Legislation Update on SNAP in Farmers Markets

Stacy October 13, 2010

Within a hair’s breadth of the start of the 2011 fiscal year (October 1), Congress passed a continuing resolution to extend 2010 federal spending levels through a continuing resolution that was signed by the President on September 30th.  The continuing resolution funds federal programs at FY 2010 levels until December 3, 2010, when, after the…

Telling the Farm Story: Free Tools Help Farmers Connect with Media


Farmers are the focal point of all farmers markets, and helping tell their story is an important role for a market organization. Any given farm could make a great topic for an article in publications that go to audiences outside the loyal market patronage. To help more farmers and organizations that serve them attract the…

FMC to Partner with Community Food Groups on Communities Putting Prevention to Work


On March 19, 2010 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, improving access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and putting into place policies that will promote the health of populations. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA),…

National Farmers Market Week: A Report from Minnesota


By Ruth White, Farmers Market Coalition board member “It was the broccoli greens that stumped me,” said Minnesota’s Agriculture Commissioner after losing the first-ever “Name that Veggie” contest to kick off 2010’s National Farmers Market Week. Commissioner Gene Hugoson was edged out by U.S. Olympian Carrie Tollefson in his attempt to accurately identify eight different…

FEED and other Evaluation Tools Can Give Markets Insight into Operations and Impacts


By Darlene Wolnik, Director of marketshare, marketumbrella.org Farmers markets often act as the fulcrum of the local food movement in the U.S. In order to prove that assertion to interested investors and leaders, many organizations are using tools to measure the ways that markets succeed or fail. In-depth food system reports are multiplying faster than…

New FAQs Provide a Reference Point for Market Managers and Organizers

Jen O'Brien

During National Farmers Market Week, FMC launched a new Frequently Asked Questions tool on its website, integrated with the Farmers Market Resource Library.  During the month of August, there were nearly 1,500 visits to the FAQ page during August, and visitors spent an average of more than four minutes on the page, nearly twice as…

Partnerships: The Key Ingredient in Successful Farmers Markets

Stacy August 1, 2010

by Cristina Sandolo, Project Co-Director, Nourishing Neighborhoods, Wholesome Wave Foundation This is a guest article submitted by the Wholesome Wave Foundation in honor of National Farmers Market Week 2010. At Wholesome Wave, we have seen firsthand over the years how partnerships between farmers markets and other organizations lead to opportunities to boost new and existing…

Farm To Table Tour Kicks of Farmers Market Week in Washington, DC

Stacy July 29, 2010

Today, the Toyota Farm to Table Tour will sponsor an all-star chef line-up for its Washington D.C. event, hosted by the FRESHFARM Market by the White House (810 Vermont Avenue NW) on Thursday, July 29 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why It’s Essential to Educate Every Day

Stacy July 14, 2010

A Letter from the Board, by Cheryl DeBerry Most farmers market producers and coordinators are knee-deep (scratch that…we’re “neck-deep”) in market season at the moment. With all the planting, tending, harvesting, washing, packing, and hauling needed to get items to the market, then the setting up, selling, and tearing down at the end of the market, plus…

Bringing Community, Not Just Customers, into the Market


By Sylvia Fagin and Jean Hamilton, Northeast Organic Farming Association-Vermont The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is providing Vermont farmers markets with a new tool to bolster the support they receive from their communities. A short (18-page) manual entitled Engaging the Community for Farmers Market Success is now available on the NOFA-VT website.…