Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day features food straight from ND farms

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

“This afternoon, over 44,000 students from 185 schools filled their lunch trays with food straight from North Dakota farms for Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day. Third Grade Teacher Pam Baker says, ‘It’s just down the road, kids know about cows, they know about dairy, but it’s that farm to table kind of discussion.’ The day…

Feb 1st-2nd, 2019: North Dakota Local Foods Conference

Allie Vrtachnik

What: ND Local Foods Conference When: February 1st-2nd, 2019 Where: Baymont Inn & Suites Mandan Bismarck Area Hosted by ND Local Foods & the North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture Description: “The 2019 NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference will be a place for farmers and ranchers who direct market what they grow and raise to learn…

Minnesota’s Hmong Farmers Drive Local Food Economy

Allie Vrtachnik

A VOA Article reports: “Hmong farmers in St. Paul, Minnesota have the best advocate for their business enterprises: themselves, working together. Originally from China, the Hmong are an Asian ethnic group that migrated to Vietnam and Laos in the 18th century. They have never had a country of their own. After the Vietnam War ended,…

National Farmers Market Week: a snapshot of the celebrations captured by the media

Allie Vrtachnik

The 19th annual National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 5th-11th, 2018) was celebrated coast to coast and in fabulous fashion. We had all hands on deck tracking and attending the week’s events. The resources, tools, and templates that FMC makes available to markets every year are meant to be utilized to help promote and plan for…

USDA Announces 2018 FMPP, LFPP, & SCBGP Grant Recipients

Honesta Romberger September 20, 2018

ICYMI: This week, USDA announced this year’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grant recipients. Congratulations to the 2018 awardees, especially to FMC members and colleagues. Looking forward to seeing the great work that grows from these projects! You can view the list of…

Event Opportunity! Firmly Rooted: Building Enterprise and Ownership in a Regional Food Economy

Marian Weaver

EVENT INFORMATION Date Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:00pm – 1:30pm Contact csg.program@aspeninst.org Location Walter Hall Rotunda at Ohio University 25 South Green Drive Athens, Ohio 45701 Hosts Community Strategies Group  For more than 30 years, the southeast region of Appalachian Ohio has been leading the way in leveraging rural assets and enterprise to build a…

USDA awards CLEDA $294,286 farmers market grant

Darlene Wolnik September 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLEDA) – Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) has won a $294,286 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). CLEDA President and CEO Jim Clinton said, “The grant to CLEDA will strengthen the network of rural farmers markets in Central Louisiana. This will significantly increase our capacity to improve access to fresh, healthy…

2018 #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners

Honesta Romberger September 14, 2018

All we can say is, WOW. This year, we once again asked local food fans across the country to enter our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest and help us celebrate our love for farmers markets. And did you guys ever deliver! From coast to coast, and everywhere in between, (including a few from our friends in Australia!),…

New downtown Akron fresh-food market sets October opening

Marian Weaver September 12, 2018

Akron’s getting a new source of fresh food from local farmers and other producers — the city’s anticipated Countryside Public Market. Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, which will run the market, said it has received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will enable it to open the market in the Northside…

Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets Bi-Annual Meeting & Farm Tour – Sept 21-22

Honesta Romberger September 7, 2018

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 11:30am – Saturday, September 22, noon WHERE: Mountain Harvest Kitchen, 105 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, TN 37692 DETAILS: We’ll meet at the Mountain Harvest Kitchen on Friday at 11:30am for registration and lunch. Lunch will be $12 per plate, prepared at Mountain Harvest Kitchen. Following lunch will be presentations from experts…