The Dallas Farmers Market: Cultivating Life

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from The Dallas Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…

President’s 2019 FY Budget Proposal: Bad News for Farmers Markets

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Released Monday, the President’s budget proposal contains little good news for farmers markets. In addition to massive cuts to SNAP, the proposal zeroes funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and Farmers Market Promotion Program. Taken together, the proposed budget…

Why farmers markets and federal programs that support them are vital to our ranch

by Amy Greer, owner and operator of Winters Family Beef and Farmer Fly-In Project participant In 2008 my dad gave his children a choice: take up the family ranching business or risk losing the Winters-Wall Ranch, located outside of Brady, Texas. Our family has been ranching the land since 1875, a year before McCulloch County was…

MD Secretary of Ag response to Farm and Families Act

Recently, there has been some unfortunate misinformation spread about the Maryland Farms and Families Act that has sought to call into question the Hogan administration’s commitment to Maryland’s farming community. As secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and a lifelong farmer, I can affirm that our administration is 100 percent committed to this vital…

New report: Stagnant, Saturated, or Ready to Surge? Strategic Marketing Investments for Vermont’s Direct to Consumer Markets

In an effort to understand the limitations of and opportunities for Vermont’s direct markets, NOFA-VT commissioned this report as part of a multifaceted project that includes research, technical assistance for direct marketers, and a statewide advertising campaign. e target audiences for this report are direct marketers and local food system advocates who want to better…

Manager Hire: Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market, Little Rock, AR

  The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market is located in the historic South Main neighborhood just outside of downtown Little Rock, AR. The market is housed in the Bernice Garden, which is privately owned by Anita Davis. The Bernice Garden is a community space that allows visitors to enjoy native plants and art sculptures. The market…

Democracy in Action: Highlights from the Farmer Fly-In Project

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week was the culmination of months of planning for the Farmer Fly-In Project. Thanks to your donations, and despite a wild week in D.C., we were able to bring six farmers and one market manager to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill about the importance of…

Nevada mobile farmers market to make its way to Henderson

The Las Vegas Sun reports: “Dignity Health awarded a $99,500 community grant to bring Veggie Buck Truck, a mobile farmers market, to Henderson. The city, Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada Health District and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension are teaming up to help get residents to the garden. The Veggie Buck Truck will…

Minnesota’s Crookston Farmers Market awarded PoP Grant

The University of Minnesota Extension has awarded the Crookston Farmers Market a Power of Produce Grant. The PoP Club is a farmers market program that transforms children market participants through its incentive-based approach. When kids get involved in the program, they earn tokens to spend on fresh produce. Crookston joins the other 10 Minnesota markets…

Independence, KS approves $3.3 million Farmers Market Project

Independence, KS is making way for a farmers market project, made possible by grants and private funds. The project encompasses the building of an enclosed pavilion and a stand-alone, open air pavilion. The structures will permanently host the farmers market, and serve as an event space for other gatherings.   Find out more information via…