Celebrating Success, Staying Focused

While it is encouraging to see the interest in farmers markets flourish, it’s also necessary to examine what we are and what we were meant to be. Farmers markets can do a lot of things, but they are meant to support local farmers, local farms, and our local farm economies. It’s a simple mission, but not generally endorsed or easily sustained.

To Market, To Market! Farmers Markets Should Make Some Noise During National Farmers Market Week

Next week, (August 2-8) is National Farmers Market Week, and the nation’s 4,800 farmers markets have a lot to celebrate!

Farmers Market Coalition & Community Food Security Coalition Launch Program to Expand EBT Usage at Farmers Market

Goal to Increase Access to Fresh Healthy Food for EBT/SNAP users For Immediate Release July 15, 2009 Contact: Andy Fisher, Community Food Security Coalition 503-954-2970, andy@foodsecurity.org Stacy Miller, Farmers Market Coalition 304-263-6396, stacy@farmersmarketcoalition.org The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announce a partnership program to increase EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)…

Farmers Market Coalition & Community Food Security Coalition Launch Program to Expand EBT Usage at Farmers Market

Goal to Increase Access to Fresh Healthy Food for EBT/SNAP users For Immediate Release July 15, 2009 Contact: Andy Fisher, Community Food Security Coalition 503-954-2970, andy@foodsecurity.org Stacy Miller, Farmers Market Coalition 304-263-6396, stacy@farmersmarketcoalition.org The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announce a partnership program to increase EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)…

FMC & USDA Launch “Markets Are Up!”

In anticipation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 10th annual National Farmers Market Week (August 2-8, 2009), the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), in cooperation with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), announces Markets Are Up!, an educational and celebratory campaign to help farmers markets and farmers market associations nationwide communicate the vital role that such markets play in improving consumer health, local communities, and economies. As part of the Markets are Up! campaign, promotional tools such as ads, postcards, and templates for press releases and emails are now available on FMC’s website.

FMC & USDA Launch "Markets Are Up!"

In anticipation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 10th annual National Farmers Market Week (August 2-8, 2009), the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), in cooperation with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), announces Markets Are Up!, an educational and celebratory campaign to help farmers markets and farmers market associations nationwide communicate the vital role that such markets play in improving consumer health, local communities, and economies. As part of the Markets are Up! campaign, promotional tools such as ads, postcards, and templates for press releases and emails are now available on FMC’s website.

New York First State to Accept WIC (CVV) Checks at Farmers Markets

WIC checks now accepted for fresh produce at New York farmers’ markets

ALBANY – Participants in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program can now use their monthly checks at New York farmers’ markets to purchase eligible fresh produce. New York is the first state in the nation to allow the use of WIC checks for fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.

Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Growing Faster Than Total Agricultural Sales

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) shows direct-to-consumer farm marketing in the United States is growing faster than total agricultural sales—the two categories increased 104.7 percent and 47.6 percent, respectively, from 1997 to 2007.

USDA Publishes Market Manager Survey Results

The large percentage of young markets explains in part why the growth in the number of farmers markets is not
mirrored by a corresponding growth in sales. Total farmers market sales in 2005 are estimated to have slightly
exceeded $1 billion, compared with $888 million in 2000, an average annual growth rate of 2.5 percent. To

Ag Secretary Vilsack Opens 2009 USDA Farmers Market Season

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today opened the 14th season of the USDA Farmers Market season with a ceremony at USDA Headquarters. The USDA Farmers Market features farmers from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia selling their locally grown produce and other items. The market is open to the public and will operate every Friday through October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at USDA Headquarters on 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.