YOU made National Farmers Market Week a Success!

Allie Vrtachnik August 15, 2018

  Hi farmers market friends, This is Allie, FMC’s Program Associate and FMC National Farmers Market Week Coordinator. I’m pleased to share that the 19th annual NFMW was a huge success. Thank you for your hard work and participation! Markets across the country ran with FMC’s NFMW resources and materials, hosting events and garnering media attention for their…

National Farmers Market Week is a time for celebration – and an opportunity to support farmers

Honesta Romberger August 8, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org This week is National Farmers Market Week — seven days dedicated to celebrating all the amazing things about farmers markets. And that list is long. Whether it’s improving farmer prosperity, jump-starting economic activity, creating jobs, or improving health, farmers markets do it all. While it may seem…

USDA Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

Honesta Romberger August 6, 2018

It’s now officially National Farmers Market Week! The USDA released the proclamation today, signed by Secretary Sonny Perdue. We hope you all have a wonderful week celebrating farmers markets and the important role they play to support local food, farmers, and prosperity!

Novo Dia Shutdown Update: Company Will Operate Through February 2019

Honesta Romberger August 3, 2018

Early last month, Novo Dia Group (the country’s largest provider of SNAP at farmers markets) announced it’s plans to go out of business, effectively terminating service to their customers. Last week, the State of New York and the Farmers Market Federation of New York announced an agreement with Novo Dia Group that would enable the company to continue…

Gov. Ralph Northam kicks off NFMW with Onancock Farmers Market visit

Allie Vrtachnik July 31, 2018

According to a Delmarva’s online article, Gov. Ralph Northam visited his hometown of Onancock on Saturday to kick off Farmers Market Week in Virginia. “I am so pleased to see what is going on here in Onancock with the farmers market  —local vendors who grow their products and produce their products right here locally,” Northam said.…

Crookston Farmers Market kicks off PoP Club this summer

Allie Vrtachnik July 30, 2018

The Crookston Times, shares: “Youth up to age 18 can get free produce weekly The Power of Produce (PoP) Club kicks off at the Crookston Farmers Market this Thursday from 4-8 p.m. allowing kids ages 0-18 to get FREE fresh produce weekly. Kids can sign up the day of the event and they will receive…

Park Rapids Farmers Market introducing PoP program

Allie Vrtachnik

According to a Park Rapids Enterprise article: “The local farmers market is introducing a free, healthy incentive program for children called The Power of Produce (PoP) Club. Each week, kids ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. The Park Rapids PoP Club is funded through…

NY: GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PROTECT SNAP RECIPIENTS’ ACCESS TO FARMERS MARKETS

Darlene Wolnik July 27, 2018

Inaction by the Federal Government Would Have Left 2.8 Million New Yorkers Unable to Use SNAP Benefits to Purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at Farmers’ Markets New York State’s Agreement with Novo Dia Ensures SNAP Participants’ Use of EBT Benefits at New York Farmers’ Markets Solution Paves the Way for Farmers’ Markets in 49 States…

VFMA welcomes Kim Hutchinson as Executive Director

Allie Vrtachnik July 26, 2018

“The Board of Directors at Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA), has announced that Kim Hutchinson, a well-recognized and long-time philanthropic leader and community advocate, will serve as the Executive Director; ending a search that began earlier this year. Ms. Hutchinson has been a nonprofit executive, management consultant, public policy expert, federal contractor and community advocate…

Enter to win a free season to Farmspread!

Allie Vrtachnik July 24, 2018

To help celebrate National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), our partners at Farmspread are excited to giveaway one free activated season to a lucky farmers market. An activated season provides you access to the Farmspread’s comprehensive online platform for managing your market including: a fully configurable online vendor application auto invoicing to vendors for market fees a publicly searchable profile ability…