Fresh food program expands to serve more Maine seniors

Liz Comiskey September 7, 2018

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program got some extra cash, allowing it to eliminate its waiting list and open up the program to 1,000 more participants. Read full article.

The Alaska Food Festival & Conference – March 8-9, 2019

Honesta Romberger

The Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Farmers Market Association are partnering for the 4th semi-annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference. The Alaska Farmers Market Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska. We’re still in the early planning stages of the conference, but will continually…

Business Planning Contest Announced for New York farmers markets

Darlene Wolnik

The contest will be held at the annual Farm-to-Table banquet at the Farmers Market Managers Annual Conference, held March 5 and 6 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. The contest will be the after dinner entertainment so that the contestants will have a live audience to present to. A panel of judges will…

Louisiana Healthcare Connections Funds Market Access Programs

Darlene Wolnik September 6, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Healthcare Connections has announced its sponsorship of the Big River Economic and Agriculture Alliance Red Stick Rewards program. The program will match purchases up to $10 made with a Louisiana Purchase Benefit card at any Baton Rouge area Red Stick Farmers Market. BREADA’s markets have been accepting SNAP cards since 2013. In 2017…

DEADLINE for LAMP Sign-on Letter is Tomorrow, Sept 7th.

Honesta Romberger

As Congress returns from recess, the farm bill is a top priority. With the 2014 farm bill set to expire September 30th amid ongoing disagreements about SNAP work requirements, members of Congress are feeling the pressure to deliver a bill on time. Unfortunately for farmers markets, the fate of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)…

A Weekend of Flavor, Culture, & Exploration: Recapping the 2018 Slow Food Nations Event

Darlene Wolnik August 30, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | In the middle of July, I flew to Denver to attend the second annual Slow Food Nations event. Advocates, funders, farmers, food writers, and organizers were all in attendance over the two days of events held in and around Larimer Square in the LoDo District, near to Boulder County Farmers…

Act this week to tell Congress you love LAMP!

Honesta Romberger August 28, 2018

As the House of Representatives returns from its August recess in a few days, the House-Senate Conference Committee on the farm bill is set to meet for the first time on September 5th. As this date quickly approaches, we have an especially important window of opportunity to elevate our voices in support of vulnerable programs…

No crop left behind: NH Gleans harvests for food equity, access

Liz Comiskey

If a hardworking group of volunteers has anything to say about it, there will be no crop left behind in the fields and markets of New Hampshire. In a small state where one in 10 residents grapples with food insecurity, these foragers span the natural land from Portsmouth to Keene in an effort to get…

Markets and Truffles: Delaware Couple Invested in Ag

Liz Comiskey August 27, 2018

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Prince believes that the future of farm markets is bright. She is the co-founder and was the former co-director of FreshFarm, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that operates a network of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. FreshFarm, with its school programs, chef demonstrations and other innovations, is considered a…