Online SNAP at Markets: On the Horizon, not out of reach

Katie Myhre February 24, 2021

Online SNAP: On the horizon, not out of reach.  In March 2020, the world went online. Restaurants, retailers, and farmers alike were suddenly asked to sell their products via pre-order, curbside pickup, “contactless” delivery, or any variation of the new household terms COVID-19 brought us. In the first three months of the U.S. outbreak alone,…

Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months

Diana Broadaway February 19, 2021

For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2021 Online link: https://sdspecialtyproducers.org/2021/02/03/winter-months/ Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months Yankton, S.D.- Most South Dakotans think of local foods as seasonal items. But even through our cold winters, more and more local food hubs, farmers markets and direct to consumer producers are open for business year-round. Our access to fresh,…

February Policy Round Up

Hannah Fuller February 17, 2021

Farmers Market Coalition recently helped to lead a sign-on letter to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture regarding a very concerning change to the Request for Applications for the current round of funding through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program. The language in question reads: “GusNIP allows the use of incentives only for qualifying…

Beyond Equity Statements: Black food leaders building an anti-racist toolkit for farmers markets

Hannah Fuller February 3, 2021

Farmers markets have benefited from the reputation of being inherently good for people, communities, and economies. It’s easy to frame markets in this positive light. A farmers market search will bring up images of outdoor markets with smiling shoppers connecting with their neighbors and local farmers. These images will also reveal the unfortunate fact that…

Letter to USDA AMS Regarding LAMP COVID Funding

Hannah Fuller February 2, 2021

At the end of a tumultuous year, the Senate passed both a long overdue COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill. Both of these activities included important victories for farmers and farmers market operators, but also highlighted the need to critically consider how these programs and funds will be administered by USDA…

Takeaways from Match the Market

Hannah Fuller February 1, 2021

When Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and Pinnacle Prevention received the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant, Aryn Mclaren (Iowa Healthiest State Initiatives) and Adrienne Udarbe (Pinnacle Prevention) focused their efforts on expanding the types of participating outlets to include farmers markets and brick and mortar sites. Aryn and Adrienne knew making the leap to…

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators Make When Choosing EBT Devices 

Katie Myhre January 29, 2021

Common Mistakes Farmers Market Operators make when choosing EBT Devices  Farmers markets around the country have been moving towards accepting additional currencies like SNAP benefits in order to make farm-direct food accessible to all shoppers. However, the nature of farmers markets and federal nutrition benefit programs requires that market operators have special equipment – EBT…

SDSPA: Specialty Producer Webinar Series

Diana Broadaway January 28, 2021

Educational Webinar Series for Specialty Food Producers The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has announced a new educational series for local food producers, Farmers Markets managers and vendors, and others interested in selling direct to consumers. “We are hosting training for producers to get together over the winter and plan for the summer 2021…

Communities of Practice: Fostering Communication and Collaboration

Diana Broadaway January 13, 2021

Nurturing communities and the connections they foster is central to strengthening local and regional food systems. These communities may be formal or informal, large or small. We may not realize how many of these communities we participate in each day and how these opportunities to share with and learn from one another influence our personal…

Webinars, Resources & TA: A Year of Highlighting Market Operators in the Nutrition Incentive Hub

Hannah Fuller January 7, 2021

As the new calendar year kicks off and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) team begins working towards 2021 goals, it’s important to celebrate the foundational work and accomplishments made in 2020.  Last year brought many opportunities for farmers markets and FMC. A major one was collaborating with Ecology Center and Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA)…