Mid-Season Check-in: Discover You Can: Learn Make Share

Jen O'Brien July 28, 2013

  For the third year, Farmers Market Coalition member markets across the country have participated in the Discover You Can Learn Make Share program, sponsored by Jarden Home Brands (the makers of Ball ®Brand Fresh Preserving Products). Each market offers canning education programs throughout the season, which has been a great way for markets to…

FMC to Add Power of Produce Children’s Programming Materials to Member Offerings

Liz Comiskey

by Natalie Roper, Research and Education Intern This past fall, I worked with fellow University of Virginia students Erica Stratton and Carla Jones to pilot the Power of Produce (POP) Club program at the Charlottesville City Market in Charlottesville, Virginia. We heard about how successful Jackie Hammond had been starting POP at the Oregon City…

Farmers Markets and the Farm Bill: What’s Happening Now

Liz Comiskey

by Jen O’Brien As the saga of the Farm Bill stretches on, it has grown increasingly complicated. Here’s an update of what’s happened in the past two months regarding the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Though these programs represent a very small piece of the bill’s budget,…

WIC FMNP: A Win-Win for Families and Farmers

Liz Comiskey

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides low-income young and expecting mothers an incentive to access to fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables at farmers markets while reinvesting government dollars into local economies and providing crucial revenue to small farmers.  In 2012, the program cost-effectively provided fresh produce to more than…

Fundraising Success: Hemlock Farmers Market Raises a Barn

Liz Comiskey July 24, 2013

By Emily Finn, Research and Education Intern In many ways, the Hemlock Farmers Market (HFM) in Hemlock, Michigan looks much like many other farmers markets across the US – a vital part of a small community; designed to support area producers and to provide healthier options for its residents; changing and growing from year to…

Markets are Up!

Jen O'Brien July 19, 2013

National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is August 4th-10th! It’s the perfect time to showcase the many benefits that your market brings to your community.  Invite politicians, legislators, chefs and local celebrities to your market, so they can see first-hand the fantastic food, people, and atmosphere created week after week. Your guests will benefit by having…

2013 National Farmers Market Week

Jen O'Brien July 12, 2013

It’s official! Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak has released a proclamation stating that August 4th through 10th of 2013 will be National Farmers Market Week. Stay tuned to FMC for promotional materials and templates for your National Farmers Market Week activities!

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Analyzed: New Reports Find Positive Effects on Producers, Consumers, and Communities

Stacy July 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2013 Primary Contact: Stacy Miller, Project Director at the Farmers Market Coalition 434-984-0175, stacy@farmersmarketcoalition.org Additional Contact: Emery Van Hook, Interim Executive Director at Market Umbrella 504-861-4485, emery@marketumbrella.org Farmers Market Coalition and Market Umbrella Release Study of FMPP Grant Activities and Impacts The Farmers Market Coalition and Market Umbrella have released…

Ensure that hospitals invest in your local food system!

Jen O'Brien July 5, 2013

Did you know that it may be possible for your farmers market to partner with and receive funding from non-profit hospitals in your area? Charitable hospitals are required to spend a portion of their revenues to assist in the improvement of community health, in whatever manner they see fit. Now, as part of the Affordable…

Are You Eligible for a FREE EBT Machine From Your State?

Jen O'Brien May 31, 2013

In May of 2012, the USDA announced new grant funding through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 to increase SNAP access at farmers markets. $4 million was appropriated for the purchase or rental of a wireless device and related SNAP fees for markets.The purpose of the funds is to increase the availability…