Ignorance is not Bliss: An Attorney's Take on Farmers Market Insurance

Stacy April 19, 2011

By Sara Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney, PHLP at Public Health Law & Policy and Farmers Market Insurance Task Force Member As a staff attorney at Public Health Law & Policy, I get questions from people all over the country who are trying to make their communities healthier. Some folks are trying to get healthier food…

Farmers Market SNAP Sales Soar in 2010


By Drew Love, FMC Research & Education Intern Over the past five years, the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increased 263%. That is only one of many promising figures to emerge from a forthcoming USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) report on SNAP redemption rates…

States advocate for legislation and regulation to support home-based micro-processing

Jen O'Brien

By Drew Love, FMC Research & Education Intern When the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in 2010, it established an important precedent by allowing smaller, direct-marketing farms to be exempt from many of the new federal requirements, provided that they could prove compliance with applicable state and local regulations. Now, a wave of legislative and…

FMC explores implications of IRS electronic payment reporting requirements


By Stacy Miller, Executive Director In March, official numbers from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service confirmed that the number of SNAP authorized farmers market organizations had grown to more than 1,600 in 2010, with redemptions totaling $7.5 million. That amount represent as more than 70% increase since 2009. What better celebration of spring than knowing…

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…