Technology and Farm Direct Channels: Solving Problems

Katie Myhre September 4, 2020

Of all the definitions for technology out there, the one I like the most is “knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools.” In my experience fighting for a regional-based food network, the problems our food communities face have always been the focal point. At center of creating a strong local…

Reflecting on National Farmers Market Week 2020

Hannah Fuller August 26, 2020

The 21st annual celebration of National Farmers Market Week took place August 2nd through 8th. Seeing the engagement of market operators and dedicated supporters throughout social media during the week made it clear from the start that this NFMW was a great success despite the historic challenges faced by farmers market operators nationwide due to…

Seen but not heard: Farmers markets on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis 

Hannah Fuller August 17, 2020

Photo by Reana Kovalcik 2020, at FARMFRESH Farmers Market in DC The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly our food supply chain can be interrupted. While farmers markets are often viewed as a privilege for the well-off, this pandemic has cemented markets as essential businesses that have an important role to play in increasing access…

Sharing Our Values and Standing Up Against Racism — Guest Post from Napa Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller August 6, 2020

The following is a guest blog post by Cara Mae Wooledge, MPH, Market Manager of Napa Farmers Market for National Farmers Market Week. During the week, we are recognizing the important work of farmers market operators as leaders in their communities. Active initiatives towards equity and inclusion are vital components of FMC’s mission to strengthen…

Market Managers Fight for Community Food Access with Nutrition Incentive Programs

Stephanie Fenty August 5, 2020

Ever since Cheryl Whilby became the Market Manager of Schenectady Greenmarket, her dream has been to increase the purchasing power for customers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). COVID-19 added urgency to this mission and united the Schenectady, New York community to find a solution to the challenge of keeping good food accessible to vulnerable…

Raise Money and Build Community with Engaging Online Fundraising

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2020

This blog post is a follow up to our webinar with the same title. You can watch the webinar and see the slides here.  Happy National Farmers Market Week! While this year’s celebration may look and feel different than years past, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that farmers markets are truly essential. Across the country, farmers…

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

Stephanie Fenty

*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…