Maryland Contacts

Maryland Farmers Market Association
741 Generals Highway, Suite 103
Millersville, MD 21108
Phone: 410-929-1645

Contact: Heather Hulsey, Market Programs Director

Contact: Juliet Glass, External Relations Director


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: Food Supplement Program/Independence Card

Current contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (Conduent)

Amy Crone
Executive Director
Maryland Farmers Market Association
(410) 841-5776


Maryland Ag Department


WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Weida Stoecker, Coordinator

Phone: (410) 841-5776



Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

Weida Stoecker, Coordinator

Phone: (410) 841-5776



Maryland News/Case Studies

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

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Summit Debrief

Darlene Wolnik November 1, 2019

The 2nd annual National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit took place October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. FMC hosted pre-Summit activities, including a state & network leader meeting, an emerging issues panel, and discussion groups on markets training and technical assistance needs.  For the second year, Farmers Market Coalition gave its all for the Summit, including bringing the entire FMC… Read More

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Please share: Online consumer survey (MD, NY, VT)

Darlene Wolnik June 1, 2018

The Farmers Market Federation of NY, partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, NOFA VT, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) in Massachusetts, the Maryland Farmers Market Association and University of Maryland Extension, has been awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number… Read More

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More

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Maryland includes Farms and Families Act in 2019 Budget

Liz Comiskey March 30, 2018

While Gov. Hogan did not include the Farms and Families Program in his 2019 budget, the Maryland General Assembly included $200,000 for the program in the final budget that passed earlier this week! We are now one step closer to having Maryland fund a proven program that matches purchases made by low-income Marylanders using federal nutrition assistance like… Read More

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(MD) is missing an opportunity by not funding Farms, Families Program

Liz Comiskey February 19, 2018

Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder’s commentary regarding the Maryland Farms and Families Program raises some interesting points along with some sharp criticism for the program [“Guest Commentary: Supporting Maryland’s Farmers and Families,” Feb. 12, 2018]. Since he explicitly named our organization in his commentary, I’d like to take this opportunity to address his column… Read More

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Maryland Farmers Market Conference March 6th, 2018

Liz Comiskey February 19, 2018

Registration is open for the Maryland Farmers Market Conference scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conference sessions will include marketing tips for farmers markets, updates on current regulations guiding the 2018 season and food… Read More

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MD Secretary of Ag response to Farm and Families Act

Liz Comiskey February 12, 2018

Recently, there has been some unfortunate misinformation spread about the Maryland Farms and Families Act that has sought to call into question the Hogan administration’s commitment to Maryland’s farming community. As secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and a lifelong farmer, I can affirm that our administration is 100 percent committed to this vital… Read More

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Maryland easements lighten the load for farmers

Liz Comiskey February 6, 2018

“Small farmers are having a tough time. … When you get those easements, it makes the load a little lighter,” Leon Price said. Rural Legacy easements essentially buy developers’ rights from the property owner, so the land can never be developed. Read More

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Liz Comiskey January 26, 2018

Have you been farming for more than 3 Years? Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? Do you have an established farming operation but need to improve your management and profitability in a specific management area? A new training program, “Wheels Up”, offered in partnership… Read More

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Maryland Farms and Families Act Provides Matching Funds at Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey November 3, 2017

“Maryland has the opportunity to move forward on a win-win program that directly invests in farmers throughout the state and helps low-income families purchase local and farm-fresh food. But we need Gov. Larry Hogan’s support to ensure the program receives funding. The Maryland Farms and Families Act (SB 278, HB 586) passed unanimously through the… Read More

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January 11-13, 2018: Future Harvest CASA Conference & Beginning Farmer Summit

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2017

College Park Marriott University Park Blvd East Hyattsville, MD Read More

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Delmarva farmer scholarship applications due Dec. 4

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2017

“Small Delmarva farmers interested in learning about sustainable practices and focused on growing for the local market may apply now for the 2018 Historic Lewes Farmers Market scholarship program. Completed applications are due by Monday, Dec. 4. Several $500 scholarships will be awarded to small Delmarva farmers to attend sustainable farming conferences including these conferences… Read More

FRESHFARM: more than markets.

