Category Archives: Policy

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

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…

Disaster Recovery for Market Communities

Alex Canepa August 28, 2017

by. Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher, New Orleans LA Everyone is aware of the horror that has been unfolding in South Texas over the weekend and will continue and spread to SW Louisiana over the next few days. Here at Farmers Market Coalition, we are reaching out to our market partners in the area to…

Michigan Invests in Healthy Food Access Through Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa August 10, 2017

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and farmers markets across Michigan that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as the SNAP Bridge Card have big a reason to celebrate! When Governor Snyder signed the 2018 fiscal year budget on July 14, the State of Michigan pledged support to help sustain and grow…

FMC Members Among 32 FINI Grantees

Alex Canepa August 8, 2017

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…