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On the Brink of Change

Stacy January 19, 2009

Andrew Stout is the co-owner and operator of Full Circle Organic Farm in Carnation, WA. by Andrew Stout, FMC Board Member Change is in the air: A new President and administration charged with the impossible expectation to be everything for everybody; a new economy that may still not have shown its full depressive depths; a…

Consumers Continue to Invest in Farmers Markets, Local Food Despite Economy

Stacy January 18, 2009

by Wendy Wasserman The most recent data available from the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) reported more than 4,600 farmers markets in the U.S. in August, 2008. This represented a 6.8% growth in farmers markets over the previous two years alone. In December 2008, The American Journal of Agricultural Economics published a review of research on…

Microloan Fund Opportunity for New England Farmers

Stacy January 13, 2009

The Microloan Fund for New England Farmers will be accepting applications through February 7, 2009.  Loan applications for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, for terms up to 5 years, will be accepted. For this initial pilot round of loans, applications will be limited to farms located in Vermont or in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Hampshire,…

Terms of Use

Stacy December 12, 2008

1.Acceptance of Terms The services that the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) provides to User is subject to the following Terms of Use (“TOU”).  The FMC reserves the right to update the TOU at any time without notice to User. The most current version of the TOU can be reviewed by clicking on the “Terms of…

July Proclaimed Michigan’s “Farmers Market Month”

Stacy July 28, 2008

After walking through a sea of nearly 50 Michigan vendors at the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Select Michigan farmers market on the Capitol lawn Thursday, Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed July 2008 “Farmers Market Month” in Michigan. If every Michigan resident spent just $10 on local food weekly at farm stands or farmers markets like this…

July Proclaimed Michigan's “Farmers Market Month”

Stacy

After walking through a sea of nearly 50 Michigan vendors at the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Select Michigan farmers market on the Capitol lawn Thursday, Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed July 2008 “Farmers Market Month” in Michigan. If every Michigan resident spent just $10 on local food weekly at farm stands or farmers markets like this…

Preliminary Farmers Market Survey Results Offer New Insights

Stacy July 20, 2008

As many in the farmers market community are well aware, a dearth of comprehensive research on farmers markets at the national level is just one of many challenges to identifying and addressing common obstacles. The gap in knowledge, thankfully, is about to grow a little smaller, as the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be…

Reader Survey Reveals Operational Trends

Stacy

The magazine Farmers’ Markets Today recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and this spring e-mailed a survey to 1200 of its subscribers who manage or sell at farmers markets or who are involved with a market in some other role. Editors at the magazine have generously shared data from this effort with the Farmers Market Coalition,…

Summer is the Ideal Time to Sow FMPP Seeds

Stacy

Many readers are probably familiar with the Farmers Market Promotion Program, a competitive grant program administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to assist in establishing, expanding, and promoting farmers markets and to promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. In the past two years, limited funding for the program and a wealth of proposals has meant that…

Multiple Listings Can Maximize Market Reach

Stacy

Now is the time to make sure your farmers market is listed in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) national directory of farmers markets. Staff at AMS are currently updating the directory with the intention of announcing a new official number of farmers markets on or before Farmers Market Week. If you represent a farmers…