Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers

Diana Broadaway April 17, 2020

Press Release- For Immediate Release- April 6, 2020 Tom Bodensteiner, SDSPA President bodensbeamwork@icloud.com   Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers Yankton, S.D.: Because of the state and worldwide lockdown many of our local food producer’s right here in South Dakota are feeling the financial pinch. Since people are staying away from the grocery stores…

Senate Stimulus Bill Extends $9.5 Billion Lifeline to Local Food Economy

Stephanie Fenty March 25, 2020

Farmers Market Coalition urges swift movement in the House to keep national farm and food system strong Washington, D.C., March 25, 2020 – After an all-night negotiation, the Senate today passed a two trillion-dollar stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus,…

Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 — Best Practices, Examples, and Resources

Darlene Wolnik March 18, 2020

As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, farmers market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are vital to food access for consumers and the livelihoods of farmers. In response, market operators are developing communications, preparing contingency plans, and in some regions, beginning to…

Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 — Daily Updates and Announcements

Stephanie Fenty March 9, 2020

 This post was originally published on March 9, 2020 and is updated as new information becomes available.  As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, farmers market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are vital to food access for consumers and the livelihoods of…

Metrics 2020

Erica Anderson February 24, 2020

As it’s early in the new year (and decade!), I want to reflect on what lies ahead in terms of data collection and Metrics. FMC’s 2020 priorities and direction for Metrics stem from us learning that direct work with Metrics users early in the process gets a much greater return in user satisfaction than continuing…

President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2020

On Monday, the President’s FY 2021 budget proposal was released. In addition to significant cuts to agriculture and safety net programs, the proposal once again suggests eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). Ending such a program would undermine years of work to ensure that independant American family-owned farms are able…

2020 WIC FMNP Fly In Application

Stephanie Fenty February 11, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition is recruiting farmers and market managers for our latest advocacy initiative: The WIC FMNP Fly-in Project. With support from Patagonia and in partnership with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, FMC will be flying up to 8 farmers and market managers to DC to speak directly to their Members of Congress about the…

2020 Board Election Candidates

Stephanie Fenty January 29, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors Election is open from January 15 to 11:59 pm EST on January 31, 2020. See below for the slate of candidates up for election to four open board seats. All current FMC members may submit one ballot in support of up to 4 candidates. Members also have the…

Maine Event

Darlene Wolnik January 28, 2020

  by Darlene Wolnik, Training and Technical Assistance Director I just got back from a wonderful week in Maine for the Maine Federation of Farmers Market (MFFM) Convention held during the Maine Ag Trades Show. I was able to attend courtesy of Maine’s Director of Agricultural Resource Development at the Department of Agriculture Conservation and…

Training and Technical Assistance 2020

Darlene Wolnik January 14, 2020

In November of 2019, I accepted the brand-new position of Training and Technical Assistance Director at FMC, and in December, I began to build the T&TA team. With this evolution, FMC can offer sustained new training programs for market operators and more fully support existing training programs, seek and create additional desperately needed resources and…