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National Farmers Market Coalition Awards Grants to Support SNAP at Farmers Markets
Farmers markets and farm stands impacted by Novo Dia Group shutdown can apply for funding by October 19

October 16, 2018 – The​ Farmers Market Coalition(FMC), a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, recently announced the first round of recipients of the SNAP Mini-Grant Program, a $500 grant program created to support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) at farmers markets by offsetting operating costs, including payment processing equipment, marketing materials, and staff time. While the first round of applications was by invitation-only, FMC is now opening up the SNAP Mini-Grant Program to applicants nationwide. The due date to apply is October 19, 2018.

The SNAP Mini-Grant Program was initially created to provide financial aid to farmers markets and farm stands impacted by the shutdown of Novo Dia Group (NDG), the country’s largest processor of SNAP at farmers markets. Earlier this summer, the company announced its plans to go out of business July 31st, effectively terminating service to nearly 2,000 markets nationwide. [Keep reading]


National Farmers Market Week Highlights Benefits to Farmers & Communities
Farmers Market Coalition offers free resources to markets, media, and local food advocates for planning and promoting events

July 2, 2018 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, announces the launch of its annual campaign to prepare farmers markets (and media) nationwide for the 19th annual National Farmers Market Week (NFMW). NFMW is a celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.  The event is held during the first full week of August (August 5-11, 2018) and is formally announced with a USDA proclamation a few weeks in advance.

Each year, farmers markets across the country mark NFMW with special events celebrating the benefits of farmers markets for farmers, consumers, and the community as a whole. In preparation, FMC’s campaign provides more than 8,600 farmers markets nationwide with tools, guides and materials they can use to promote events at their markets, and educate their communities during the weeklong celebration. [Keep reading]


First-of-its-Kind National Summit Convenes Farmers Market Operators and Farmers
with Researchers and Technical Assistance Providers
Registration is open for the National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit on September 15-18th, 2018, in Arlington, VA. Calls for Research and Outreach Poster proposals are due June 18th.

June 14, 2018 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is proud to partner with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Farm Credit, the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) and National Value Added Conference (NVAC)  to offer the 2018 Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit. The Summit is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for farmers market operators and direct marketing farmers from across the country to come together with researchers, extension specialists, entrepreneurs, service providers, farmers, mission-focused investors, business operators, community practitioners, students, consultants, and government employees from state and Federal agencies. [Keep reading]


Farmers Market Coalition Statement of Opposition to House 2018 Farm Bill

May 7, 2018 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, has joined more than 370 organizations in opposition of the House 2018 Farm Bill. [Keep reading]


Farmers Market Legal Toolkit Provides Free Resources to Build Strong, Accessible Markets for Communities

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT., Jan. 16, 2018––The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) today launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the United States. The toolkit, created with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is available at farmersmarketlegaltoolkit.org. [Keep reading]


New Partnership will Enable Farmers Markets to Streamline & Enhance Operations
The Farmers Market Coalition and Farmspread have teamed up to provide farmers markets with integrated management and data collection tools

December 18, 2017- The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit committed to strengthening farmers markets, has partnered with Farmspread, a farmers market vendor management website in an effort to provide farmers market managers, staff, and vendors the tools they need to operate a successful market. The two organizations have teamed up to offer FMC members a comprehensive membership package that includes a Farmspread account at a discounted rate. [Keep reading]


The 2017 Application Website for the SNAP EBT Equipment Program for Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farmers will Close on November 21st

November 15, 2017–Funding for free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) processing equipment for eligible farmers markets and farmers is available through the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in partnership with the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC). The Program has provided equipment necessary to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, to more than 1,600 farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers across the country. The 2017 application site will close on November 21, and USDA FNS anticipates reopening the program in 2018 at a date to be determined.  Interested farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers may apply online before the 2017 funding period closes on midnight on November 21, 2017. [Keep reading]


Local FARMS Act Puts Farmers Markets Front and Center
Farmers Market Coalition Praises Bipartisan Effort

October 13, 2017 – This month, a bipartisan coalition led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Sean Maloney (D-NY), introduced the Local Food and Regional Market Supply Act (the “Local FARMS Act”) to drive the 2018 Farm Bill’s promise to spur economic growth in rural communities while connecting all Americans to fresh, regionally-grown food. The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting farmers markets, joined National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), in praising the bipartisan coalition for prioritizing the development of new markets for farmers and expanded healthy food access for American families. [Keep reading]


USDA Awards $13.4 Million to Farmers Market Promotion Program Grantees
Funding supports projects promoting local food sales and consumption

October 3, 2017 – Last week, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awarded funds to the 2017 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grantees. The grants, totaling $13.4 million and funding 52 projects in 33 states, are intended to increase consumption of, and access to, locally produced agriculture products and develop new market opportunities for farms selling direct to the public through farmers markets and other similar outlets. [Keep reading]


Farmers Market Coalition Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 4, 2017 – This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 6-12, 2017, as the 18th annual National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, commended USDA’s continued support of the event, citing ongoing public awareness efforts in support of local farmers and farmers markets as vital to their success. [Keep Reading]


Farmers Market Coalition Helps Markets Prepare for National Farmers Market Week
Campaign offers free tools for planning and promoting events

July 11, 2017 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, announces the launch of its annual campaign to help farmers markets nationwide prepare for 18th annual National Farmers Market Week (NFMW, August 6-12), a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. The campaign provides more than 8,600 farmers markets across the country with promotional tools, guides and materials they can use to promote events happening at their markets during the weeklong celebration. [Keep Reading]


Farmers Market Coalition Offers Free EBT Equipment for Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing FarmersProgram works to increase food access for families and income for local farmers

June 19, 2017 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets, announces funding available for free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) processing equipment offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program.  The program, administered by FMC and funded by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has provided equipment necessary to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) to more than 1,000 farmers markets and direct marketing farmers across the country. [Keep Reading]


Farmers Market Coalition Reports Successes of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program  Program increases fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income families, boosts revenue for farmers

May 2, 2017 – The​ F​armers Market Coalition ​(FMC), a national nonprofit committed to strengthening farmers markets, has released a report highlighting successes demonstrated in year-one of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program. A federally funded grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FINI is designed to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income customers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). While FINI funding is available to multiple types of produce retailers, incentive programs tested have proven to be especially successful at America’s farmers markets. [Keep Reading]