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

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2020

On Monday, the President’s FY 2021 budget proposal was released. In addition to significant cuts to agriculture and safety net programs, the proposal once again suggests eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). Ending such a program would undermine years of work to ensure that independant American family-owned farms are able…

2020 WIC FMNP Fly In Application

Stephanie Fenty February 11, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition is recruiting farmers and market managers for our latest advocacy initiative: The WIC FMNP Fly-in Project. With support from Patagonia and in partnership with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, FMC will be flying up to 8 farmers and market managers to DC to speak directly to their Members of Congress about the…

2020 Board Election Candidates

Stephanie Fenty January 29, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors Election is open from January 15 to 11:59 pm EST on January 31, 2020. See below for the slate of candidates up for election to four open board seats. All current FMC members may submit one ballot in support of up to 4 candidates. Members also have the…

Maine Event

Darlene Wolnik January 28, 2020

  by Darlene Wolnik, Training and Technical Assistance Director I just got back from a wonderful week in Maine for the Maine Federation of Farmers Market (MFFM) Convention held during the Maine Ag Trades Show. I was able to attend courtesy of Maine’s Director of Agricultural Resource Development at the Department of Agriculture Conservation and…

Training and Technical Assistance 2020

Darlene Wolnik January 14, 2020

In November of 2019, I accepted the brand-new position of Training and Technical Assistance Director at FMC, and in December, I began to build the T&TA team. With this evolution, FMC can offer sustained new training programs for market operators and more fully support existing training programs, seek and create additional desperately needed resources and…

2020 Call for Board Nominations

Stephanie Fenty November 14, 2019

FMC is currently soliciting nominees who are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors during the 2020 annual election. FMC’s volunteer Board of Directors consists of individuals with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets or sustainable food systems, and who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets…

Summit Debrief

Darlene Wolnik November 1, 2019

The 2nd annual National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit took place October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. FMC hosted pre-Summit activities, including a state & network leader meeting, an emerging issues panel, and discussion groups on markets training and technical assistance needs.  For the second year, Farmers Market Coalition gave its all for the Summit, including bringing the entire FMC…

TED Talk: Why You Should Shop At Your Local Farmers Market

Darlene Wolnik October 1, 2019

TED Speaker Mohammad Modarres developed the first-ever Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher “Interfaith Meat” to make faith-based foods more accessible. Here he talks about one solution to the farmer crisis. (transcript)00:13: It’s been about a decade since the last financial crisis, yet this industry has never been bigger. Legislation that was meant to better regulate its largest…

Open Letter to FNS

Stephanie Fenty September 18, 2019

The following letter was sent to FNS in September of 2019 on behalf of markets and the organizations that support them around the country. See the PDF here.  Brandon Lipps Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington DC 20250  Dear Mr. Lipps,  In a…

Millions Celebrate Markets During 20th Annual National Farmers Market Week

Stephanie Fenty September 3, 2019

Homer Farmers Market in Alaska loved their free NFMW banner! @homerakfarmersmarket The 20th Annual National Farmers Market Week took place from August 4 to August 10. After some time crunching the numbers, the FMC team is delighted to report that NFMW 2019 was a great success!  Thank you all for your hard work and participation!…