Massachusetts Contacts

Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets
240 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: 781-893-8222
Fax: 781-893-8777
E-mail: staff@massfarmersmarkets.org
Web site: www.massfarmersmarkets.org

 

Contact:

Jeff Cole, Executive Director

Email: Jeff@massfarmersmarkets.org


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: SNAP/Bay State Access Card

SNAP Contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (Conduent)

To become a SNAP or Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) retailer, call the HIP Retailers call-line at (888) 987-4487. (Please note, HIP is not signing up new farmers at this time)

 


Massachusetts Ag Department

Massachusetts Department of Agriculture 


FMNP & SFMNP

WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

Mr. David Webber, Coordinator

Public Phone: 617-626-1700 (MDAR)

Email: david.webber@state.ma.us

or

Ms. Rebecca Davidson, Coordinator

Rebecca.Davidson@state.ma.us

 

Massachusetts 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



FMC on the Road: California, Oregon, Alaska, and Massachusetts

Stephanie Fenty March 28, 2019

February and March were busy for FMC staff, who have been traveling to conferences from coast to coast meeting with farmers market leaders, hearing the issues facing the local food sector, as well as learning about potential solutions. We’ve also been presenting the lessons we’ve gained working with markets, offering the tools, methods, and technical… 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



Commonwealth Kitchen Offers Value-Added Program for Farmers

Honesta Romberger March 12, 2018

CommonWealth Kitchen is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen our regional food economy. Learn more here: https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CWK-Farmer-Value-Added-One-Pager.pdf   Read More



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MA Healthy Food Incentives Program So Popular that It’s Running Out of Money

Jen O'Brien March 9, 2018

AMHERST, MASS. — A state program that increases access to fresh, local produce for households receiving nutritional assistance is at risk of ending, according to Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton. Sen. James Eldridge asked Beaton about talk of the end of Healthy Initiatives Program (HIP) due to rapidly spent funds at… Read More



Roslindale Farmers Market: Keeping the Farm Fresh Food Coming

Allie Vrtachnik February 2, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Roslindale Farmers Market! We are taking over FMC’s Instagram for the duration of two weeks to share with you a look into our market. Our market is loved by our community – and for good reason! As a new “visitor” at our market, there are a few things you ought… Read More



Massachusetts Campaigns for HIP Funds in the State’s 2019 Budget

Jen O'Brien January 18, 2018

Markets and Farmers across the state of Massachusetts are urging the House Committee on Ways and Means to include $6.2 million in its fiscal year 2019 budget for the Healthy Incentives Program. The program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP dollars spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and community supported agriculture programs… Read More



Farmers Market SNAP Incentive Program Exceeds $1.2 Million in Massachusetts

Honesta Romberger October 10, 2017

By Gus Schumacher, Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave and Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Food and Agriculture Note: A week before his passing, Gus Schumacher penned this article, describing the runaway success of a program that was near and dear to his heart—the Healthy Incentive Program in his home state of Massachusetts. Never one to do things… Read More



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Jen O'Brien July 11, 2017

New Options & Streamlined Application for the SNAP EBT Equipment Program The Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, funded by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and administered by the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), has provided equipment necessary to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) to more than 1,300 farmers markets and direct marketing… Read More



Sustainable CAPE Addresses Food Insecurity With Farmers Markets

Allie Vrtachnik April 17, 2017

By Allie Vrtachnik | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org photo credit: Sustainable CAPE Sustainable CAPE Farmers’ Market Coalition is making Massachussetts’ local foods a feasible option by assisting farmers markets with the implementation or continuation of nutrition incentive programs. The coalition was created to address the area’s local food access deficit. According to County Health Rankings, Cape Cod’s Barnstable… Read More



FLAVORx Improves Health Perspective in Cape Cod

Allie Vrtachnik February 15, 2017

By Allie Vrtachnik, FMC Communications Staff | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org Emerald Physician Services, in partnership with Sustainable CAPE, Orleans Farmers Market, and Cape Cod Healthcare aimed to do more than improve the health and well being of its 18 FLAVORx program participants. FLAVORx, an acronym for Farmers & Local Health Alliance for Vegetables & Fruit Prescription, was a… Read More



FMC’s 2016 Farmers Market Poster Contest Winners!

Honesta Romberger August 8, 2016

It’s that time of year we’ve all been waiting for – National Farmers Market Week! To kick off celebrations here at FMC, we’re excited to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual Farmers Market Poster Contest. Entrants were challenged to submit farmers market posters that depicted a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging and regional… Read More



Meet FMC’s Guest Instagrammer: Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger October 19, 2015

  Greetings from beautiful Pittsfield, Massachusetts! This week and next, Downtown Pittsfield Farmer Market hijacks FMC’s Instagram account, taking you on a tour of their operations, right in the middle of New England’s bountiful fall harvest season! As leaves began their colorful pilgrimage from treetop to ground, DT Pittsfield FM Market Manager, Jessica Conzo filled us… Read More



**Updated** Congratulations to FMC Member FMPP and FMSSG Awardees!

Liz Comiskey October 9, 2015

The awardees of the 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the first ever Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants (FMSSG) were announced last week! Check out all of the FMC members that were awarded below. Many FMC members will also benefit from grant projects within their community networks; you… Read More



Farmers Markets: Health, Access and Community

FMC June 30, 2015

Originally published June 25, 2015 in Agri-Pulse. Back in the 1980s when I sold produce from my brother’s family farm at farmers markets in Boston, there were maybe 15 farmers markets in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Today, there are nearly 300 summer and winter farmers markets.Since then, farmers markets have exploded nation-wide, driven in part… Read More