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Top 5 Farmers Market References in Popular TV Shows

Mykalee McGowan August 5, 2021

1. Parks and Recreation, Season 6 Episode 12 I love this episode because it feels like it could have been written by someone who’s spent a lot of time at farmers markets. Leslie Knope must have borrowed from FMC talking points in introducing the market: “It’s good for the economy, it’s good for families, and…

Profile: Columbia Farmers Market + Columbia’s Agriculture Park

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Columbia Farmers Market! Mission: The mission of the Columbia Farmers Market is to provide both the local farmer and consumer a reliable, regulated marketplace for the direct exchange of high quality and safe…

Profile: Boise Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Boise Farmers Market in Boise, Idaho!   Mission: The Boise Farmers Market supports a regenerative, healthy food and agricultural system by operating a vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown and crafted products.  Vision:…

Profile: New Roots Bronx Community Farm

Hannah Fuller August 3, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. First up, the New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm! At New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm, the mission of developing a community-driven food system extends far beyond growing food. The half acre farm — which was previously…

Researchers, USDA, and Local Food Networks Explore Impact of COVID-19 on Local and Regional Food Systems

Diana Broadaway July 30, 2021

In the late spring of 2020, FMC joined a collaborative project led by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the University of Kentucky, which included 16 other local food system communities of practice and network leaders. The year-long “Local Food Systems Response to COVID” project was designed both to spotlight the work done by…

Marketing Tips for an Ever Changing Marketplace: increase sales, foot traffic and repeat customers

Hannah Fuller July 12, 2021

Summer is now upon us, and we’re in the full swing of the farmers market season. All of the happy and excited faces of customers are walking from booth to booth to pick their favorite, fresh local produce, eggs and meats. It is an amazing time to be in the food movement and so vital…

WIC FMNP Advocacy Update Summer 2021

Hannah Fuller June 23, 2021

Earlier this year, the Farmers Market Coalition called on our members and broader farmers market community to ask their Members of Congress to sign on in support of an increase in funding to the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). Thanks to those advocacy efforts, “Dear Colleague Letters” in both the House and Senate resulted…

The 2021 National Farmers Market Week Toolkit is Here!

Hannah Fuller June 16, 2021

National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is our favorite celebration of the year here at FMC. The past year has been quite the haul for farmers market operators, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the resilience of our farmers markets nationally, and everything they do to serve their communities locally. After releasing portions of the FMC National…

Adding Incentives to Your Market

Hannah Fuller June 2, 2021

In a 2019 article for the American Journal of Health Promotion, researcher Dr. Darcy Freedman identified six factors correlated with the increased use of SNAP at farmers markets. Of these, by far the highest increase came from additional incentives. Freedman wrote that “weekly SNAP Sales at markets were 69.9% higher if two or more incentive…

Announcing Support for Farmers Markets Applying for FMPP Grants

Hannah Fuller May 19, 2021

**REMINDER: This year the timeframe for applying to the USDA AMS FMLFPP funding has been shortened to 45 days with applications being accepted now through June 21, 2021.**   As FMLFPP season gets into full swing, Farmers Market Coalition will be offering direct consultation and peer-to-peer support opportunities to farmers market organization FMPP applicants through an…