Category Archives: News

Seasonal Food Guide Connects Shoppers with Peak Season Food

The 2017 Poster Contest was a huge success, thanks to our sponsor, Seasonal Food Guide! The Seasonal Food Guide is a free online tool and app that helps consumers find out what produce is in season in their state year round. Created by GRACE Communications Foundation, the Seasonal Food Guide website and Seasonal Food Guide…

FMC’s 2017 Poster Contest Winners!

  National Farmers Market Week is upon us and we are thrilled to continue the celebration with this year’s poster contest winners. Our judges were so inspired by the beautiful and informative designs submitted by 100 farmers markets across the country. The decision certainly wasn’t an easy one, and even the Facebook fans had a…

The Muskogee Farmers Market Working Together to Achieve Healthy, Affordable Food Options for Everyone Jade Owen, Meredith Scott, Rob John, Andy Herringshaw, Sylvia Swan (Click here to view a .pdf version of the story below) About the Market Located in the Southern region of Oklahoma’s Green Country, the City of Muskogee, with a population of less…

A Taste of Tacoma Increasing Food Access Builds Community, Partnership, and Local Businesses Stacy and Shawn Carkonen, Tacoma Farmers Market | August 2017 (Click here to view a .pdf version of the story below) Introduction of Market Tacoma is a city of 200,000 located about 30 miles south of Seattle. It’s the feisty and fiercely-proud blue-collar…

FMC Members Among 32 FINI Grantees

Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced 32 grants totaling $16.8 million to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. Since the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program’s inception, farmers markets have realized some of the greatest gains in promoting food access through the program. Speaking at the award…

A SNAPshot of Successful Farmers Markets Across the United States

Take a tour of market successes! In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, the Farmers Market Coalition is excited to present a series of Farmers Market Success Stories featuring markets from across the country working to improve access to fresh, local products for low-income community members. Successful markets share tips and best practices for growing…

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers…

Meet Jenny Quiner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens

Farm“her” Jenny Quiner, a Des Moines native, has been busy digging at D.U.G.– that is Dogpatch Urban Gardens. Busily in her second season, she has embraced small-scale farming and completely utilizes the farm’s 1/4th acre. “Small-scale farming has its advantages because it allows for me to ‘know my crops’,” explains Jenny. “Since the land is…

A Look at Farmers Markets and Advocacy for Today and Tomorrow

As Congress begins its August recess, we’re taking stock of the advocacy work accomplished so far in 2017, and charting the course for the year to come. Based on direction from the Farmers Market Coalition board of directors, the organization has increased our engagement in the the lead-up to the next Farm Bill. Earlier this…

FMC Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Hundreds of ranchers and farmers from across Texas and the Southwest gathered on the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas yesterday for the first of three Farm Bill listening sessions scheduled during Congress’ August recess. These listening sessions allow members of the the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture to hear directly from…