Category Archives: State News

Fresh food program expands to serve more Maine seniors

Liz Comiskey September 7, 2018

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program got some extra cash, allowing it to eliminate its waiting list and open up the program to 1,000 more participants. Read full article.

The Alaska Food Festival & Conference – March 8-9, 2019

Honesta Romberger

The Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Farmers Market Association are partnering for the 4th semi-annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference. The Alaska Farmers Market Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska. We’re still in the early planning stages of the conference, but will continually…

Business Planning Contest Announced for New York farmers markets

Darlene Wolnik

The contest will be held at the annual Farm-to-Table banquet at the Farmers Market Managers Annual Conference, held March 5 and 6 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. The contest will be the after dinner entertainment so that the contestants will have a live audience to present to. A panel of judges will…

Louisiana Healthcare Connections Funds Market Access Programs

Darlene Wolnik September 6, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Healthcare Connections has announced its sponsorship of the Big River Economic and Agriculture Alliance Red Stick Rewards program. The program will match purchases up to $10 made with a Louisiana Purchase Benefit card at any Baton Rouge area Red Stick Farmers Market. BREADA’s markets have been accepting SNAP cards since 2013. In 2017…

No crop left behind: NH Gleans harvests for food equity, access

Liz Comiskey August 28, 2018

If a hardworking group of volunteers has anything to say about it, there will be no crop left behind in the fields and markets of New Hampshire. In a small state where one in 10 residents grapples with food insecurity, these foragers span the natural land from Portsmouth to Keene in an effort to get…

Markets and Truffles: Delaware Couple Invested in Ag

Liz Comiskey August 27, 2018

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Prince believes that the future of farm markets is bright. She is the co-founder and was the former co-director of FreshFarm, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that operates a network of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. FreshFarm, with its school programs, chef demonstrations and other innovations, is considered a…

Maine farmers’ markets buck national trend, officials say

Liz Comiskey

Maine’s farmers’ markets appear to be bucking a national trend of lower participation, according to research by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. The federation is conducting a survey on its website to gauge participation in farmers markets that asks about their buying habits, where they shop and how much they spend. “Not many of markets track…

Just How Sustainable Is Local Agriculture in the Midcoast?

Liz Comiskey August 24, 2018

Every year since 2013, Maine has secured the number- two spot on the national “Locavore Index,” a measure of commitment to the availability and consumption of healthy local food. (www.strollingoftheheifers.com/- locavore/) The culture surrounding fresh food is becoming one of the state’s greatest lures — for visitors and for new farmers. In a state survey, nearly…

Fran Drescher’s Master Class Health Summit- October 23, 2018

Allie Vrtachnik August 21, 2018

“Fran Drescher’s Master Class Health Summit is a mind-expanding, life-changing day that gives you the tools to prevent, reduce, and reverse dis-ease. We hand-select doctors and medical experts making exciting inroads in their fields. Instead of focusing on symptoms and treating those, we help you look at your health from a holistic point of view.…