Consumers Continue to Invest in Farmers Markets, Local Food Despite Economy

Stacy January 18, 2009

by Wendy Wasserman The most recent data available from the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) reported more than 4,600 farmers markets in the U.S. in August, 2008. This represented a 6.8% growth in farmers markets over the previous two years alone. In December 2008, The American Journal of Agricultural Economics published a review of research on…

Microloan Fund Opportunity for New England Farmers

Stacy January 13, 2009

The Microloan Fund for New England Farmers will be accepting applications through February 7, 2009.  Loan applications for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, for terms up to 5 years, will be accepted. For this initial pilot round of loans, applications will be limited to farms located in Vermont or in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Hampshire,…

A Review of Food in 2008

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South Dakota Offers Farmers Market Grants

Stacy January 1, 2009

South Dakota Farmers’ Market Grower Grant The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is providing federal funding for current farmers’ markets or groups that are interested in beginning a farmers’ market. Each applicant may apply for up to $1,000. These federal funds must be matched on a one-to-one basis. Learn more about the South Dakota Farmers’…

South Dakota Offers Farmers Market Mini-Grants

Stacy December 22, 2008

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is providing federal money for farmers markets or those who are interested in beginning one. Each applicant may apply for up to $1,000. The money can be used for market startup costs, promotion, advertising, vendor recruitment, consumer education, buy-local programs and finding a customer base. Applications are due March…

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Stacy December 18, 2008

Owner, Full Circle Farm, Carnation, Washington

New book examines farmers market management ecology

Stacy December 8, 2008

Title: Farmers’ Markets: Success, Failure, and Management Ecology Author: Garry Stephenson Farmers’ Markets: Success, Failure and Management Ecology explores historic trends related to growth and decline in market numbers, examines the management organization associated with markets of specific sizes, analyzes the characteristics and issues associated with markets that fail, and offers a model that illustrates…

July Proclaimed Michigan’s “Farmers Market Month”

Stacy July 28, 2008

After walking through a sea of nearly 50 Michigan vendors at the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Select Michigan farmers market on the Capitol lawn Thursday, Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed July 2008 “Farmers Market Month” in Michigan. If every Michigan resident spent just $10 on local food weekly at farm stands or farmers markets like this…

July Proclaimed Michigan's “Farmers Market Month”

Stacy

After walking through a sea of nearly 50 Michigan vendors at the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Select Michigan farmers market on the Capitol lawn Thursday, Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed July 2008 “Farmers Market Month” in Michigan. If every Michigan resident spent just $10 on local food weekly at farm stands or farmers markets like this…

National Farmers Market Week Proclaimed

Stacy July 24, 2008

The USDA Secretary of Agriculture Edward Schafer has issued an official announcement proclaiming August 3rd-9th as National Farmers Market Week for 2008. You can read the official proclamation here.