Gotta Move That Market? It Can Be Done.

Darlene Wolnik May 28, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik. darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org   Here is a great article from Catt Fields White who is the founder and CEO of the San Diego Markets, on a recent 4-year “temporary”  move for one of her markets, Little Italy Mercato. As she says in here, “Cue muffled sobs.” The “pod” idea explained in the article is interesting and I…

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest…

What does the House Farm Bill ‘No’ Vote Mean for Farmers Markets?

Honesta Romberger May 24, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted down a draft of the farm bill, with thirty House Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting ‘no’ on the bill. Thanks to YOU and our allies in food and farming who made their voices heard through visits, emails,…

Here’s what to know about getting a farmers market voucher

Liz Comiskey May 21, 2018

Centre County, PA- With the arrival of spring, after a long winter, comes the annual distribution of the farmers market vouchers. Distribution will be held at the Office of Aging on June 1. The Centre County Office of Aging has a limited supply; this is a first-come, first-serve program. Eligibility guidelines are by both age…

Let’s Make National Farmers Market Week Local

Darlene Wolnik

by Dar Wolnik | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org FMC Program Associate Allie Vrtachnik has been working closely with the USDA AMS team on materials and activities for 2018 National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), updating citations and graphics for markets and state associations, and organizing potential in-person market events for officials to attend during that week. The primary message for…

Farm Bill Update: Uncertainty Looms as Bill Heads for Vote

Honesta Romberger

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org The fate of the House farm bill is still unclear, but over 100 amendments have been proposed, mostly from Republicans, as the bill heads for a possible vote by the end of the this week. Democratic leadership has asked their members not to propose any amendments —…

USDA Report on Direct-To-Consumer Fruits & Vegetable Purchasing

Darlene Wolnik May 14, 2018

By Dar Wolnik | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org This USDA ERS report came out earlier this year and has some interesting data and new conclusions about shoppers, although the authors stress that more analysis is needed. And thank you to Dr. Dawn Thilmany for offering her input into my analysis of the report. If you don’t know her…

Why Arizona Democrats, Republicans Agree (Mostly) On Welfare Bill

Honesta Romberger May 11, 2018

Via: 91.5 KJZZ It’s not often you hear bipartisan support at the state Capitol to increase spending on social welfare. But it’s happening. Supporters say the program will provide low-income Arizonans with more nutritional food and boost the bottom lines for local farmers. Farmers Markets And Food Stamps On a recent Saturday morning at the…

Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival

Allie Vrtachnik

“This ‘scent-sational’ event is back for its 2nd year and will feature all things lavender and honey along with arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, entertainment, interactive free kidz zone along with free train rides. This event is free for all ages to enjoy so make a plan to share a beautiful day with…