’s contract with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to administer the SNAP EBT Equipment Program ended in November of…

2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest Winners

Allie Vrtachnik June 15, 2018

This year, 160 farmers markets from 41 states submitted their unique market posters to the National Farmers Market Poster Contest. FMC staff, Farm Aid, and the contest judges were blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions. These posters individually speak to their respective markets, but collectively embody the commitment and involvement communities have…

(Webinar) Cottage Food Laws: Adequately Addressing Food Safety and Economic Opportunity?

Darlene Wolnik June 14, 2018

  Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Nearly every state in the U.S. has a cottage food law that allows entrepreneurs to produce certain food products in their homes with little regulatory oversight.  Many applaud these laws for creating opportunities for producers to generate income from the small-scale production of foods that have a…

Markets. Farmers. Customers. Leaders. We are FMC!

Honesta Romberger June 13, 2018

When farm bill discussions began earlier this year, we sent FMC members to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of small farmers and farmers markets. And when the harmful House farm bill was voted down last month, it was phone calls and emails to legislators from FMC members who helped make that happen. From fighting for a…

Spotlight on Emporia Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik June 12, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Emporia 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 surrounds…