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Beyond Equity Statements: Black food leaders building an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets

Hannah Fuller February 3, 2021

Farmers markets have benefited from the reputation of being inherently good for people, communities, and economies. It’s easy to frame markets in this positive light. A farmers market search will bring up images of outdoor markets with smiling shoppers connecting with their neighbors and local farmers. These images will also reveal the unfortunate fact that…

Letter to USDA AMS Regarding LAMP COVID Funding

Hannah Fuller February 2, 2021

At the end of a tumultuous year, the Senate passed both a long overdue COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill. Both of these activities included important victories for farmers and farmers market operators, but also highlighted the need to critically consider how these programs and funds will be administered by USDA…

Takeaways from Match the Market

Hannah Fuller February 1, 2021

When Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and Pinnacle Prevention received the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant, Aryn Mclaren (Iowa Healthiest State Initiatives) and Adrienne Udarbe (Pinnacle Prevention) focused their efforts on expanding the types of participating outlets to include farmers markets and brick and mortar sites. Aryn and Adrienne knew making the leap to…

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators Make When Choosing EBT Devices 

Katie Myhre January 29, 2021

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators make when choosing EBT Devices  Farmers markets around the country have been moving towards accepting additional currencies like SNAP benefits in order to make farm-direct food accessible to all shoppers. However, the nature of farmers markets and federal nutrition benefit programs requires that market operators have special equipment – EBT…

Communities of Practice: Fostering Communication and Collaboration

Diana Broadaway January 13, 2021

Nurturing communities and the connections they foster is central to strengthening local and regional food systems. These communities may be formal or informal, large or small. We may not realize how many of these communities we participate in each day and how these opportunities to share with and learn from one another influence our personal…

Webinars, Resources & TA: A Year of Highlighting Market Operators in the Nutrition Incentive Hub

Hannah Fuller January 7, 2021

As the new calendar year kicks off and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) team begins working towards 2021 goals, it’s important to celebrate the foundational work and accomplishments made in 2020.  Last year brought many opportunities for farmers markets and FMC. A major one was collaborating with Ecology Center and Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA)…

COVID Package for Farmers Markets

Hannah Fuller January 4, 2021

In a flurry of activity at the end of the year, the federal government passed both a COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bill. While these activities were a long time in the coming, both include important victories for farmers and farmers market operators.  The Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020…

How Can FMC Help Markets Analyze This Year?

Hannah Fuller December 21, 2020

In 2020, many farmers market managers had to figure out a different staffing plan and find money in slashed budgets for traffic cones, new signs, and cleaning supplies. Amid all of that and more, they also responded to a number of surveys to make sure data and lessons from this difficult year were not lost.…

New Farmers Market Legal Toolkit Free Speech Resource

Hannah Fuller December 10, 2020

The team at Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), in partnership with FMC and NOFA-Vermont, is pleased to share a new legal resource for farmers market operators.   Many farmers markets face questions about free speech—in particular, what types of restrictions markets can place on activities like leafleting, political campaigning, and protesting.…

Metrics and Beyond

Ben Feldman

As 2020 comes to a close, farmers market operators across the country are reflecting on a year like no other, reviewing their results, and attempting to use the lessons to plan for 2021. While the future remains uncertain in many regards, the ability of markets to plan and prepare for the future is tied to…