Get Your Squash On!

Liz Comiskey October 18, 2011

It’s the 1st Annual FarmersMarket.com Photo Contest!   Football, shmootball…fall’s about more than pigskin and punts. It’s harvest time, when squashes shine!   So, farmers market and local food fans…let’s have a little harvest time fun with a photo contest! Submit your pics of pumpkins and squashes to celebrate the bounty of fall and…benefit your farmers…

The Future of Payment at Farmers Markets: Evolving Technology to Connect Farmers to SNAP and WIC

Liz Comiskey

The Future of Payment at Farmers Markets: Evolving Technology to Connect Farmers to SNAP and WIC by Drew Love There is a $64 billion dollar pool of money out there to support localized sustainable agriculture, and there is a piece of plastic standing in the way. The $64 billion dollars is the amount of money…

Farmers Market Coalition Comes to Charlottesville

Jen O'Brien

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit incorporated in Iowa in 2006, now has presence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This summer, Executive Director Stacy Miller relocated to the city, and brought the organization with her. FMC is committed to strengthening farmers markets across the country for the mutual benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, and…

6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements webinar

Liz Comiskey October 17, 2011

On October 10th, FMC and Michigan Farmers Market Association held the ‘6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements’ webinar.  The webinar explained the background of 6050W, the implication of 6050W on farmers markets, and best practices for scrip recordkeeping.  Most, but not all, markets are exempt, and the webinar explains why and how a…

2010 Fiscal Year Report is Published

Liz Comiskey September 27, 2011

FMC has released their 2010 Fiscal Year Report.  Take a look here.     

FMC to Host Member Meeting via Webinar, September 28th

Stacy September 21, 2011

On September 28th, the Farmers Market Coalition will be holding it’s annual on-line member meeting, where it will announce results from the 2011 Board elections, and host special guest presentations on the Farm Bill horizon as well as highlights from the Discover You Can Program. To register, participants must be Farmers Market Coalition members. Click…

In Disasters, a Smile is Worth a Thousand Words

Stacy September 10, 2011

By Stacy Miller, Executive Director In walking home from my weekly pilgrimage to the Charlottesville City Market this morning, I reflected on what I was doing ten years ago.  I don’t do this every day, mind you, and you likely don’t, either. But who can help but reflect on the impact and aftermath of September…

Finally!: Update on IRS Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements!

Liz Comiskey August 22, 2011

Earlier this year, IRS issued a final rule on “Information Reporting Requirements Payments Made in Settlement of Payment Cards and Third Party Network Transactions” (6050W for short).  Many of you have been eagerly awaiting a final word regarding the reporting obligations of markets operating scrip systems. Are they required to issue 1099s to each individual…

Farmers markets take food safety and traceability to heart

Stacy August 17, 2011

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, says that a full 91% of their current member markets have formal written policies about what products can be sold and by whom. Farmers market managers throughout the country regularly share good risk management practices through the FMC listserv, and the organization incorporates training on food safety and market policies in its workshops, webinars, and on-line resources.

Farmers markets take food safety and traceability to heart

Stacy

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, says that a full 91% of their current member markets have formal written policies about what products can be sold and by whom. Farmers market managers throughout the country regularly share good risk management practices through the FMC listserv, and the organization incorporates training on food safety and market policies in its workshops, webinars, and on-line resources.