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FRESHFARM: more than markets.

FRESHFARM is still a fresh face after 20 years establishing DC, Maryland, and Virginia area farmers markets. Originally launched in 1996 as an American Farmland Trust public education program, Ann Harvey Yonkers and FMC’s Bernie Prince started FRESHFARM’s first market in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood in ‘97, and FRESHFARM became its own independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit…

Meet KK and Will Proffitt of Hoodley Creek

Kathleen “KK” Proffitt has been connected to land and animal since day one. Watching her grandfather milk the family cow, Adorabelle, climbing the hay feeders’ ladder to find nests full of eggs, and stopping by the hog pen to throw scraps are just some of her fond, childhood memories. During those early summers, KK, a…

Farm Bill Update: The Local FARMS Act & Its Farmers Market Provisions

  Congress’ top two agenda items before year’s end—passing a 2018 budget and overhauling the nation’s tax code—continue to spill over into the Farm Bill.  In order to advance tax reform efforts, the House and Senate budget committees both passed 2018 budget bills last week. The House bill contained instructions to the Agriculture Committee to…

Farmers Market SNAP Incentive Program Exceeds $1.2 Million in Massachusetts

By Gus Schumacher, Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave and Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Food and Agriculture Note: A week before his passing, Gus Schumacher penned this article, describing the runaway success of a program that was near and dear to his heart—the Healthy Incentive Program in his home state of Massachusetts. Never one to do things…

Spotlight on Nolensville Farmers Market

The Nolensville Farmers Market was a prescribed dream for a hungry community. Dr. Miro Bandalo, current market Vice President, and several of his patients wanted access to fresh, local foods. After some envisioning and planning, he assembled the market’s Board of Directors. Other community markets graciously allowed some of the board members to shadow and…

USDA Announces 2017 FMPP Grantees

This week, USDA awarded 52 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grants totalling 13.4 million dollars. FMC extends our warmest congratulations to all recipients, especially our members and partners who were awarded FMPPs this year, including the Food Trust, National Young Farmers Coalition, Ecology Center, the Center for Rural Affairs, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, Florida…

Farmers Market Connections Support Georgia Farmer During Hurricane Irma

On Thursday September 7th, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to include 30 Georgia counties, and ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas east of 1-95. For Savannah farmer and resident Chris Molander, the issued evacuation was a blow itself. “The mandatory evacuation notice (which was issued on Thursday and revoked by Saturday…

Remembering Gus Schumacher

With great sadness we share that FMC Board Member and tireless force for good, Gus Schumacher, passed away on September 24th. Gus was an incredible inspiration to so many, and played a huge role in the growth and success of farmers markets across the country. He will be enormously missed. A celebration of Gus’ life…

Disaster Assistance for Florida Growers

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Florida Organic Growers has compiled a list resources for markets and producers affected by the storm.

Pittsburgh, Here We Come!

Last week, FMC began work with the City of Pittsburgh to complete a comprehensive analysis of the city’s market system. The goal of the study is to better understand the role of markets throughout the city and develop a plan for growth that improves equitable access to fresh, affordable food, while supporting the region’s producers.…