Farmers Market Metrics Prototype Released

Jen O'Brien July 8, 2014

As hundreds of markets open for the year and others begin their summer season, the Farmers Market Coalition held a kickoff of its own, unveiling the first round of prototype reports from the Farmers Market Metrics project. The Farmers Market Metrics project is a multifaceted measurement initiative conducted in partnership with advocacy groups, market organizations,…

FMC Members Weigh in on How to Interpret and Communicate “Local Food”

Liz Comiskey July 3, 2014

by Stacy Miller, FMC Program Advisor In March, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announced a pilot partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and the Food Routes Network to Explore Definitions of “Local Food.” The project is currently in a three-pronged research phase, including a literature review, survey, and producer-only farmers market policy scan.…

USDA Farmers Market Opens with a Military Chef Cook-Off

Jen O'Brien June 11, 2014

On Friday, I headed to Washington D.C. to join FMC President Bernie Prince, Vice President Copper Alvarez, and Board Members Jeff O’Hara and Gus Schumacher in celebrating the 19th season of the USDA’s Farmers Market. The Opening Day festivities, which fell on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, highlighted the intersection of American Agriculture and the…

Farmers Market at Camp Lejeune off to a Fast Start: Over 1,000 Marine Families attend Grand Opening

Liz Comiskey

by Gus Schumacher, vice-president Wholesome Wave, FMC Board of Directors Just-picked fresh strawberries from North Carolina’s Putnam Farm and the Aman Family Farm quickly sold out at North Carolina’s newest farmers market at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Nearly 1,000 service members and their families stopped by after Commanding General BGen. Robert Castellvi cut the…

Meet Me at Market: Chefs!

Jen O'Brien May 29, 2014

Introducing FMC’s summer campaign: Meet Me at Market! This year, the Farmers Market Coalition is providing the more than 8,100 markets across the country with tools to help them deepen their connection with the community, reach new audiences, and better communicate the market’s activities and impacts. FMC’s Meet Me at Market campaign will provide templates, promotional materials…

Farmers Market Metrics Project to Enhance Evaluation Efforts of Farmers Markets

FMC May 1, 2014

Today, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announces an exciting collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (UW) to build practical tools for evaluating farmers markets and communicating impacts to local, regional, and national stakeholders. FMC is a member-based 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Farmers…

Discover You Can: Learn, Make, Share℠

Liz Comiskey March 28, 2014

As the food preservation movement continues to gain momentum, we are once again bringing you creative resources and tools to educate your community about the benefits of buying and preserving local produce and meats this summer and help them discover ways to make and share “from-farm-to-table” meals all year long! This year, the popular food…

Gaining Ground

Jen O'Brien March 13, 2014

As this LONG, eventful winter comes to end, we’re gearing up for a great farmers market season. February brought the conclusion of what turned out to be a multi-year farm bill debate in Congress. The Agriculture Act of 2014—the farm bill’s official name—took steps toward supporting local agriculture by increasing funding for Community Food Projects,…

The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market – a GMO-FREE Market

Liz Comiskey March 5, 2014

by Sam Cantrell, FMC Member, Farmer, and founder of The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market Our farmers market was started in 2004 as a program of Maysie’s Farm Conservation Center, a small non profit educational organization committed to “working toward a local, sustainable food system”. After four years in the town center of a “new…

Protecting the Validity of ‘Organic’ at Your Market

Liz Comiskey

by Harriet Behar, Organic Specialist, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, (MOSES) harriet@mosesorganic.org The use of the word “organic” on a label in the U.S. is regulated by law, which is managed by the National Organic Program (NOP) within the USDA. Farmers who are certified organic or those who sell less than $5,000 a year…