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Fed Reserve Report, Installment 2: Investing in Human Capital through Food Systems

Honesta Romberger October 25, 2017

By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In recent months, FMC has been taking a closer look at the recent landmark study, Harvesting Opportunity The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities in a series of blog posts. [Click here to read our first installment on Infrastructure] The book-length report documents the sustained…

Skokie Farmers Market: Enjoying the Local Language of Food.

Allie Vrtachnik October 24, 2017

Just outside of Chicago is the village of Skokie, a Potawatomi word meaning “marsh”.  Skokie is ethnically diverse and its residents speak over 80 different languages. Yet there is one local language that brings them together on Sundays from June to November- and that language is food. The Skokie Farmers Market has been around for…

Field Notes on the Amazon / Whole Foods Merger

Honesta Romberger October 19, 2017

By  Alex Canepa & Dar Wolnik Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion not only sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, but created a veritable cottage industry of thought pieces and jeremiads: “Would the new Whole Foods still have a soul?” “Did it ever have a soul?” “Why does Amazon suddenly care…

Need equipment to accept SNAP at your market? FMC has you covered!

Honesta Romberger October 17, 2017

Everyday, farmers markets nationwide connect farmers to their neighbors – allowing them to grow their business while providing communities with fresh, local food necessary to support healthy families. The Farmers Market Coalition is committed to supporting local farmers, and increasing access to farm-fresh food for all communities, regardless of income. To meet these dual goals,…

FRESHFARM: more than markets.

Allie Vrtachnik October 16, 2017

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

Allie Vrtachnik October 15, 2017

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

Allie Vrtachnik October 13, 2017

  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

Honesta Romberger October 10, 2017

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

Allie Vrtachnik October 6, 2017

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

Honesta Romberger September 29, 2017

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…