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 TOFGA’s Disaster Relief Fund

Outside of Houston and along the Gulf Coast, hundreds of organic and sustainable farmers and ranchers need your help. You can help by contributing to TOFGA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardener’s Association (TOFGA) is a statewide volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping organic and sustainable producers.The Disaster Relief Fund was established during the 2011…

Spotlight on Urbana Market at the Square

Urbana’s Market at the Square is taking over FMC’s Instagram through next Monday. This 37 season strong market is jam packed with programs that provide customers with local food access, cooking education, and a healthy dose of fun. Those that know it best, such as Sterling Bollman, Urbana’s Assistant Director, know that the market is genuinely invested…

FMC Visits Capitol Hill to Discuss Farm Bill

  Last week, Farmers Market Coalition staff and board members were on Capitol Hill as part of our ongoing discussions with legislators about FMC’s legislative priorities and the farm bill. In recent months FMC has visited with legislative ag staff, attended listening sessions, and worked with local markets to bring their representatives to market. This…

G.R.O.W. Harrisburg Fosters Community in Augusta, Georgia

By Allie Vrtachnik | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org   When Augusta, Georgia comes to mind or mention, there’s only a few prominent remarks that one could make. Perhaps one could call to mind its past- its industrial glory days boasting profitable cotton barges and textile factories. Or more likely, golf, a sport synonymous with Augusta. It’s unbelievable how…

Congrats 2017 #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners!

This summer, market fans were challenged to get creative and show their market love by posting photos to Instagram incorporating our I ‘Heart’ Farmers Markets tattoos. The photos entered into our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest piece together a beautiful mosaic of what farmers markets mean to communities across America. If you haven’t already done so, please take a look…

Meet Ginger & Tony Malek of Grandma & Grandpa’s Farm

“Farmer’s markets are a central location where we can connect, educate and build relationships with many people instead of just a few,” says Ginger Malek. She and her husband Tony operate Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm, and are vendors at Peoria Riverfront Farmers Market and Junction City’s Farmers Market. Ginger was born and raised on her…

Fed Reserve Report, Installment 1: Infrastructure

  By Alex Canepa, Research and Education Director | alex@farmersmarketcoalition.org The U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the USDA, recently released a landmark study, Harvesting Opportunity The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. The book-length report  documents the sustained growth of the local-food sector,…

Snohomish Farmers Market: a place for everyone.

Snohomish Farmers Market is a beloved fixture in its local Washington scene. Currently in their 26th season, the market is nestled in the town’s historic district near older institutions such as the Carnegie Library, the town’s oldest remaining public building. With a vibrant Pop Club program, collaborations with local artists, and fun events like an…

Guest Instagram for FMC: 2018 Call!

It’s that time again! We’re currently seeking markets to take over FMC’s Instagram account throughout 2018. It’s one of the ways we put a little attention on the good things happening at markets across the country. We’ve been blown away by our current and past participants, and the amazing work captured and shared with our followers. So why…

Meet Darin Blunier of Bluhaven Farm

  Dale Blunier was an Illinois grain and livestock farmer who loved dabbling in new ventures. In the early 1970s, Dale set his sights on raising a half acre of Japanese White Hulless popcorn, and by 1975, it was a popular commodity amongst friends and neighbors. Years later, his son Darin Blunier would continue on…