Category Archives: Newsletter

The Cultural Significance of Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey July 13, 2011

An Essay by Raymond Saul, Friend of FMC The re-establishment of farmers markets in the United States gives me hope. It is an American success story of renewal. In recent decades, farmers markets have again assumed their historic role as important social and economic institutions in many of our communities.[i]  For many of us, farmers…

Massachusetts Agencies Combine Forces to Promote EBT at Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

by Drew Love Technology can sometimes be a “two steps forward, one step back” kind of progression. In the mid-1990s, the federal food stamp program (now known as SNAP) went under just such a technological transformation. Before the transition, food stamps had been a tangible paper currency that was handed over to cash register operators…

Connecting Plant Vendors with SNAP Customers

Liz Comiskey

A guest post by Daniel Bowman Simon, founder of SNAPGardens.org Most SNAP recipients do not know that they can garden with their benefits, and many farmers and market managers are likewise unaware – or haven’t focused any resources on promoting this choice.  But nearly four decades ago, in 1973, Senator James Allen of Alabama championed…

Discover You Can Takes off this Summer

Liz Comiskey

by Elizabeth Comiskey This spring, the Farmers Market Coalition teamed up with Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, in Discover You Can, a summer canning education program.  Fifty selected farmers markets received stipends, canning supplies, and distribution materials in May.  Now these 50 markets are in the middle of implementing programs…

Assembling the Recipes: A Toolkit for Nutrition Education

Liz Comiskey

by Elizabeth Comiskey More and more farmers markets are serving as launching pads for community health education.  Activities like flash mobbing, designed to get people moving, are happening alongside efforts to teach customers how to cook new foods and encourage children to eat and appreciate fruits and vegetables. Left and right, farmers markets are inspiring…

Farmers Market Grantee Questionnaire

Stacy July 9, 2011

Please complete this brief questionnaire if your farmers market organization has ever applied for AND received federal grant funding. If you are a state or regional organization, please include any projects that specifically provide services to farmers market producers, farmers market shoppers, and/or managers. The Farmers Market Coalition may contact you later in the year for more background about your project(s), and your contact information will be kept confidential.

Announcing FMC's Annual Campaign: A Letter from the President

Stacy April 19, 2011

Dear FMC members and supporters, It’s been a very long and busy winter! FMC’s Board Retreat in Washington, DC in January was a big success. In just one long day, and a couple of short ones, our board developed recommendations for bylaw changes to keep in step with our growth and established financial goals to keep FMC…

Announcing FMC’s Annual Campaign: A Letter from the President

Stacy

Dear FMC members and supporters, It’s been a very long and busy winter! FMC’s Board Retreat in Washington, DC in January was a big success. In just one long day, and a couple of short ones, our board developed recommendations for bylaw changes to keep in step with our growth and established financial goals to keep FMC…

Ignorance is not Bliss: An Attorney's Take on Farmers Market Insurance

Stacy

By Sara Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney, PHLP at Public Health Law & Policy and Farmers Market Insurance Task Force Member As a staff attorney at Public Health Law & Policy, I get questions from people all over the country who are trying to make their communities healthier. Some folks are trying to get healthier food…

Ignorance is not Bliss: An Attorney’s Take on Farmers Market Insurance

Stacy

By Sara Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney, PHLP at Public Health Law & Policy and Farmers Market Insurance Task Force Member As a staff attorney at Public Health Law & Policy, I get questions from people all over the country who are trying to make their communities healthier. Some folks are trying to get healthier food…