Category Archives: Policy

Growing Your Grassroots

Stephanie Fenty May 28, 2020

The data that FMC has collected over the past decade and a half indicate what many suspect: farmers markets are important staples in our communities. Not only a place to buy fresh local produce, farmers markets serve as a place to connect with others and be reminded of the integral role food plays in our…

Ask the Senate to Provide Relief to Farmers Market Operators

Stephanie Fenty May 17, 2020

Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives introduced the latest and largest of its COVID-19 relief package, expected to pass the chamber later this week. The $3 trillion bill includes support for food and agriculture programs, but could have done more to address systemic problems in our food system. Notably, the bill includes $50 million in…

President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2020

On Monday, the President’s FY 2021 budget proposal was released. In addition to significant cuts to agriculture and safety net programs, the proposal once again suggests eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). Ending such a program would undermine years of work to ensure that independant American family-owned farms are able…

TED Talk: Why You Should Shop At Your Local Farmers Market

Darlene Wolnik October 1, 2019

TED Speaker Mohammad Modarres developed the first-ever Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher “Interfaith Meat” to make faith-based foods more accessible. Here he talks about one solution to the farmer crisis. (transcript)00:13: It’s been about a decade since the last financial crisis, yet this industry has never been bigger. Legislation that was meant to better regulate its largest…

Open Letter to FNS

Stephanie Fenty September 18, 2019

The following letter was sent to FNS in September of 2019 on behalf of markets and the organizations that support them around the country. See the PDF here.  Brandon Lipps Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington DC 20250  Dear Mr. Lipps,  In a…

Join us for The Insider’s Scoop FMLFPP webinar, May 29th 2ET/10AT

Darlene Wolnik May 13, 2019

On May 29th  (at 2 ET/10AT) , there will be a 75-minute webinar  presented by the Wallace Center, the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) program at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development,  Farmers Market Coalition, and USDA AMS, for an opportunity for FMLFPP grant writers to: – Get quick updates from the USDA on the 2019 LFPP/FMPP grants…

FMC Mini-Grants Support SNAP Programs Across the Country

Stephanie Fenty March 20, 2019

Last year, FMC awarded seven $500 SNAP Mini-Grants to farmers markets and farmers across the country who displayed a clear commitment to expanding SNAP programming, and connecting SNAP shoppers in their communities to healthy, affordable food. Here’s a first look at the great work resulting from the funding. Keya Wakpala Community Farmers’ Market Mission, SD…

MA Healthy Food Incentives Program So Popular that It’s Running Out of Money

Jen O'Brien March 9, 2018

AMHERST, MASS. — A state program that increases access to fresh, local produce for households receiving nutritional assistance is at risk of ending, according to Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton. Sen. James Eldridge asked Beaton about talk of the end of Healthy Initiatives Program (HIP) due to rapidly spent funds at…

2018 Minnesota Summer Bucks Sign-up is Now!

Allie Vrtachnik March 6, 2018

The Minnesota Farmers Market Association is accepting market applicants for the 2018 Summer Market Bucks. “Market Bucks is a Minnesota program to match SNAP-EBT customer’s dollars (up to $10 per visit) at participating Farmers’ Markets across Minnesota. In order to participate, a farmers’ market must: Have an FNS # and functioning equipment to accept EBT…

Massachusetts Campaigns for HIP Funds in the State’s 2019 Budget

Jen O'Brien January 18, 2018

Markets and Farmers across the state of Massachusetts are urging the House Committee on Ways and Means to include $6.2 million in its fiscal year 2019 budget for the Healthy Incentives Program. The program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP dollars spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and community supported agriculture programs…