Category Archives: News

Board of Directors Election 2018 Slate of Candidates

Liz Comiskey January 12, 2018

Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and local food, who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Please read the candidate biographies below and get ready to vote on February 11, 2018. Members…

San Diego Farmers Markets: “We work for food!”

Allie Vrtachnik January 8, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the San Diego Markets! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram for the duration of two weeks to share with you a look into our three weekly farmers’ markets: Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, North Park Thursday Market, and the Little Italy Mercato, plus our educational InTents Conference (February 26-27, 2018) for…

Countryside Winter Farmers Market: Where Recreation Meets Agriculture

Allie Vrtachnik December 20, 2017

Ohio’s Countryside Conservancy’s main season and winter markets are situated in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where agricultural activities date back over 2,000 years. The Countryside Initiative Program, established in 1999, enables farmers to lease within the park to reinvigorate and continue the lands’ rich agricultural history. Several of these farms and farms within 75 miles…

FMC Teams Up with Farmspread to Offer Integrated Market Management & Data Collection Tools

Honesta Romberger December 18, 2017

As part of our continuing efforts to provide our membership with the best resources for market managers and their vendors, FMC is excited to announce our first-ever official partnership with the vendor management website, Farmspread! What is Farmspread? Farmspread is a comprehensive and user-friendly market and vendor management tool. Market managers’ time is precious, and…

Woodland Park Farmers Market: Come for the Mountains, Stay for the Food

Allie Vrtachnik December 12, 2017

Woodland Park is a Colorado mountain town. Sitting at a lofty 8,400 ft beside Pikes Peak, known as ‘America’s Mountain’ for it’s mention in “America The Beautiful”, Woodland Park is natural playground of sorts with its many outdoor offerings. Woodland Park can be taken advantage of and enjoyed year round, and the same can be…

A Farewell Letter from Former FMC Board President, Bernadine Prince

Honesta Romberger December 11, 2017

  A Farewell Letter from Former FMC Board President, Bernadine Prince As I step down as president of the board of the Famers Market Coalition (FMC), I have reflected on the growth of FMC and the importance of its work on behalf of farmers markets and direct market farmers. In 2008, I was introduced to…

FMC Leadership Transitions

Honesta Romberger

Bernadine Prince for has served on the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, serving six of those years as President. FMC has flourished under her leadership, gratefully benefitting from her experience and expertise as a co-founder and director of DC’s incredible FRESHFARM Markets. Since retiring from FRESHFARM in the fall…

Your Donations in Action!

Honesta Romberger December 4, 2017

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.

Allie Vrtachnik November 29, 2017

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

Darlene Wolnik November 28, 2017

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…