USDA Launches ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ Initiative

Stacy September 15, 2009

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative – ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ – to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.

USDA Launches 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative

Stacy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative – ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ – to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.

Hope for a Healthy Nation: New Farmers Market is a Powerful Symbol and Much More

Stacy September 10, 2009

Today, FRESHFARM Markets announced the opening of its newest producer-only farmers market, the ‘FRESHFARM Market, by the White House,’ set to open on September 17th. The market, to be held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., will be located in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW, between H Street, NW and I Street, NW. At the same time, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is poised to announce the ‘Know your Farmer, Know your Food’ Initiative (KYF), launching September 14th. This is an unprecedented convergence of support for farmers markets at the national level. The Farmers Market Coalition proudly recognizes the pivotal role that its Board member Bernadine Prince, and Co-Director Ann Yonkers at FreshFarm Markets have played in this momentous achievement.

Value-Added Producer Grants Available

Stacy September 1, 2009

Applications for this round of funding — $18 million is available, enough for approximately 80 project grants – are due by Monday, November 30. Awards will be made in early January.

Ag. Sec. Vilsack Issues National Farmers Market Week Proclamation

FMC August 3, 2009

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today encouraged consumers to visit their local farmers markets in honor of National Farmers Market Week, which will take place from August 2-8.

Market Manager Study Offers Snapshot of Market Characteristics

FMC July 29, 2009

Data collected by USDA over the last ten years clearly demonstrates an increase in the number
of farmers markets nationwide. But are there consequences to having a prevalence of so many young markets? A newly released study from the Agricultural Marketing Service shows that in 2005, more than 30% of farmers markets in the U.S. were younger than five years old.

Growing the Grassroots: Markets & Community Organizing

FMC

Farmers markets are incredibly powerful tools for community organizing. In gathering the same group of people – market day after market day – at the same time and in the same place, we already have what most advocates can only hope for: a solid base of community engagement, as well as a potent demonstration project. With our First Lady raising the profile of local, healthy food, there is no better time for farmers markets across the country to harness their grassroots energy in order to make an impact on the policy level.

Growing the Grassroots: Markets & Community Organizing

FMC

Farmers markets are incredibly powerful tools for community organizing. In gathering the same group of people – market day after market day – at the same time and in the same place, we already have what most advocates can only hope for: a solid base of community engagement, as well as a potent demonstration project. With our First Lady raising the profile of local, healthy food, there is no better time for farmers markets across the country to harness their grassroots energy in order to make an impact on the policy level.

Celebrating Success, Staying Focused

FMC

While it is encouraging to see the interest in farmers markets flourish, it’s also necessary to examine what we are and what we were meant to be. Farmers markets can do a lot of things, but they are meant to support local farmers, local farms, and our local farm economies. It’s a simple mission, but not generally endorsed or easily sustained.

To Market, To Market! Farmers Markets Should Make Some Noise During National Farmers Market Week

FMC July 28, 2009

Next week, (August 2-8) is National Farmers Market Week, and the nation’s 4,800 farmers markets have a lot to celebrate!