Summer is the Ideal Time to Sow FMPP Seeds

Many readers are probably familiar with the Farmers Market Promotion Program, a competitive grant program administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to assist in establishing, expanding, and promoting farmers markets and to promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. In the past ...
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The Importance of Integrity in the Face of Growth

by Don Wambles, FMC President As I look at news of weather related disasters across the country from floods, droughts, and tornadoes, I am reminded of the extremely difficult circumstances that our farmers deal with to provide us with food ...
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Multiple Listings Can Maximize Market Reach

Now is the time to make sure your farmers market is listed in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) national directory of farmers markets. Staff at AMS are currently updating the directory with the intention of announcing a new official ...
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Free Resource Guides Available

Just in time for National Farmers Market Week, the Wallace Center has announced a second printing of their popular spiral bound farmers market resource guides, initially released late last fall. “Getting Started with Farmers Markets” is a colorful introduction to ...
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Crafts or No Crafts?: One Market’s Approach to Balancing Diversity and Integrity

It is generally agreed that product diversity at a farmers market attracts shoppers, and as time-conscious consumers, we all understand the value of one-stop shopping. Handiwork from local artisans and craftspeople can complement food products, reinforce in consumers’ minds the ...

New List-Serv Connects New England’s Farmers Markets

South Deerfield, MA -- Farmers' markets from all over New England are now able to communicate by email thanks to a new list-serv, the New England Farmers' Market Exchange (NEFME) launched this week by Cooperative Development Institute (CDI). "The response ...
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