New Outreach Tools to Be Available for Farmers Market Week

Stacy April 15, 2009

The Farmers Market Coalition is proud to announce that it will be offering a variety of consumer outreach materials to farmers markets this summer, just in time for National Farmers Market Week (August 2nd-8th).

Incentives and Investments Give New Nevada Market a Head Start

Stacy

Last March, Marrone was asked by the Carson City Office of Business Development (OBD) to help them get a farmers market up and running by the end of June. The time frame, it goes without saying, was one of the biggest challenges in starting the market. “All the research said we should have started six months to a year earlier. We had fewer than three months, and there was already a 13 year old, highly profitable market in Reno. There are only so many farmers to go around, and they were spreading themselves pretty thin as it was. Convincing them to come to our market without any kind of track record was a hard sell.”

Filling the Food Safety GAPs for Small Farms

Stacy

By Wendy Wasserman Spinach. Peanuts. Tomatoes. Lettuce. Pistachios. In the past few years, there has been mounting consumer and producer discussion about food borne illness. Some of the high profile cases of wide-spread food borne illness have been traced back to incomplete food safety protocols occurring at large producers and commodity processors. Regardless of the…

Letter from the board: Anticipating a New Farmers Market Season

FMC

In these days when we’re all pre-occupied with “the market,” there’s a real feeling of being grounded when we think about the ‘place’ (both physical and emotional) our farmers market occupies. Our visits are always so much more than transactions – they are about re-connecting our lives through food – food from the people where we live, our place. In a day of standardized products and depersonalized relationships, isn’t it deeply satisfying to see the natural diversity in the shapes and sizes of fresh produce? To have the conversation be as important as the actual purchase, and to once again visit with neighbors and acquaintances, most of whom have also stayed pretty close to home over the winter months?

Health, Hospitals, and Farmers Markets: Preston Maring Interview

Stacy April 8, 2009

Preston Maring, the doctor behind the initiative to host farmers markets at  Kaiser Permanente hospitals, speaks about the connection between health, healthy eating habits, and farmers markets.  Watch the five minute interview at: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7280838

Letter from FMC Concerning Food Safety

Stacy April 3, 2009

What follows is a reprint of a letter sent to FMC members on March 12 Dear Fellow Farmers Market Advocate, In the last few days, there has been much discussion and speculation surrounding H.R. 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, which was proposed by Representative Rosa DeLauro and 39 other co-sponsors and currently…

USDA Seeks Reviewers for FMPP Applications

Stacy

WASHINGTON,  April 2, 2009 –– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites individuals to share their expertise in reviewing project proposals for the 2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant program.  The FMPP program began in 2006, with the goal of expanding direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities in the United States through the…

Quaker Oats Offers Community Hunger Mini-Grants

Stacy April 1, 2009

Quaker Oats is offering grants for projects that will help combat hunger in your community. The Quaker Go Grant program will select twenty winners each month from April through August 2009. Winners will each receive a $500 cash grant to fund their projects.Visit Quaker Oats Community Hunger Grant for more information. Application deadlines for the…

Wallace Center Publishes Case Studies of Value-Added Enterprises

Stacy

Reaping the benefits of diversity isn’t just an advantage of the natural world, but also a measure small farmers can encourage in their own business practices. Value-adding is an efficient, low-risk way to diversify income streams in a way that complements current direct-marketing efforts. The Wallace Center at Winrock International has recently completed a study…

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention Offers Networking and Training Opportunities

Stacy March 26, 2009

For Immediate Release (207) 664-2424, ext. 4452 Winter Harbor – The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, held last weekend on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park, drew farmers, farmers’ market managers and municipal officials from all over the state. Nearly 100 people participated in the event which featured presentations,…