2024 FMC Board of Directors Election Results

Honesta Romberger June 11, 2024

Congratulations to incumbents, Allen Moy, Erika Hall, Regan Emmons, and Reana Kim who were reelected to another term, and to newly elected FMC Board Member Christina Chauvenet. Welcome to FMC, Christina! We would also like to extend a huge thank you to outgoing board member, Ross Dakin. Their years of service have helped us navigate unprecedented times for…

Cast Your Vote for FMC’s Board of Directors

Honesta Romberger May 17, 2024

The Farmers Market Coalition’s Board of Directors boasts a diverse group of individuals from across the country —  market managers, farmers, local food advocates, policy experts, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, and more — all dedicated to the common goal of strengthening America’s farmers markets. This year, 5 positions are open to be filled by a slate of 17 candidates. Each…

Farm Bill Update and Call to Action

Honesta Romberger May 3, 2024

On Wednesday, both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released competing proposals for Farm Bill legislation. The outlines both come with differing levels of detail and represent major philosophical differences between the parties in control of their respective chambers. While neither chamber has released actual bill text yet, the proposals released Wednesday help to project…

Resources on Free Speech at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger May 2, 2024

Right now, farmers markets may have questions about free speech at markets, and particularly what types of restrictions market rules can and cannot place on activities such as leafleting, political campaigning, or protesting. The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit provides a guide on free speech and First Amendment considerations. Check out the resources below to help…

2024 Call for FMC Board Nominations

Honesta Romberger April 9, 2024

FMC invites interested individuals to nominate themselves for candidacy in the upcoming 2024 annual Board of Directors election. Five seats are available for this election cycle. Our volunteer Board of Directors is composed of individuals with proven leadership in farmers markets or sustainable food systems, aligned with FMC’s mission to strengthen farmers markets for the…

USDA Improves FMLFPP Thanks to FMC Recommendations

Honesta Romberger March 12, 2024

USDA-AMS recently released the Request for Proposals under the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, also referred to as FMPP and LFPP under the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). This year, they have implemented changes to the program which come as a result of FMC recommendations to make the program more effective in meeting…

USDA Announces Grant Funding and New Resources Available for Local and Regional Food Systems Development

Honesta Romberger March 4, 2024

USDA Announces Grant Funding and New Resources Available for Local and Regional Food Systems Development Release No.: 46-24 Contact:  Public Affairs (202) 720-8998 PA@usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $26 million for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) to help local and regional food…

Help Us Tell the Story of the Modern Farmers Market Movement

Honesta Romberger February 14, 2024

In an effort to understand the evolution of farmers markets over the last 50 years, FMC’s Dar Wolnik is seeking market stories that share how individual farmers market organizations got their start.  As a market leader, consultant, researcher, and now as FMC’s senior program person, Dar has studied the modern farmers market movement in the…

With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of FMC Executive Director, Charisse McGill

Honesta Romberger January 23, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of the Farmers Market Coalition’s Executive Director, Charisse McGill. We extend our deepest condolences to Charisse’s friends and family, in particular, her dear daughter, and to the farmers market community as a whole. Charisse was a devoted mother, daughter, community leader, businesswoman, and advocate.…

University of Wisconsin and FMC Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger January 16, 2024

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University of Wisconsin and Farmers Market Coalition Awarded USDA AFRI Grant to Grow Customer Base at Farmers Markets January 16, 2024 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is excited to announce an award from the USDA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program…