FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Diana Broadaway July 10, 2020

For all of us, life right now involves a mix of uncertainty, fear, hope and determination. For nearly six months, the world has been grappling with the affects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this has upended nearly every aspect of society, the impacts to our food system have been significant and far-reaching. As farmers…

Leveraging Data for Success

Ethel

Do you dread logging data into clunky spreadsheets? Maybe you’re overwhelmed by how much information you have and need inspiration on how to use it? Data can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! FMC’s webinar on July 14th- Strength in Numbers: Leveraging Data and Technology for Nutrition Incentive Programs will show you how…

Make Your Social Media Plan Early for NFMW

Hannah Fuller July 9, 2020

Social media is always an important tool to connect with our national network. This year, with in-person interactions limited, online communications are more important than ever for sharing National Farmers Market Week messaging far and wide. National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8th, but now is the time to start planning how your market can participate. This Social…

Celebrating Resiliency this National Farmers Market Week

Hannah Fuller July 8, 2020

Coming up next month is the 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, 2020! Despite challenges never experienced before, the national farmers market community has showcased resilience in our rapidly changing world. Farmers markets have always been a hub for innovation, and farmers market operators are at the forefront of adapting rapid…

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.…

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…

Farmers Markets Across Nation Face Potential Economic Crisis From COVID-19

Ben Feldman May 11, 2020

Across the country, farmers markets operators–the organizations and individuals who plan, coordinate, and run America’s farmers markets, are engaging in herculean efforts to protect their communities from COVID-19. But even as interest in local foods spikes nationwide, many  market operators face the double threat of increased costs to operate during a pandemic, in addition to…

‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre

Diana Broadaway April 17, 2020

Press Release- For Immediate Release- Feb. 23, 2020 Jeff Stewart 605-481-0406 jstewart@hcinet.net ‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre The following synopsis is provided by the Legislative Action Committee of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association on the proceedings related to bill HB 1171. For the third year in a row, a bill…

Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers

Diana Broadaway

Press Release- For Immediate Release- April 6, 2020 Tom Bodensteiner, SDSPA President bodensbeamwork@icloud.com   Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers Yankton, S.D.: Because of the state and worldwide lockdown many of our local food producer’s right here in South Dakota are feeling the financial pinch. Since people are staying away from the grocery stores…