Category Archives: News

Welcome, New FMC Board Members!

Honesta Romberger February 19, 2018

FMC is pleased to welcome seven new additions to the Board of Directors. This year, the election resulted in a tie for the sixth spot, and since FMC’s bylaws permit adding seven members, the Board decided to include both candidates. Our new Directors are: Adrienne Akers, Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market, IN (photo 1) Corey Chatman, Experimental…

The Dallas Farmers Market: Cultivating Life

Allie Vrtachnik February 15, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from The Dallas Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…

President’s 2019 FY Budget Proposal: Bad News for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger February 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Released Monday, the President’s budget proposal contains little good news for farmers markets. In addition to massive cuts to SNAP, the proposal zeroes funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and Farmers Market Promotion Program. Taken together, the proposed budget…

Why farmers markets and federal programs that support them are vital to our ranch

Honesta Romberger

by Amy Greer, owner and operator of Winters Family Beef and Farmer Fly-In Project participant In 2008 my dad gave his children a choice: take up the family ranching business or risk losing the Winters-Wall Ranch, located outside of Brady, Texas. Our family has been ranching the land since 1875, a year before McCulloch County was…

Democracy in Action: Highlights from the Farmer Fly-In Project

Honesta Romberger February 9, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week was the culmination of months of planning for the Farmer Fly-In Project. Thanks to your donations, and despite a wild week in D.C., we were able to bring six farmers and one market manager to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill about the importance of…

InTents Conference is Intent on Increasing Profits at Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey February 5, 2018

The annual InTents Conference helps small farmers and food makers increase profits and reduce stress by honing their farmers’ market business skills. Sessions cover inventory management, costing, packaging, marketing, effective displays, staff training, expansion funding and more on February 26th and 27th in San Diego, California, with an additional day of sessions on Sunday, February 25th specifically for start ups. Limited to 350 attendees from throughout…

Roslindale Farmers Market: Keeping the Farm Fresh Food Coming

Allie Vrtachnik February 2, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Roslindale Farmers Market! We are taking over FMC’s Instagram for the duration of two weeks to share with you a look into our market. Our market is loved by our community – and for good reason! As a new “visitor” at our market, there are a few things you ought…

Count Down to National Farmers Market Week 2018!

Allie Vrtachnik January 29, 2018

One of the more frequent questions we get throughout the winter months is “When is National Farmers Market Week?” This year, the answer is August 5-11, 2018! The annual celebration has always fell on the first full week of August, since its debut 19 years ago. Below are a few more FAQs about our favorite…

Bellevue Moms Launched A Weekly Farmers Market That’s More Than Just A Place To Buy Produce

Liz Comiskey January 26, 2018

3 minute interview Venczel, a stay-at-home mom, said she and two friends — Erika McAfee and Kim Reed — decided to harness that energy last spring. During an April brainstorming session of a Bellevue parents’ group, one idea stood out: a farmer’s market. The three friends decided to go for it. It would be a…

Notes from the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Darlene Wolnik January 25, 2018

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In truth, my favorite farmers market conferences are those that also include solid tracks for farmers. Having both groups in one place, able to peek into various sessions and use the social time to hear from their peers usually on the other side of the table is…