Virginia Farmers Markets- Register with VAFMA to Utlize Data through the Market Metrics Program!

Allie Vrtachnik January 11, 2019

VAFMA is rallying all farmers market managers in Virginia to collect data on the impact their markets are having on their communities. Data is incredibly useful for demonstrating how important farmers markets are to our localities and state. It is also beneficial for improving decision-making, market promotion, media relations, advocacy and fundraising. When market managers…

Register for VAFMA’s Market Manager Certification Program- Jan. 25th- April 26th

Allie Vrtachnik

VAFMA’s Market Manager Certification Program is right around the corner! ABOUT: Farmers market management requires a wide range of knowledge & skills to create a profitable market for farmers, a vibrant and diverse shopping experience for consumers, and a market that engages community partners. Market Managers have requested comprehensive training and we have heard your…

MFMA Annual Conference: January 17th-18th

Allie Vrtachnik January 4, 2019

MFMA joins the Minnesota Cottage Foods Producers and the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association for a mega combined conference in St. Cloud. Close to 100 workshops to choose from – something for everyone: food laws, growing techniques, pricing for profitability, farmers’ market management tips, SNAP & Market Bucks, cooking demos, and more! Register now!

Feeding Florida is hiring: Fresh Access Bucks Northwest Florida Coordinator!

Allie Vrtachnik December 20, 2018

Fresh Access Bucks‘ new organization, Feeding Florida, is hiring a new position: FAB Northwest Florida Coordinator. The organization will fill this position regionally in Tallahassee or the Northwest FL region. This is a full-time, benefited position with a semi-flexible schedule. FAB is accepting resumes and cover letters through Friday, January 11th and filling the role…

FMC Begins 2019 With New Leadership: A Letter from FMC Executive Director, Jen Cheek

Honesta Romberger

It is an incredible privilege to lead the Farmers Market Coalition and work every day with FMC’s staff to advance the goals of our distinguished board and inspiring members. While I enjoy this work immensely, I’ve come to a time where it makes sense to “lean out,” if just a little, to make room for…

Farmers Markets Need Support to Collect More Data

Honesta Romberger December 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​ Phone: 717-443-8723   Farmers Markets Need Support to Collect More Data December 18, 2018 – Collecting data at farmers markets is not a new endeavor. But until recently, the data was largely collected and used by researchers, often to understand the role farmers markets play in the…

FMC Analysis: Why the 2018 Farm Bill is Good for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger December 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | After months of inaction and political maneuvering, Congress has hit the gas on the farm bill, introducing the Farm Bill Conference Report late Monday night, and then holding votes in both the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday. The report represents the final compromise between the…

Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, & Local Food

Honesta Romberger December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​ Phone: 717-443-8723   Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, and Local Food December 11, 2018 – After months of delay and disagreement, Congress finally released the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, the compromise between the House and Senate versions, late Monday night. In a surprise…

2018 FMC Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

Liz Comiskey December 7, 2018

Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and local food, who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Please read the candidate biographies below and get ready to vote on January 8, 2019 after our…

How Farmers Markets Can Respond to the Romaine Lettuce Scare

Honesta Romberger December 5, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | Just prior to Thanksgiving, the CDC and FDA took the unusual step of warning shoppers to avoid all romaine lettuce, stating “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.” The advice came as a response…