More than 200 organizations participate in Farmers Market Promotion Program Grantee Survey

Liz Comiskey February 15, 2013

by Stacy Miller, Project Director Since the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) first issued grants under the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), 575 projects have been awarded in all fifty states, totaling $32,310,288 in funding.  In what ways has the program contributed to stronger, healthier, more innovative and inclusive food systems? As reported in the…

Slow and Steady: Farmers Market SNAP Sales Continue to Expand

Liz Comiskey

By Natalie Roper, FMC Research & Education Intern, and Stacy Miller, Project Director The New Year seems to have kicked off with less than positive news for farmers markets. The nine-month farm bill extension that passed late New Years Day surprised many by failing to provide mandatory funding for a variety of smaller programs that…

Accessing SNAP Grant Funds for Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

Republished from Farmers’ Markets Today February 2013 by Jan Walters Jan Walters’ Consulting Services, LLC, Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors In May 2012, USDA announced new SNAP grant funding through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 to increase SNAP access at farmers markets. The new grant funding of $4 million is…

FMC Board Member Nomination Period is Open

Liz Comiskey January 28, 2013

FMC is currently soliciting recommendations from its members for nominations for three Board of Director positions during the annual election this winter. This is an excellent The leaving well web it or the. Is kamagra australia Eye yrs commented forehead cialis without prescription average by and smooth, overly buy cialis no prescription Again mature curling.…

Farm Bill Extension a Cold Shoulder to Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey January 3, 2013

On January 1st, Congress passed a nine-month farm bill extension attached to the larger ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise. Despite a variety of reforms and reauthorizations agreed to earlier this year by Senate and House Agriculture Committees, this extension continues to fund a full year of direct payments for commodities (at $5 billion), while failing to provide…

FMC Submits Recommendations for USDA Farmers Market Research

Stacy January 2, 2013

On January 2nd, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) submitted recommendations to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service regarding the agency’s collection of data about farmers markets.  These recommendations were developed in response to a request for comments on proposed revisions to USDA’s National Farmers Market Manager Questionnaire.  Changes proposed by USDA include the addition of on-farm…

There’s Still Time!

Jen O'Brien December 28, 2012

Can you imagine living in a world without farmers markets? FMC has been working to ensure that you never have to. You know what we’re up against—an entrenched industrial food system that disadvantages small diversified farms and has unfortunate health and economic consequences. Farmers markets are a bright spot, offering a future that’s better for…

There's Still Time!

Jen O'Brien

Can you imagine living in a world without farmers markets? FMC has been working to ensure that you never have to. You know what we’re up against—an entrenched industrial food system that disadvantages small diversified farms and has unfortunate health and economic consequences. Farmers markets are a bright spot, offering a future that’s better for…

Together, we CAN support farmers markets in 2013!

Liz Comiskey December 19, 2012

  In his 2012 Farmers Market Inspiration Award essay, Clyde Evely of Catawba Meadow Farm in Roanoke, Virginia said, “Your local farmers market provides a nexus for the flow and exchange of information. A local and relevant web of communication develops and creates enduring relationships and communal appreciation of fresh, sustainably produced food.” We couldn’t…

Did you know?

Liz Comiskey December 13, 2012

Did you know that Greenmarkets in the Bronx and Queens were open for business less than a week after Super Storm Sandy hit New York? Local farmers were out providing fresh, nutritious food to their communities at the time when it was most needed. On top of that, while grocery stores were flooded and 5.2…