Labeling for Savvy Consumers: Poultry and Egg Edition

Liz Comiskey November 7, 2013

by Jessica L. Moskowitz As farmers markets continue to grow rapidly in number and popularity, vendors’ labeling and marketing materials have never been more important. Your messaging and word choices impact not only your bottom line, but the relationships and trust you build with customers and market goers. According to the USDA, farmers markets have…

2013 Farm Bill Moves into Conference

Jen O'Brien

The Senate and House have moved their respective farm bills into conference, meaning that they’ve selected conference committee members and will begin the work of reconciling the major differences between the two versions. FMC has submitted a letter to the committee, stating the priorities of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers, and encouraging conferees to…

Farmers and Markets Support Furloughed Workers

Stacy November 6, 2013

The following links include examples of farmers markets supporting furloughed federal government employees during the temporary shutdown in October. Discounts for furloughed employees in Maine Consignment Booth for furloughed feds to sell non edible items in DC Free food for furloughed employees in NH

FMC Submits Comments on SNAP Retailer Requirements

Jen O'Brien

Earlier this month, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) solicited input on SNAP retailer regulations and ways to increase healthy food access to SNAP participants. Specifically, FNS requested, ‘information from any and all interested parties on opportunities to enhance retailer definitions and requirements in a manner that improves access to healthy food choices for SNAP participants as well as program integrity, and ensures that only those…

The New Food Safety Rules are Bad for Farms and Food

Jen O'Brien October 4, 2013

In 2010, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This new legislation was put in place to update the rules and regulations governing the production and handling of our food supply. To implement FSMA, The FDA has spent the past three years creating a new set of requirements for food facilities—including farms—that handle or…

Farmers Market Heroes: Holly and James Hammond bring organic diversified crops to Virginia markets

Jen O'Brien September 2, 2013

Holly and James Hammond started Whisper Hill Farm in 2010, and are already growing over 30 different crops and hundreds of varieties. The farm produces over 30 different types of tomatoes alone, including many heirloom varieties.  Holly shared, “It’s both of our full-time jobs and 100% of our income is generated on farm; 75% of that…

Celebrating the Many Benefits of Farmers Markets

Jen O'Brien August 4, 2013

It’s National Farmers Market Week! On Saturday, August 3rd, FMC, Wholesome Wave, DC Greens and the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace hosted a USDA press conference to kickoff the week’s festivities. Despite a sprinkle of rain, the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace was teeming with shoppers eager to purchase fresh produce, baked goods and other treats. Live…

National Farmers Market Week Kickoff this Weekend in D.C.

Jen O'Brien August 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jen O’Brien (313) 303-6244  July 30, 2013   National Farmers Market Week Kickoff this Weekend in D.C. The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, Wholesome Wave and D.C. Greens will host a press conference on August 3rd at 10:00 am, where the USDA will announce the 2013 farmers…

Temperatures and Markets are Up!

Liz Comiskey July 29, 2013

Hello FMC Supporters, Despite the extreme heat that affected most of the country this month, people have been flocking to their local markets this summer. FMC’s members and supporters have shared amazing photos of the gorgeous produce, delicious prepared foods and many smiling (if sweaty) faces at their markets. These photos and stories have served…

Mid-Season Check-in: Discover You Can: Learn Make Share

Jen O'Brien July 28, 2013

  For the third year, Farmers Market Coalition member markets across the country have participated in the Discover You Can Learn Make Share program, sponsored by Jarden Home Brands (the makers of Ball ®Brand Fresh Preserving Products). Each market offers canning education programs throughout the season, which has been a great way for markets to…