USDA Announces Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

Hannah Fuller September 21, 2021

Updated: 9/23/2021 Earlier this month the USDA announced it will publish a Request for Applications in early October for two new grant programs – the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant program and the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant program. These grant programs will provide assistance to small businesses in certain commodity areas, including small…

Reflecting on National Farmers Market Week 2021

Hannah Fuller September 1, 2021

The 22nd Annual National Farmers Market Week took place August 1st through 7th. After some time crunching the numbers, the FMC team is delighted to report that NFMW 2021 was a great success and vibrant celebration of farmers market operators nationwide.  Thank you all for your hard work and participation! We can’t offer enough thanks…

Lessons in Process: What we’ve learned supporting the development of an Anti-racist Toolkit for Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan

Since January, FMC has been supporting a work group of 10 Black food systems experts to develop an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets. Led by Sagdrina Jalal (Lead Technical Advisor/Facilitator) and Nedra Deadwyler (Lead Researcher & Content Builder), this work group has been meeting monthly to examine farmers markets at a high level, identifying the…

Local Communities Around the Country Proclaim Farmers Market Week

Hannah Fuller August 9, 2021

  Every year the US Department of Agriculture proclaims National Farmers Market Week the first week of August. Starting a few years ago, FMC started providing a proclamation template for states, counties and cities to proclaim Farmers Market Week in their local areas. National Farmers Market Week can be a fantastic opportunity for farmers market…

Resolve Conflict at Farmers Markets

Hannah Fuller August 5, 2021

Conflict is an inherent part of life and can often bring about good change. Having the skills to resolve conflict is an essential part of a successful life, especially as a farmers market manager. In the field of the farmers markets, dealing with a lot of different types of people, there will inevitably be conflict…

Top 5 Farmers Market References in Popular TV Shows

Mykalee McGowan

1. Parks and Recreation, Season 6 Episode 12 I love this episode because it feels like it could have been written by someone who’s spent a lot of time at farmers markets. Leslie Knope must have borrowed from FMC talking points in introducing the market: “It’s good for the economy, it’s good for families, and…

Profile: Columbia Farmers Market + Columbia’s Agriculture Park

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Columbia Farmers Market! Mission: The mission of the Columbia Farmers Market is to provide both the local farmer and consumer a reliable, regulated marketplace for the direct exchange of high quality and safe…

Profile: Boise Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Boise Farmers Market in Boise, Idaho! Mission: Mission: The Boise Farmers Market supports a regenerative, healthy food and agricultural system by operating a vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown and crafted products.  Vision:…

Profile: New Roots Bronx Community Farm

Hannah Fuller August 3, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. First up, the New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm! At New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm, the mission of developing a community-driven food system extends far beyond growing food. The half acre farm — which was previously…

Researchers, USDA, and Local Food Networks Explore Impact of COVID-19 on Local and Regional Food Systems

Diana Broadaway July 30, 2021

In the late spring of 2020, FMC joined a collaborative project led by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the University of Kentucky, which included 16 other local food system communities of practice and network leaders. The year-long “Local Food Systems Response to COVID” project was designed both to spotlight the work done by…