Allie Vrtachnik October 16, 2017

FRESHFARM is still a fresh face after 20 years establishing DC, Maryland, and Virginia area farmers markets. Originally launched in 1996 as an American Farmland Trust public education program, Ann Harvey Yonkers and FMC’s Bernie Prince started FRESHFARM’s first market in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood in ‘97, and FRESHFARM became its own independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit… Read More

Crossroads Farmers Market: A Decade of Innovating Healthy Diets and Food Entrepreneurs

Allie Vrtachnik May 15, 2017

By Gus Schumacher | Founding Board Member of Wholesome Wave, former Commissioner of Food and Agriculture in Massachusetts, and former USDA Undersecretary of Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services | In 2005, John Hyde and his wife Louise Swartzwalder saw the sales of their baked goods at Maryland’s popular Takoma Park Farmers Market continue to… Read More

Counting Visitors at Markets               

Darlene Wolnik March 20, 2017

-Note: this article is also listed in the FMC Resource Library under surveys/evaluation and can be downloaded there.  By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | Farmers markets across the U.S. use many different methods of counting their visitors. Some of these methods are best used for planning programmatic activities at different points of the… Read More

Something for Everyone: Mini-Documentary Captures the Heart of Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger December 8, 2016

  On Wednesday mornings, a quiet street in Takoma Park, MD comes alive. It’s here in a neighborhood where fresh, nutritious food was once hard to come by, that Crossroads Farmers Market thrives. Serving a predominantly immigrant shopper base, Crossroads draws families from throughout the community seeking traditional foods grown by local farmers, many of… Read More

Rosa helps customers at her tent at Crossroads Farmers Market

When Tragedy Struck a Maryland Community, a Local Farmer was There to Help

Honesta Romberger November 30, 2016

Rosa helps customers at her stand at Crossroads Farmers Market When Rosa Linares immigrated to the United States from El Salvador, she never imagined her dream and life-long love of farming could continue. She believed the days of tending crops in the warm sun and cool soil were long behind her. Until she met Michelle.… Read More

Meet Crossroads Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger June 8, 2016

photo credit: Crossroads Farmers Market “The market is beautiful and I like it, that’s why I’m here.” Hong J., Crossroads Farmers Market shopper. There’s no doubt that the shady street and colorful sights of Crossroads Farmers Market make for a great place to spend a warm summer day. But for local immigrants in Takoma Park, Maryland –… Read More

A Seat at the Table: Film Screening presented by Crossroads Community Food Network

Honesta Romberger March 16, 2016

  The room is abuzz with lively chatter as guests mingle in a brightly-lit community center in Takoma Park, Maryland. The weather is unseasonably warm for March, and nibbling on the fresh salsa, tamales and taquitos catered by Crossroads Farmers Market’s very own vendor (and film subject) Nancia Sical both go far to stir excitement… Read More

Farmers Market Metric Program Update from FMC Researcher, Darlene Wolnik

Honesta Romberger September 10, 2015

Indicators for Impact: Farmers Markets as Leaders in Collaborative Food System Data Collection and Analysis Update: Market Observations 2014-2015, By Darlene Wolnik FMC Senior Researcher, September 2015 Indicators for Impact: Farmers Markets as Leaders in Collaborative Food System Data Collection and Analysis is a project in which the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with the Farmers Market… Read More

Farmers Market Hero: Rosa Linares

Honesta Romberger August 4, 2015

“Farming is a part of who I am. It’s something I must do to be happy.” On a two-acre suburban plot only miles from downtown Washington D.C., Rosa Linares rises early before the sun to harvest her crops by headlamp. Every Wednesday during the growing season, Rosa takes the freshly reaped produce, herbs and greens… Read More

FMC Welcomes New Board Members!

Liz Comiskey June 11, 2015

The Farmers Market Coalition members recently elected four new board members, and also re-elected Monika Roth to the Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors. Christie Balch Executive Director, Crossroads Community Food Network Takoma Park, MD Number of Years in the Farmers Market Field: 8 Christie Balch is the Executive Director of the Crossroads Community Food… Read More

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Spring market season is ripe for data collection at AFRI pilot markets

Liz Comiskey May 15, 2015

While farmers market shopping activity across the United States heats up, nine markets in three regions will also be springing into action with their data collection season for the AFRI-funded Indicators for Impacts project, a three-year data collection research pilot led by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dr. Alfonso Morales and Farmers Market Coalition. Last fall each… Read More