Category Archives: News

Your Donations in Action!

We here at FMC are thankful for your generosity! Thanks to your donations, we were able to kick off the Farmer Fly-In Project last month, by sending Liz Whitehurst, owner of Owl’s Nest Farm, to speak with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Liz, a Maryland farmer (who was also recently featured in a Washington Post article about…

Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market: A Market on a Mission.

Kokomo, Indiana is known as “the City of Firsts”. It was in Kokomo that the first American automobile was commercially produced, the first pneumatic rubber tire, first carburetor, first stainless steel, first push button car radio, the first commercially-produced can of tomato juice, and first mechanical corn picker. Kokomo residents are proud of their city’s…

Farmers Market Metrics and Market Vendors

By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org (A version of this article was published in Growing For Markets August 2017 issue by Dar Wolnik. To subscribe, go to GFM online) Since the 1970s, farmers markets have been started by various groups in order to serve many purposes. The timeline below is arranged by the major…

FMC Seeks a New Crop of Leaders!

  Some of the FMC Board of Directors and staff at the 2016 retreat in Washington, DC. The Board of Directors of the Farmers Market Coalition is currently soliciting qualified nominations for upcoming positions on the Board of Directors. This is an excellent opportunity to take a leadership role in a growing nonprofit organization dedicated…

Montavilla Farmers Market: We’re All in this Together!

Portland Oregon’s Montavilla neighborhood has just been dubbed by Lonely Planet as one of ten U.S. neighborhoods you need to visit. A standout neighborhood suggestion is a Sunday visit to the Montavilla Farmers Market. Founded in 2007, the market is a popular weekend fixture on Stark Street. Sitting in the shades of Mt. Tabor, a dormant…

From Civil Eats: Farmers Markets are Beloved, but the Government May Cut Their Funding

A recent Civil Eats article about Farmers Market Promotion Program has raised concerns from members about the likely fate of of the program. The article correctly points out that the Presidential Budget for FY2018 that came out back in May proposed eliminating funding for that program, but fails to mention that the House Agriculture Appropriations…

Fed Reserve Report, Installment 2: Investing in Human Capital through Food Systems

By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In recent months, FMC has been taking a closer look at the recent landmark study, Harvesting Opportunity The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities in a series of blog posts. [Click here to read our first installment on Infrastructure] The book-length report documents the sustained…

Skokie Farmers Market: Enjoying the Local Language of Food.

Just outside of Chicago is the village of Skokie, a Potawatomi word meaning “marsh”.  Skokie is ethnically diverse and its residents speak over 80 different languages. Yet there is one local language that brings them together on Sundays from June to November- and that language is food. The Skokie Farmers Market has been around for…

Field Notes on the Amazon / Whole Foods Merger

By  Alex Canepa & Dar Wolnik Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion not only sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, but created a veritable cottage industry of thought pieces and jeremiads: “Would the new Whole Foods still have a soul?” “Did it ever have a soul?” “Why does Amazon suddenly care…

Need equipment to accept SNAP at your market? FMC has you covered!

Everyday, farmers markets nationwide connect farmers to their neighbors – allowing them to grow their business while providing communities with fresh, local food necessary to support healthy families. The Farmers Market Coalition is committed to supporting local farmers, and increasing access to farm-fresh food for all communities, regardless of income. To meet these dual goals,…