PASA Issues Op-Ed on Food Safety

After sending a small delegation to meet with the house staffers drafting the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) issued an op-ed on food safety which lays out their priorities for protecting food safety while not presenting undue burden on small-scale sustainable farms and those who direct market.

Wholesome Wave Foundations Announces Double Value Coupon Program

The Double Value Coupon Program at farmers’ markets and other direct-to-consumer sales outlets affects a triple bottom line. It is the first of Wholesome Wave Foundation’s “Nourishing Neighborhoods” campaign initiatives. Vulnerable community members including families, their children and seniors who participate in the program can use their SNAP (Food Stamp) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards,…

America’s Favorite Farmers Markets Contest Announced by AFT

American Farmland Trust is pleased to announce its first-ever, annual “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” contest. The contest is a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can acquire the most constituent votes over the course of this summer. The goal is to improve the connection between citizens and their local farms and food and to raise national awareness about the value of farmers markets in our communities.

America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest Announced by AFT

American Farmland Trust is pleased to announce its first-ever, annual “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” contest. The contest is a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can acquire the most constituent votes over the course of this summer. The goal is to improve the connection between citizens and their local farms and food and to raise national awareness about the value of farmers markets in our communities.

FMC Shares Market Shopping Tips at Rodale.com

Make a list with backups. “Make a list of what you want to buy ahead of time, just like you do at a department or grocery store,” suggests Miller. “But remember to be flexible within food groups. Those killer hearth-baked baguettes might be sold out when you arrive, but that doesn’t mean you need to go buy the Safeway version. Consider a couple pounds of new potatoes from a different vendor instead.”

Chicago Tribune Shares 13 Strategies for Shopping at a Farmers Market

But whether you are a market newbie or a market veteran, we’ve got some tips that will help you get the most from your farmers market visit.

Chicago Farmers Markets Award Bag Design Award to Local Students

COUNTRY Financial presented Nathan, a Mather High School senior, with a $1,000 scholarship on Thursday, May 14 during a Chicago Farmers Markets Kick Off at Daley Plaza. COUNTRY sponsored its Second Farmers Markets Reusable Bag Design Contest for Chicago Public School students in April. Nathan’s winning design was chosen from more than 150 entries.

White House Establishes Food Safety Working Group

Food safety is a serious topic. Farmers market supporters who want to ensure that food safety policy does not endanger the livelihoods of small direct-marketing farmers, and that regulatory changes are scale-sensitive and focus on the areas of highest risk (large, wholesaling production and processing operations), are encouraged to:

* Watch the opening of the Food Safety Working Group Listening Session at WhiteHouse.gov/live, kicked off by Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Vilsack, the co-chairs of the Working Group.

* Make comments in the White House’s comment form, or let the Working Group know on twitter (hashtag #WHsafefood) or at the white House’s Facebook page.

State Farmers Market Association Survey Summary Released

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) initiated a study of state farmers market associations in January 2009, surveying all known existing farmers markets associations in the United States. The data collected in this survey, which represents responses from 26 participating organizations, is available in a new summary report on the FMC web site. The purpose of the survey was to identify how FMAs are organized, how they operate and what they need to effectively address the needs of farmers markets in their respective regions. An additional goal was to identify areas where FMAs could benefit from professional development, peer-to-peer learning and other services offered by FMC.

Law takes tax onus off Arkansas farmers markets

As vendors sell their produce and flowers at the 68 farmers markets opening across the state, they can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

They no longer must collect a state sales tax.

Gov. Mike Beebe signed Act 1205 into law April 8, allowing tax-free sales at farmers markets.

Without passage of the legislation, directors of farmers markets feared an exodus of vendors unwilling to negotiate the regulatory hurdles….