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SNAP Redemptions at Farmers Markets Exceed $11 Million in 2011

Liz Comiskey January 18, 2012

Between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011, more than $11,725,316 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at farmers markets, increasing more than $4 million in one year. As overall SNAP redemptions increased 11% between 2010 and 2011, from $64.7 billion to $71.8 billion, SNAP redemptions at farmers markets increased by 55%. Thus, growth in SNAP redemption in farmers markets cannot solely be accounted for by persistent unemployment, more widespread eligibility for the program, and increases in federal SNAP spending. Of the $64,704,407,189 in SNAP dollars redeemed in 2010, .014% was redeemed at farmers markets– a rate that increased to .016% in 2011. These numbers, though they represent a very small piece of the pie, do demonstrate growth.

The Future of the Farmers Market Promotion Program

Liz Comiskey January 17, 2012

In many communities, farmers markets sprout from grassroots community efforts as stakeholders come together with a vision of a community gathering place that simultaneously supports farming as a viable occupation, builds local economies, and increases availability of healthful, locally-produced foods. FMPP provides critical capacity-building resources for these efforts. In addition, it offers important support to farmers markets who need assistance to effectively implement, promote, and redeem federal nutrition benefits.

Congress Takes Leadership on Farmers Market SNAP Expansion

Liz Comiskey October 19, 2011

By Natalie Roper, FMC Research & Education Intern In the last several months, the Farmers Market Coalition has been among other organizations in working with leaders in both Senate and House Agriculture Committees to support the growth and expansion of farmers markets nationally.  After months of working with congressional staffers, some of these efforts are…

The World in a Strawberry: Lessons Learned from Food Safety Outbreak in Oregon

Liz Comiskey

On Sunday, August 7, the first day of National Farmers Market Week, Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association (OFMA) President Rebecca Landis received a flurry of emails and phone calls with dreadful news. Pathogenic E. coli had been found in strawberries for what is thought to be the first time. The source farm was found quickly. But…

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

Liz Comiskey October 18, 2011

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 markets take food safety and traceability to heart

Stacy August 17, 2011

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, says that a full 91% of their current member markets have formal written policies about what products can be sold and by whom. Farmers market managers throughout the country regularly share good risk management practices through the FMC listserv, and the organization incorporates training on food safety and market policies in its workshops, webinars, and on-line resources.

Farmers markets take food safety and traceability to heart

Stacy

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, says that a full 91% of their current member markets have formal written policies about what products can be sold and by whom. Farmers market managers throughout the country regularly share good risk management practices through the FMC listserv, and the organization incorporates training on food safety and market policies in its workshops, webinars, and on-line resources.

Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association responds to Oregon E. coli outbreak in strawberries

Liz Comiskey August 9, 2011

For Immediate Release (originally posted at oregonfarmersmarkets.org) Contact: Rebecca Landis President, OFMA landisr@peak.org 541-740-1542 August 8, 2011 Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association, the statewide organization representing most of the state’s more than 130 farmers’ markets, is assisting federal and state public health officials in preventing consumption of strawberries contaminated with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli…

Oregon Farmers' Markets Association responds to Oregon E. coli outbreak in strawberries

Liz Comiskey

For Immediate Release (originally posted at oregonfarmersmarkets.org) Contact: Rebecca Landis President, OFMA landisr@peak.org 541-740-1542 August 8, 2011 Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association, the statewide organization representing most of the state’s more than 130 farmers’ markets, is assisting federal and state public health officials in preventing consumption of strawberries contaminated with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli…

What’s Your Return on Investment?: A Letter from the Executive Director

Liz Comiskey July 13, 2011

by Stacy Miller, Executive Director This marks an important time of year for farmers markets, and not only because of the obvious reason that it’s smack dab in mid-season for many.  Fifty Discover You Can markets are getting innovative with canning education across the country, and in every market e-newsletter that comes across my desk,…