How Farmers Markets Can Respond to the Romaine Lettuce Scare

Honesta Romberger December 5, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Just prior to Thanksgiving, the CDC and FDA took the unusual step of warning shoppers to avoid all romaine lettuce, stating “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.” The advice came as a response…

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik November 29, 2018

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Farmers Market Conference Shenandoah Region – Staunton, VA November 13 – 15, 2019 More info TBD.

FMC Perspective: Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger November 16, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org You may have seen the recent study released by Penn State University on food safety at farmers markets. As the study gained attention from various news outlets, members and supporters reached out to us with concerns about the way it was being reported. Some news stories contained…

Help Us Make Markets, Farmers, & Communities Stronger

Honesta Romberger November 12, 2018

Twelve years ago, the Farmers Market Coalition began as a small group of farmers market managers, coming together to support the growing movement dedicated to local food. Since then, FMC has expanded into a diverse network of leaders from every state, and a resource center for local food professionals. We have become a powerful voice for farmers markets,…

Allegheny Mountain Institute 18 month Fellowship Applications Available

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2018

Now in its eighth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food…

Lynchburg Community Market awarded by Virginia Recreation & Park Society for the We Got the Beet Program

Allie Vrtachnik

Jennifer Kennedy, Lynchburg Community Market Manger, attended the VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Park Society awards and We Got The Beet won 3 awards: Most Innovative Marketing Strategy for the Beet Mascot, Most Innovative Marketing Piece for the We Got The Beet song and music video, and Best Health and Wellness Initiative! Wait to go Jennifer and the…

Community Orchard Project Funds available through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that grant funds are available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis. These grants are funded through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award. Some of the goals that we hope schools…

Ugly Food of the North Donates 21k+ Pounds of Local Food in 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

“Ugly Food of the North was founded on educating our local community about the global problem of food waste. In the United States, it is estimated that 40% of food resources go to waste each year, resulting in an economic loss of over $165 billion a year. While thousands of fresh, healthy local food go to…

Spotlight on the Swarthmore Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik November 8, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Swarthmore Farmers Market! We are taking over FMC’s Instagram for the duration of two weeks to share with you a look into our market. Our market is loved by our community and for good reason! As a new “visitor” at our market, there are a few things you…

Spotlight on Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Downtown Salt Lake City 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…