Senator Kiki Curls sponsors bill to establish a Missouri senior farmers’ market nutrition program

Allie Vrtachnik April 19, 2018

“Legislation that would establish a Missouri senior farmers’ market nutrition program is expected to head to the House floor in Jefferson City. ‘It will increase the availability of more nutritious food for our seniors, increase the profitability of our local farmers and help to strengthen our local economies,’ Curls testified Tuesday.The House Agriculture Policy Committee…

Wichita’s Old Town Farmers Market to open with In Season Bistro

Allie Vrtachnik

Old Town Farmers Market’s opening day will also mark the opening of its In Season Bistro. The eatery will offer market vendor produce and ingredients on its menu, and will be located at the market’s center. Read more about the bistro and its opening here.

Spotlight on the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market

Allie Vrtachnik

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Bradenton 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 market that surrounds…

Farmers Market Metrics Platform is Now Open to FMC Members!

Honesta Romberger April 18, 2018

  Exciting news! FMC’s Farmers Market Metrics data collection platform, which has been under development and testing with a closed group of pilot markets over the past three market seasons, is now open to all FMC members, ready to help you start collecting and sharing data on your market. Farmers Market Metrics was designed to support…

Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers Markets to Improve Farm Sales

Darlene Wolnik April 17, 2018

Date: Thursday, April 19th Time: 9:30am-2:30pm Location: Lake Morey Resort- Fairlee, VT Cost: $25 NOFA-VT and VTFMA members, $35 non-members. Lunch is included. Registration is closed but there still is space! If you’re interested in attending, please email kyla@nofavt.org

Farm Bill Update: the Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

Honesta Romberger April 16, 2018

Last Thursday, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, introduced draft farm bill legislation, which Democrats and anti-hunger groups were quick to deride. For farmers markets, the legislation in its current form would be something of a mixed bag. The best news in the bill for farmers markets comes from the Food Insecurity…

Double Up Food Bucks at Kansas farmers markets

Allie Vrtachnik April 12, 2018

“The Downtown Topeka Farmers Market along with others in northeast Kansas will participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program, a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more healthy food and supports local farmers. The farmers market, located at S.W. 12th and Harrison, opens Saturday, April 14. SNAP participants who shop at…

Amid funding snag, Maine ‘Harvest Bucks’ program for needy gets community investments

Liz Comiskey April 11, 2018

AUGUSTA — A program that rewards thousands of low-income Mainers receiving financial food assistance for using their benefits to buy locally grown food such as that found at farmers markets is in funding jeopardy this spring. But Maine farmers market, including those in Augusta and Waterville, are turning to community support and other solutions to…

Va Peninsula ‘Tastefully Yours’ Foodbank Fundraiser- April 12th

Allie Vrtachnik April 9, 2018

“Tastefully Yours is an annual food and drink sampling event at the Hampton Roads Convention Center that benefits the food bank. This year’s event is 6-9:30 p.m. April 12. About 30 restaurants and breweries join ticket holders for a night of live music, casino games and more. The event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.…

Southwest New Mexico Food Hub to extend local foods

Allie Vrtachnik

“Local farmers gathered at The Volunteer Center of Grant County on Monday to hear about a new program called the Southwest New Mexico Food Hub and how it can help them get more of their produce to markets farther afield. The National Center for Frontier Communities, a nonprofit organization in Silver City, received a $125,000…