Category Archives: News

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…

Farmers Market Connections Support Georgia Farmer During Hurricane Irma

Allie Vrtachnik September 28, 2017

On Thursday September 7th, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to include 30 Georgia counties, and ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas east of 1-95. For Savannah farmer and resident Chris Molander, the issued evacuation was a blow itself. “The mandatory evacuation notice (which was issued on Thursday and revoked by Saturday…

Remembering Gus Schumacher

Jen O'Brien September 27, 2017

With great sadness we share that FMC Board Member and tireless force for good, Gus Schumacher, passed away on September 24th. Gus was an incredible inspiration to so many, and played a huge role in the growth and success of farmers markets across the country. He will be enormously missed. A celebration of Gus’ life…

Disaster Assistance for Florida Growers

Alex Canepa September 21, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Florida Organic Growers has compiled a list resources for markets and producers affected by the storm.

Pittsburgh, Here We Come!

Honesta Romberger

Last week, FMC began work with the City of Pittsburgh to complete a comprehensive analysis of the city’s market system. The goal of the study is to better understand the role of markets throughout the city and develop a plan for growth that improves equitable access to fresh, affordable food, while supporting the region’s producers.…

 TOFGA’s Disaster Relief Fund

Alex Canepa

Outside of Houston and along the Gulf Coast, hundreds of organic and sustainable farmers and ranchers need your help. You can help by contributing to TOFGA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardener’s Association (TOFGA) is a statewide volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping organic and sustainable producers.The Disaster Relief Fund was established during the 2011…

Spotlight on Urbana Market at the Square

Allie Vrtachnik

Urbana’s Market at the Square is taking over FMC’s Instagram through next Monday. This 37 season strong market is jam packed with programs that provide customers with local food access, cooking education, and a healthy dose of fun. Those that know it best, such as Sterling Bollman, Urbana’s Assistant Director, know that the market is genuinely invested…

FMC Visits Capitol Hill to Discuss Farm Bill

Honesta Romberger

  Last week, Farmers Market Coalition staff and board members were on Capitol Hill as part of our ongoing discussions with legislators about FMC’s legislative priorities and the farm bill. In recent months FMC has visited with legislative ag staff, attended listening sessions, and worked with local markets to bring their representatives to market. This…

G.R.O.W. Harrisburg Fosters Community in Augusta, Georgia

Allie Vrtachnik September 19, 2017

By Allie Vrtachnik | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org   When Augusta, Georgia comes to mind or mention, there’s only a few prominent remarks that one could make. Perhaps one could call to mind its past- its industrial glory days boasting profitable cotton barges and textile factories. Or more likely, golf, a sport synonymous with Augusta. It’s unbelievable how…

Congrats 2017 #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners!

Liz Comiskey September 15, 2017

This summer, market fans were challenged to get creative and show their market love by posting photos to Instagram incorporating our I ‘Heart’ Farmers Markets tattoos. The photos entered into our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest piece together a beautiful mosaic of what farmers markets mean to communities across America. If you haven’t already done so, please take a look…