Health Insurance Gaps in Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey October 19, 2011

By Drew Love As the food movement continues to gain in popularity and market share, the number of farmers markets have sky rocketed over the past few years.  From 2010 to 2011 alone there was a 17% increase resulting in a total of 7,175 markets. In order to guarantee the long-term financial and human resource…

Strengthening the Farmers Market Community through Joint Membership

Liz Comiskey

In 2011, the Agricultural Market Services Department of the USDA reported that there were 7,175 farmers markets. That represents a 17% growth rate from 2010, (when numbers had grown 16% since 2009). The trend is hardly a recent phenomenon. Farmers markets have grown steadily, without exception, since 1994. Yet any farmers market vendor, shopper, or…

Farming Faces & Web Tools

Liz Comiskey October 18, 2011

Buy Local blogs and websites abound these days, offering interesting content and ideas that appeal to the foodie movement.  A unique and useful (and free!) tool was recently introduced to FMC that stands apart from the rest of the food focused resources out there.  Small Farm Central’s ‘ Farming Faces‘ is a web tool that was…

Farming Faces & Web Tools

Liz Comiskey

Buy Local blogs and websites abound these days, offering interesting content and ideas that appeal to the foodie movement.  A unique and useful (and free!) tool was recently introduced to FMC that stands apart from the rest of the food focused resources out there.  Small Farm Central’s ‘ Farming Faces‘ is a web tool that was…

Get Your Squash On!

Liz Comiskey

It’s the 1st Annual FarmersMarket.com Photo Contest!   Football, shmootball…fall’s about more than pigskin and punts. It’s harvest time, when squashes shine!   So, farmers market and local food fans…let’s have a little harvest time fun with a photo contest! Submit your pics of pumpkins and squashes to celebrate the bounty of fall and…benefit your farmers…

The Future of Payment at Farmers Markets: Evolving Technology to Connect Farmers to SNAP and WIC

Liz Comiskey

The Future of Payment at Farmers Markets: Evolving Technology to Connect Farmers to SNAP and WIC by Drew Love There is a $64 billion dollar pool of money out there to support localized sustainable agriculture, and there is a piece of plastic standing in the way. The $64 billion dollars is the amount of money…

Farmers Market Coalition Comes to Charlottesville

Jen O'Brien

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit incorporated in Iowa in 2006, now has presence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This summer, Executive Director Stacy Miller relocated to the city, and brought the organization with her. FMC is committed to strengthening farmers markets across the country for the mutual benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, and…

6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements webinar

Liz Comiskey October 17, 2011

On October 10th, FMC and Michigan Farmers Market Association held the ‘6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements’ webinar.  The webinar explained the background of 6050W, the implication of 6050W on farmers markets, and best practices for scrip recordkeeping.  Most, but not all, markets are exempt, and the webinar explains why and how a…

2010 Fiscal Year Report is Published

Liz Comiskey September 27, 2011

FMC has released their 2010 Fiscal Year Report.  Take a look here.     

FMC to Host Member Meeting via Webinar, September 28th

Stacy September 21, 2011

On September 28th, the Farmers Market Coalition will be holding it’s annual on-line member meeting, where it will announce results from the 2011 Board elections, and host special guest presentations on the Farm Bill horizon as well as highlights from the Discover You Can Program. To register, participants must be Farmers Market Coalition members. Click…