President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Honesta Romberger March 13, 2019

by Ben Feldman, FMC Executive Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Earlier this week, the President’s FY 2020 budget was released, proposing significant cuts to USDA programs, including eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP).  While farmers market programs fare better than in previous presidential budget proposals, eliminating the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program…

Package of bills co-sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank aims to help farmers markets

Liz Comiskey March 8, 2019

Democratic leaders have three ideas to increase sales of local farm produce. WRITTEN BY READING EAGLE HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democrats are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers markets. The prime sponsors of the package are state Sen.…

Remembering Farmer Dustin Rathgeber

Honesta Romberger March 7, 2019

Over the years, we here at FMC have had the great privilege of collaborating, supporting, and working shoulder to shoulder with market leaders and producers from across the country — the many inspiring individuals dedicated to improving our nation’s local food systems. One of those exceptional people was farmer Dustin Rathgeber. While working on a…

2019 Georgia Market Innovation Mini-Grant

Stephanie Fenty February 27, 2019

Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG)’s 2019 Market Innovation Mini-Grant is available to current partners of Georgia Fresh For Less. WWG’s mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food for all Georgians. WWG strengthens local food communities by empowering networks of farmers market and farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices.…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 2: Looking to the Future

Honesta Romberger February 19, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and that the overall number of returning customers is also slipping. In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik examined the origins of the CSA movement in the U.S…

The Evolution of the CSA – Part 1: The Rise, Decline, & Reinvention

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Why are CSA sales declining? In many areas of the country, CSAs are reporting declining sales and fewer number of returning customers. FMC Senior Advisor Darlene Wolnik takes a look at the issue in this two-part blog series. Here in Part 1, she examines the origins of the CSA…

2019 ILFMA Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2019

2019 Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market April 4, 2019 Allerton Mansion, Monticello, IL Register Here Do you manage or sell at a farmers market? Or maybe you’re interested in the local food movement? Then save the date of Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) annual conference  at Allerton Park…

FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh…

Farmers Markets Aid Communities During Times of Disaster & Hardship

Honesta Romberger February 4, 2019

by Cindy Bunch – Executive Market Manager, Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market oldebeaufortfarmersmarket@gmail.com *FMC Note: Farmers markets are renown for helping and bringing communities together in times of difficulty. Most recently, farmers markets nationwide offered support to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. News sprung up from markets across the country including the Lewisburg Farmers…

VPR Cafe: Remembering Enid Wonnacott

Darlene Wolnik

Good audio piece on Vermont Public Radio about NOFA-VT’s Executive Director, Enid Wonnacott, who passed away recently.   Also, this lovely poem from Caitlin Gildrien Harvest for Enid with so much love The way people married a long time resemble each other, her life’s work was there in her face: sunshine, good rain, the kind of…