URGENT: Wireless EBT in the 2012 Budget

Stacy April 13, 2011

Isn’t it about time USDA followed through on its commitment to SNAP EBT at farmers markets? The House Agriculture Appropriations Sub-Committee is accepting written testimony until this Thursday on programmatic requests in the 2012 budget.  This is our chance to tell these decision-makers how much of a positive impact this $4 million will make in thousands…

Discover You Can this summer and get involved!

Liz Comiskey

This summer, 50 FMC farmers markets will be sharing the benefits of home canning with members of their communities. The Discover You CanSM program will help illustrate the three simple steps of home canning through demonstrations. In addition, the program provides coupons and samples to help everyone get start turning fresh, locally grown favorites into delicious food in a jar!

Take Our Health Insurance Survey

Stacy March 17, 2011

the National Farmers Market Health Insurance Survey is here!

FMC Responds to FMPP Proposed Rule

Stacy March 15, 2011

On January 19th, a notice was filed in the Federal Register soliciting input on the proposed Farmers Market Promotion Program Regulation.  This rule  establishes eligibility and application requirements, the review and approval processs, and grant administration procedures.  The announcement asks for comments on various aspects of the grant program, information-collection burden on applicants and reviewers,…

FMC Thanks Obama for Supporting Wireless EBT at Farmers Markets

Stacy February 24, 2011

On February 14th, 2011, President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2012. Despite more than $3.2 billion in proposed discretionary cuts to the overall USDA Budget, the President showed some Valentine’s Day love for farmers markets by including $4 million in his proposed budget for USDA Food and Nutrition Service for providing wireless POS…

A Letter to Members RE: Copyright Liability

Stacy February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011 Call me crazy, but I’ve been thinking about risk a lot lately. What if this? What if that? Whether it’s related to product liability, market liability, or copyright liability, we’ve worked too hard to build farmers markets’ role as community anchors to risk everything to a lawsuit. This is partly why we…

Market Manager FAQs Now Available in Printable PDF

Liz Comiskey February 14, 2011

Last August, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) launched a new Frequently Asked Questions tool on its website, integrated with the Farmers Market Resource Library.  Since its release there have been over 4,300 visitors to the page, and visitors spent an average of more than four minutes on the page, nearly twice as long as the…

A New Year Brings New Opportunities and Challenges

Jen O'Brien January 11, 2011

Happy New Year, fellow travelers in the healthy food movement! It has been a tremendous year with lots of hard work… many new customers and farmers coming to market and lots of challenges to continue to serve at our highest levels. Just like you, the Farmers Market Coalition has met challenges and successes with determination…

FMC Announces Insurance Webinars to Start January 31st

Jen O'Brien

The first part of purchasing any policy is overcoming the sometimes overwhelming “legalese” that infuses most insurance research. The first webinar in FMC’s series, “Demystifying Farmers Market Risk and Being a Smart Insurance Shopper,” aims to identify all areas of legal exposure to risk, define the most commonly used terms, and identity helpful tips for analyzing and purchasing an insurance policy. Peter Kochenburger, University of Connecticut Law Professor, and Melissa Kauffman, from Jester Insurance, will both explain the essentials of understanding insurance policies, and the different factors that influence a policy’s price such as attendance, number of vendors, governance, items sold, and more. This session is scheduled for January 31st at 1 p.m. Eastern. Jeff Cole, Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets and moderator for this webinar, emphasizes the importance of reviewing an insurance policy before purchasing it.

FNS Funds Research to Better Understand Farmers Market SNAP Acceptance

Jen O'Brien

FNS has recently taken an interest in learning how to better connect SNAP clients to farmers markets, and initiated a competitive bidding process in mid-2010 to contract a research team to investigate SNAP access at farmers markets. After the bids had been submitted, Westat, a research firm based out of Rockville, Maryland, emerged as the winner and received the multi-million dollar contract to conduct the research.