Farmers Markets Are Essential—And So Are the Policy Relationships They Hold

Stephanie Fenty August 4, 2020

*This post was originally published on National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog on July 30th, 2020 in celebration of National Farmers Market Week* No matter how you look at it, 2020 has been a challenging and uncertain year to be in the farmers market business. The impacts of COVID-19 were felt hard and fast by farmers…

SDSPA: Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020

Diana Broadaway July 27, 2020

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020 The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) joins farmers markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8, 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a proclamation dedicating the week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in…

July Policy Update and Call to Action

Stephanie Fenty July 21, 2020

Coronavirus Relief In May the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act. At that time, FMC began calling on our members to contact Senate offices and ask for support for farmers market operators as part of their relief package. While the Senate has been slow to move so far, it now appears that the Senate…

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

Hannah Fuller

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…