Seven Days, Seven Ways to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Stacy August 5, 2011

For Immediate Release Contact : Elizabeth Comiskey 877-362-0553 info@farmersmarketcoalition.org August 5, 2011 Farmers Market Coalition Announces Daily Opportunities to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Themed Media Kit Every day this summer, communities are converging to celebrate a simple miracle: farmers coming together to share a harvest that’s feeding local families.  The result?  More viable…

National Farmers Market Week Social Media Cheat Sheet

Liz Comiskey August 3, 2011

What is it? The Cheat Sheet is a list of twitter friendly (140 characters or less) posts that celebrates all the wonderful things that farmers markets do for our communities.  How do you use it? PostTweet Every one of the seven days of National Farmers Markets Week has been given a theme to celebrate one…

What’s Your Return on Investment?: A Letter from the Executive Director

Liz Comiskey July 13, 2011

by Stacy Miller, Executive Director This marks an important time of year for farmers markets, and not only because of the obvious reason that it’s smack dab in mid-season for many.  Fifty Discover You Can markets are getting innovative with canning education across the country, and in every market e-newsletter that comes across my desk,…

Seven Days, Seven Ways to Celebrate Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

To provide a framework for communication, the Farmers Market Coalition has identified seven daily themes inspired by the many accomplishments of its members, and offered to the farmers market community as suggested points of focus:

The Cultural Significance of Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

An Essay by Raymond Saul, Friend of FMC The re-establishment of farmers markets in the United States gives me hope. It is an American success story of renewal. In recent decades, farmers markets have again assumed their historic role as important social and economic institutions in many of our communities.[i]  For many of us, farmers…

Massachusetts Agencies Combine Forces to Promote EBT at Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

by Drew Love Technology can sometimes be a “two steps forward, one step back” kind of progression. In the mid-1990s, the federal food stamp program (now known as SNAP) went under just such a technological transformation. Before the transition, food stamps had been a tangible paper currency that was handed over to cash register operators…

Connecting Plant Vendors with SNAP Customers

Liz Comiskey

A guest post by Daniel Bowman Simon, founder of SNAPGardens.org Most SNAP recipients do not know that they can garden with their benefits, and many farmers and market managers are likewise unaware – or haven’t focused any resources on promoting this choice.  But nearly four decades ago, in 1973, Senator James Allen of Alabama championed…

Discover You Can Takes off this Summer

Liz Comiskey

by Elizabeth Comiskey This spring, the Farmers Market Coalition teamed up with Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, in Discover You Can, a summer canning education program.  Fifty selected farmers markets received stipends, canning supplies, and distribution materials in May.  Now these 50 markets are in the middle of implementing programs…

Assembling the Recipes: A Toolkit for Nutrition Education

Liz Comiskey

by Elizabeth Comiskey More and more farmers markets are serving as launching pads for community health education.  Activities like flash mobbing, designed to get people moving, are happening alongside efforts to teach customers how to cook new foods and encourage children to eat and appreciate fruits and vegetables. Left and right, farmers markets are inspiring…

Farmers Market Grantee Questionnaire

Stacy July 9, 2011

Please complete this brief questionnaire if your farmers market organization has ever applied for AND received federal grant funding. If you are a state or regional organization, please include any projects that specifically provide services to farmers market producers, farmers market shoppers, and/or managers. The Farmers Market Coalition may contact you later in the year for more background about your project(s), and your contact information will be kept confidential.