Resolve Conflict at Farmers Markets

Hannah Fuller August 5, 2021

Conflict is an inherent part of life and can often bring about good change. Having the skills to resolve conflict is an essential part of a successful life, especially as a farmers market manager. In the field of the farmers markets, dealing with a lot of different types of people, there will inevitably be conflict…

Top 5 Farmers Market References in Popular TV Shows

Mykalee McGowan

1. Parks and Recreation, Season 6 Episode 12 I love this episode because it feels like it could have been written by someone who’s spent a lot of time at farmers markets. Leslie Knope must have borrowed from FMC talking points in introducing the market: “It’s good for the economy, it’s good for families, and…

Profile: Columbia Farmers Market + Columbia’s Agriculture Park

Hannah Fuller August 4, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Columbia Farmers Market! Mission: The mission of the Columbia Farmers Market is to provide both the local farmer and consumer a reliable, regulated marketplace for the direct exchange of high quality and safe…

Profile: Boise Farmers Market

Hannah Fuller

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. Next up, the Boise Farmers Market in Boise, Idaho!   Mission: The Boise Farmers Market supports a regenerative, healthy food and agricultural system by operating a vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown and crafted products.  Vision:…

Profile: New Roots Bronx Community Farm

Hannah Fuller August 3, 2021

Throughout National #FarmersMarketWeek we’re highlighting a few standout local food systems organizations that we’ve found inspiring over the past year. First up, the New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm! At New Roots’ Bronx Community Farm, the mission of developing a community-driven food system extends far beyond growing food. The half acre farm — which was previously…

Researchers, USDA, and Local Food Networks Explore Impact of COVID-19 on Local and Regional Food Systems

Diana Broadaway July 30, 2021

In the late spring of 2020, FMC joined a collaborative project led by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the University of Kentucky, which included 16 other local food system communities of practice and network leaders. The year-long “Local Food Systems Response to COVID” project was designed both to spotlight the work done by…

National Farmers Market Week 2021

Diana Broadaway July 26, 2021

Press Release: For Immediate Release- July 22, 2021 Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2021 The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) joins farmers markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 1-7, 2021. In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets, like all other small businesses, have innovated to continue…

Marketing Tips for an Ever Changing Marketplace: increase sales, foot traffic and repeat customers

Hannah Fuller July 12, 2021

Summer is now upon us, and we’re in the full swing of the farmers market season. All of the happy and excited faces of customers are walking from booth to booth to pick their favorite, fresh local produce, eggs and meats. It is an amazing time to be in the food movement and so vital…

WIC FMNP Advocacy Update Summer 2021

Hannah Fuller June 23, 2021

Earlier this year, the Farmers Market Coalition called on our members and broader farmers market community to ask their Members of Congress to sign on in support of an increase in funding to the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). Thanks to those advocacy efforts, “Dear Colleague Letters” in both the House and Senate resulted…

The 2021 National Farmers Market Week Toolkit is Here!

Hannah Fuller June 16, 2021

National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is our favorite celebration of the year here at FMC. The past year has been quite the haul for farmers market operators, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the resilience of our farmers markets nationally, and everything they do to serve their communities locally. After releasing portions of the FMC National…