Creating Size Inclusive Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan May 9, 2022

If you attended the Nutrition Incentive Hub Convening, then you probably know that Ragen Chastain’s presentation, “​​Combating Anti-Fat Bias in Nutrition Incentive Work,” was a show-stopper. You can still view the presentation here if you didn’t catch it at the time! Meanwhile, we asked Ragen to write about how farmers market operators can address anti-fat…

Farmers Markets: Systemic Change Agents

Mykalee McGowan April 1, 2022

In the last 45 years, farmers markets have gone from nearly nonexistent to a cultural touchstone associated with fresh, high quality, values-based foods and a system that facilitates billions of dollars in sales to small scale, independent farmers. Here at FMC, we eat, sleep, and breathe farmers markets. As a result, we see the incredible…

Welcome, New FMC Board Members

Mykalee McGowan March 16, 2022

Spring is a time of growth and change, and every spring FMC’s Board of Directors holds elections and gets ready for the busy year to come. This year, we welcome 3 new members, 2 re-elected members, and a new slate of officers to our board of directors.  Before announcing the new board of directors, we…

2022 FMC Policy Priorities

Mykalee McGowan February 16, 2022

FMC’s board recently approved the organizations’ legislative priorities to guide our work over the next year. These priorities are based on input from market managers about challenges they have experienced, analysis from FMC staff, and feedback from our contacts at USDA and on the hill. A note on SNAP EBT: The fact that SNAP is…

What’s Up for 2022

Mykalee McGowan

Many of you have noticed and commented approvingly on the expansion of the FMC team in the last year. We now have 10 team members which will expand to 12 in 2022 — so keep an eye out for job announcements this spring. Also, anyone interested in providing curated, short-term contracted training to market leaders…

Love Your Market Manager Book Giveaway

Hannah Fuller February 10, 2022

Whether it’s your love for family, friends, food, or anything else, celebrating the things we love in our lives is always a great way to foster gratitude. And well, it tends to always make us feel a bit warm and fuzzy!  This Valentines Day, nominate your favorite farmers market operator and they could win a…

Seeking Farmers Market Hacks and Systems

Hannah Fuller January 5, 2022

Welcome to 2022 farmers market operators!  The 2021 brought a lot of ups and downs in the farmers market community. We’ve seen strides towards more equitable markets across the country, innovative new programs, and markets continuing to play a central role in resilient connected communities. Changing pandemic regulations, extreme weather brought by climate change, and…

Cluster Implementation Update

Hannah Fuller December 20, 2021

Back in April of 2021, I shared in a blog post how the FMC Strategic Plan prioritized FMC to Support FM Operators/Networks in Capacity-Building and to become an active anti-racist organization and ally. As a result of working towards these two priorities, we redesigned what was previously called our Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Program…

2022 Call for FMC Board Nominations

Hannah Fuller December 8, 2021

(Updated 1/5/2022) The deadline to apply has now passed. If you’re interested in serving on the FMC board, please look out for the next nomination period in December 2022! FMC is currently soliciting nominees who are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors during the 2022 annual election. There are 4…

Announcing the new Farm Direct Nutrition Incentives Guide Site

Mykalee McGowan

On December 6, 2021, we officially launched the new Farm Direct Nutrition Incentives Guide Site at www.farmdirectincentives.guide. The website is a comprehensive library filled with hundreds of resources for operators running Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer and nutrition incentives through farmers markets, community supported agriculture, farm stands and mobile markets across the country.  This…