New York State Announces Farmers Market Grant Program

Stacy June 2, 2009

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has announced the release of the Farmers’ Markets Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This grant program provides up to $25,000 in matching funds for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation of farmers’ markets in New York State.

Growing For Market Offers Special Edition for FMC Members

Stacy June 1, 2009

Next month, the great folks at Growing for Market will be publishing a new special Farmers Market Edition, and are offering copies to any FMC member to distribute producers for FREE!

FMC to Host Strategic Planning Webinar June 9th

Stacy May 31, 2009

Drawing on real life examples from farmers markets and related organizations, two leaders — strategic thinker Nicole de Beaufort and President of the Oregon Farmers’ Market Association Karen Wagner — will discuss how to identify the key strategic planning questions and prioritize objectives that serve to focus and clarify the work of organizations old and new. Participation is open to board members as well as organization staff.

PASA Issues Op-Ed on Food Safety

Stacy

After sending a small delegation to meet with the house staffers drafting the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) issued an op-ed on food safety which lays out their priorities for protecting food safety while not presenting undue burden on small-scale sustainable farms and those who direct market.

Wholesome Wave Foundations Announces Double Value Coupon Program

Stacy May 28, 2009

The Double Value Coupon Program at farmers’ markets and other direct-to-consumer sales outlets affects a triple bottom line. It is the first of Wholesome Wave Foundation’s “Nourishing Neighborhoods” campaign initiatives. Vulnerable community members including families, their children and seniors who participate in the program can use their SNAP (Food Stamp) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards,…

America’s Favorite Farmers Markets Contest Announced by AFT

Stacy May 20, 2009

American Farmland Trust is pleased to announce its first-ever, annual “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” contest. The contest is a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can acquire the most constituent votes over the course of this summer. The goal is to improve the connection between citizens and their local farms and food and to raise national awareness about the value of farmers markets in our communities.

America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest Announced by AFT

Stacy

American Farmland Trust is pleased to announce its first-ever, annual “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” contest. The contest is a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can acquire the most constituent votes over the course of this summer. The goal is to improve the connection between citizens and their local farms and food and to raise national awareness about the value of farmers markets in our communities.

FMC Shares Market Shopping Tips at Rodale.com

Stacy May 19, 2009

Make a list with backups. “Make a list of what you want to buy ahead of time, just like you do at a department or grocery store,” suggests Miller. “But remember to be flexible within food groups. Those killer hearth-baked baguettes might be sold out when you arrive, but that doesn’t mean you need to go buy the Safeway version. Consider a couple pounds of new potatoes from a different vendor instead.”

Chicago Tribune Shares 13 Strategies for Shopping at a Farmers Market

Stacy

But whether you are a market newbie or a market veteran, we’ve got some tips that will help you get the most from your farmers market visit.

Chicago Farmers Markets Award Bag Design Award to Local Students

Stacy May 18, 2009

COUNTRY Financial presented Nathan, a Mather High School senior, with a $1,000 scholarship on Thursday, May 14 during a Chicago Farmers Markets Kick Off at Daley Plaza. COUNTRY sponsored its Second Farmers Markets Reusable Bag Design Contest for Chicago Public School students in April. Nathan’s winning design was chosen from more than 150 entries.