Integrating Sustainability At Farmers Markets

Mykalee McGowan October 13, 2021

For many, farmers markets serve as a hub for sustainability, caring for your local farmer, and being environmentally conscious. Giving the community access to high quality, local produce at a fair price for both farmer and consumer is the ultimate goal for many markets. Creating a healthy space where the community can come together, chat,…

Four Farmers Markets Led By Indigenous Communities

Mykalee McGowan October 11, 2021

Every second Monday of October marks Indigenous People’s Day, a holiday that honors Native people’s role in America’s past, present, and future. Traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous sciences have shaped so many of our current farming practices and Native farmers, producers and makers have been fostering sustainable local food systems for centuries.  In celebration of…

Register Now for 2021 S.D. Local Foods Conference

Diana Broadaway September 30, 2021

Yankton, S.D.- The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2021. This year’s SDLFC is a three day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota. All supporters of local food are invited to attend, listen to, and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new…

American Farmland Trust and the Farmers Market Coalition Announce Winners of the 13th Annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration

Hannah Fuller September 28, 2021

American Farmland Trust and the Farmers Market Coalition are proud to announce the winners of the 13th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration, a national event that ran between June 21 – September 19, 2021. Markets receiving the most votes from the public are declared winners of the “People’s Choice” category, as well as recognized as top markets in five regions nationwide. More than 2,000…

USDA Announces Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

Hannah Fuller September 21, 2021

Updated: 10/14/2021 The USDA has opened applications for the Pandemic Response and Safety Program grant and is accepting applications through November 22, 2021.USDA is seeking applications to support agricultural stakeholders who haven’t yet received substantial federal financial assistance to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The program will help small businesses in certain commodity areas including…

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…