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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,…

The Cultural Significance of Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

An Essay by Raymond Saul, Friend of FMC The re-establishment of farmers markets in the United States gives me hope. It is an American success story of renewal. In recent decades, farmers markets have again assumed their historic role as important social and economic institutions in many of our communities.[i]  For many of us, farmers…

Discover You Can Takes off this Summer

Liz Comiskey

by Elizabeth Comiskey This spring, the Farmers Market Coalition teamed up with Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, in Discover You Can, a summer canning education program.  Fifty selected farmers markets received stipends, canning supplies, and distribution materials in May.  Now these 50 markets are in the middle of implementing programs…

Do Farmers Markets Matter to Your Senator?

Stacy June 28, 2011

Tell them your community depends on the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and that the WIC Fruit & Vegetable Voucher, which farmers are only authorized to redeem in fewer than 10 states, is no substitution. Ask them to stand with us, the nation’s more than 6,100 farmers markets, to restore full funding for WIC FMNP. If you want to tell them how many farmers and markets in your state depend on WIC FMNP, click here to find your state’s stats.

Farmers Market SNAP Sales Soar in 2010

Stacy April 19, 2011

By Drew Love, FMC Research & Education Intern Over the past five years, the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increased 263%. That is only one of many promising figures to emerge from a forthcoming USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) report on SNAP redemption rates…