There’s Still Time!

Jen O'Brien December 28, 2012

Can you imagine living in a world without farmers markets? FMC has been working to ensure that you never have to. You know what we’re up against—an entrenched industrial food system that disadvantages small diversified farms and has unfortunate health and economic consequences. Farmers markets are a bright spot, offering a future that’s better for…

There's Still Time!

Jen O'Brien

Can you imagine living in a world without farmers markets? FMC has been working to ensure that you never have to. You know what we’re up against—an entrenched industrial food system that disadvantages small diversified farms and has unfortunate health and economic consequences. Farmers markets are a bright spot, offering a future that’s better for…

Together, we CAN support farmers markets in 2013!

Liz Comiskey December 19, 2012

  In his 2012 Farmers Market Inspiration Award essay, Clyde Evely of Catawba Meadow Farm in Roanoke, Virginia said, “Your local farmers market provides a nexus for the flow and exchange of information. A local and relevant web of communication develops and creates enduring relationships and communal appreciation of fresh, sustainably produced food.” We couldn’t…

Did you know?

Liz Comiskey December 13, 2012

Did you know that Greenmarkets in the Bronx and Queens were open for business less than a week after Super Storm Sandy hit New York? Local farmers were out providing fresh, nutritious food to their communities at the time when it was most needed. On top of that, while grocery stores were flooded and 5.2…

FMC and 146 farmers market leaders sign on to ask Congress to reauthorize FMPP and SFMNP

Liz Comiskey December 6, 2012

Today, December 6, 2012, the Farmers Market Coalition sent a letter to demand a Farm Bill in 2012 and the re authorization of FMPP and SFMNP. View the letter sent to Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi by clicking on the link below:   FMC Farm Bill Letter FMPP_FMNP_12.6.2012    

USDA Seeks Comments on Farmers Market Research

Stacy November 27, 2012

On November 5th, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a request for comments on proposed changes to its process of collecting information about farmers markets. Proposed changes, as described in the Federal Register notice, are designed to reduce duplication in the collection of information from the annual Farmers Market Directory…

Is it Market Failure or a New Paradigm for Pricing?

Stacy October 29, 2012

Seldom do researchers or advocates try to dissect the elements of this unique kind of marketplace, with good reason– farmers markets not only defy conventional economics, but defy generalization as a system. As Horwich himself says, “It’s a great reminder that even the simplest-seeming market is vastly more complex than economic theory.”

Diving in to all the moving parts

Liz Comiskey October 24, 2012

Hello FMC Members and Friends, The past 10 weeks as FMC’s Interim Executive Director have been a whirlwind and a gift. Each aspect of our three-pronged approach of education, networking and advocacy has been in full swing, and I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to jump right in. Recent webinars covered food safety, social media, and…

FMC embarks on research of FMPP impacts

Liz Comiskey

As delays in the Farm Bill reauthorization raise questions about if and when some USDA grant programs (like the Farmers Market Promotion Program, or FMPP) may be implemented in 2013, the time is right to ask: How important is USDA’s FMPP to growing stronger, healthier, more innovative and inclusive food systems? On October 10th, the…

Legislating Farmers Markets—a journey in St. Louis, Missouri

Liz Comiskey

Guest Post By Deborah Henderson, Manager of the Clayton Farmer’s Market FARMERS’ MARKET MANAGERS AND STAKEHOLDERS ENCOUNTERED PROBLEMS IN ST. LOUIS As the new manager of the Clayton Farmer’s Market in St. Louis Co, Missouri in 2011, I enthusiastically began the job of talking to prospective vendors about coming to the market.  I was surprised…