Discover You Can Takes off this Summer

Liz Comiskey July 13, 2011

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.

Do Farmers Markets Matter to Your Senator?

Stacy June 28, 2011

Tell them your community depends on the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and that the WIC Fruit & Vegetable Voucher, which farmers are only authorized to redeem in fewer than 10 states, is no substitution. Ask them to stand with us, the nation’s more than 6,100 farmers markets, to restore full funding for WIC FMNP. If you want to tell them how many farmers and markets in your state depend on WIC FMNP, click here to find your state’s stats.

Keep your Farmer Alive!

Stacy June 16, 2011

Immediate Action Needed to Protect Local and Regional Food Systems! Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives began voting on its agriculture appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2012.  Last morning, Representative Foxx (North Carolina) offered an amendment AGAINST local and regional foods – to remove all support for the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which uses existing funds and resources…

FMC Receives Grant from Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust

Stacy June 6, 2011

For Immediate Release June 6, 2011 Contact: Stacy Miller, Farmers Market Coalition 434-984-0175, stacy@farmersmarketcoalition.org The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust.  The award, totaling $10,000, was made in recognition of FMC’s mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and…

Eleven Senators Sign on to Support Funding for Wireless EBT at Farmers Markets

Stacy May 26, 2011

EBT in Farmers Markets Fiscal Year 2012 Funding Letter On May 26th, 2011, ten senators signed on to a letter written by Senator Tom Udall (NM) and the Farmers Market Coalition, urging their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to support $4 million in funding for wireless POS at farmers markets in the Fiscal Year 2012…

Discover You Can 2011 Markets Announced

Stacy May 6, 2011

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) and Jarden Home Brands are excited to announce that fifty FMC member farmers market organizations have been selected to participate in the 2011 Discover You Can℠ program.

Announcing FMC’s Annual Campaign: A Letter from the President

Stacy April 19, 2011

Dear FMC members and supporters, It’s been a very long and busy winter! FMC’s Board Retreat in Washington, DC in January was a big success. In just one long day, and a couple of short ones, our board developed recommendations for bylaw changes to keep in step with our growth and established financial goals to keep FMC…

Announcing FMC's Annual Campaign: A Letter from the President

Stacy

Dear FMC members and supporters, It’s been a very long and busy winter! FMC’s Board Retreat in Washington, DC in January was a big success. In just one long day, and a couple of short ones, our board developed recommendations for bylaw changes to keep in step with our growth and established financial goals to keep FMC…