Category Archives: News

Reflecting on National Farmers Market Week 2020

Hannah Fuller August 26, 2020

The 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week took place August 2nd through 8th. Seeing the engagement of market operators and dedicated supporters throughout social media during the week made it clear from the start that this NFMW was a great success despite the historic challenges faced by farmers market operators nationwide due to…

Seen but not heard: Farmers markets on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis 

Hannah Fuller August 17, 2020

Photo by Reana Kovalcik 2020, at FARMFRESH Farmers Market in DC The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly our food supply chain can be interrupted. While farmers markets are often viewed as a privilege for the well-off, this pandemic has cemented markets as essential businesses that have an important role to play in increasing access…

Sharing Our Values and Standing Up Against Racism — Guest Post from Napa Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller August 6, 2020

The following is a guest blog post by Cara Mae Wooledge, MPH, Market Manager of Napa Farmers Market for National Farmers Market Week. During the week, we are recognizing the important work of farmers market operators as leaders in their communities. Active initiatives towards equity and inclusion are vital components of FMC’s mission to strengthen…

Raise Money and Build Community with Engaging Online Fundraising

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2020

This blog post is a follow up to our webinar with the same title. You can watch the webinar and see the slides here.  Happy National Farmers Market Week! While this year’s celebration may look and feel different than years past, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that farmers markets are truly essential. Across the country, farmers…

FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Diana Broadaway July 10, 2020

For all of us, life right now involves a mix of uncertainty, fear, hope and determination. For nearly six months, the world has been grappling with the affects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this has upended nearly every aspect of society, the impacts to our food system have been significant and far-reaching. As farmers…

Make Your Social Media Plan Early for NFMW

Hannah Fuller July 9, 2020

Social media is always an important tool to connect with our national network. This year, with in-person interactions limited, online communications are more important than ever for sharing National Farmers Market Week messaging far and wide. National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8th, but now is the time to start planning how your market can participate. This Social…

Celebrating Resiliency this National Farmers Market Week

Hannah Fuller July 8, 2020

Coming up next month is the 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, 2020! Despite challenges never experienced before, the national farmers market community has showcased resilience in our rapidly changing world. Farmers markets have always been a hub for innovation, and farmers market operators are at the forefront of adapting rapid…

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.…

Farmers Markets Across Nation Face Potential Economic Crisis From COVID-19

Ben Feldman May 11, 2020

A version of this piece was published in Civil Eats in May 2020. Across the country, farmers markets operators–the organizations and individuals who plan, coordinate, and run America’s farmers markets, are engaging in herculean efforts to protect their communities from COVID-19. But even as interest in local foods spikes nationwide, many  market operators face the…

Senate Stimulus Bill Extends $9.5 Billion Lifeline to Local Food Economy

Stephanie Fenty March 25, 2020

Farmers Market Coalition urges swift movement in the House to keep national farm and food system strong Washington, D.C., March 25, 2020 – After an all-night negotiation, the Senate today passed a two trillion-dollar stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus,…