Michigan Contacts

Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA)
Amanda Shreve, Interim Director
Phone: (517) 432-3381
E-mail: amanda@mifma.org



To add resources or news to this page, please contact:

Marian Weaver


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: Bridge Card

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

Michigan Ag Department

Michigan Department of Agriculture 


WIC Farmer Market Nutrition Program

Brittany LaRue, FMNP Coordinator

Toll Free: 1-800-942-1636



Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Ed Berke, Director

FAX: (517) 373-4092

Email: berkee@michigan.gov



Sherri King, SFMNP Contact

FAX: (517) 373-4092

Email: Kings1@michigan.gov


Michigan 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

Growing Your Grassroots

Stephanie Fenty May 28, 2020

The data that FMC has collected over the past decade and a half indicate what many suspect: farmers markets are important staples in our communities. Not only a place to buy fresh local produce, farmers markets serve as a place to connect with others and be reminded of the integral role food plays in our… 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

St. Louis, Michigan to Proclaim National Farmers Market Week

Allie Vrtachnik July 13, 2018

by Allie Vrtachnik, FMC Program Associate | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org Michigan’s St. Louis Farmers Market is getting the ball rolling for National Farmers Market Week (August 5-11) by securing a city-recognized proclamation! This will be the first time National Farmers Market Week is proclaimed in the city of St. Louis. As an FMC member, Market Manager Linda… 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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Free point of sale devices for accepting SNAP benefit payments delayed

Marian Weaver March 30, 2018

At the March 6 and 7, 2018 Michigan Farmers Market Association Conference, Amanda Shreve the newly appointed Executive Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association gave a presentation on the status of funding for free, wireless point of sale devices for farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (a.k.a. Bridge Cards) as a form… Read More

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Safe Use of Animal-Based Soil Amendments: FSMA Requirements and Best Practices

Marian Weaver March 16, 2018

With new federal requirements for biological soil amendments of animal origin under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), MSU Extension and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are offering workshops on the safe use of animal-based soil amendments around the state. Check out the link to register:https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=D7209D84B7F262E0 Read More

MIFMA Food Access Webinar Series

Honesta Romberger March 2, 2018

2018 Food Access Webinar Series Each year, the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) hosts a series of webinars focused on increasing food access at Michigan farmers markets. Farmers markets can accept food assistance benefits to create a win-win-win opportunity for their market, their vendors, and the health of their community. Accepting food assistance benefits can… Read More

MIFMA’s Market Management Mentorship Program

Marian Weaver February 16, 2018

Are you a market manager that has experience accepting SNAP? Are you passionate about food access and supporting fellow managers? Apply to become a mentor in the 2018 Market Manager Mentorship Program today! Certified participating mentors can earn up to 8 professional development hours toward re-certification. Learn more & apply: http://mifma.org/mentorship/   Read More

MIFMA Offers a Market Management Webinar Series

Marian Weaver January 18, 2018

Not able to participate in the full Market Manager Certificate Program, but still want to learn more about market management? You can register for individual webinars! This series of educational webinars for farmers market managers includes seven topics essential to market management. The first webinar, Avoiding Market Downfalls & Planning for Success, will be held… Read More

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Deadline Extended – MIFMA 2018 Market Manager Certificate Program

Marian Weaver January 11, 2018

The registration deadline for the 2018 Market Manager Certificate Program has been extended! Extended registration will close Sunday, January 14, 2018. Don’t wait, register today! www.mifma.org/mmcp/ #FarmersMarketsMI #MMCP2018   Read More

2018 Michigan Farmers Market Conference

Marian Weaver January 2, 2018

The Michigan Farmers Market Conference is scheduled for March 5-7, 2018! The conference theme is “Cultivating Community at the Farmers Market” – check out the 2018 conference schedule here. Register today! Read More

A heartfelt thank you from Executive Director Dru Montri, as she prepares to leave MIFMA for a new role

Marian Weaver December 11, 2017

For those who want the full story, please read on. For those who like to skim, please scroll to the bottom for the succinct version. Dear MIFMA members, partners, colleagues, friends and family, During this time of year, I always try to carve out some time and space for gratitude. It’s not always easy to… Read More

MIFMA Food Access Year-End Meetings

Marian Weaver October 30, 2017

Each year, the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) gathers with farmers market managers and partners who work to increase healthy food access through Michigan farmers markets. Join in these meetings to share the successes and challenges of these efforts and to learn what is on the horizon for food access initiatives at farmers markets in… Read More

Michigan Invests in Healthy Food Access Through Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa August 10, 2017

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and farmers markets across Michigan that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as the SNAP Bridge Card have big a reason to celebrate! When Governor Snyder signed the 2018 fiscal year budget on July 14, the State of Michigan pledged support to help sustain and grow… Read More

Kalamazoo Farmers Market: Serving Up Honest & Healthy Transparency

Allie Vrtachnik June 1, 2017

“The best way we’ve found to promote the markets is being able to tell a story around our vendors: how they are connected, where they started out, and why they sell at the market. We’re all about connecting customers to their food sources and creating honest learning relationships.” That’s Market Manager Gaby Gerken of the… Read More

Market Manager Certification Programs

Allie Vrtachnik January 11, 2017

Market manager certificate programs offer curriculum establishing best practices while also polishing leadership, outreach, and funding skills. Through these programs, market managers broaden their professional credentials and take steps to personally impact future market funding and support. Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA), currently has open registration for its 2017 Market Manager Certificate Program. The 35 hours… Read More

2016 FINI Grant Awardees Announced

Honesta Romberger June 10, 2016

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the awardees of $16.8 million in competitive grants to help SNAP (formally food stamps) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food… 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

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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FMC Supports the 2014 Farm Bill

Jen O'Brien January 29, 2014

Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) joins fellow local food advocates in reluctantly supporting this bipartisan Farm Bill. There are a number of aspects of the pending bill that hurt SNAP families and very unfortunately, remove the sound language in the core legislation on payment limits for large farmers. Despite these issues, the bill offers substantial support… Read More

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Farmers Market Hero: Heather Anne Leavitt

Jen O'Brien December 12, 2013

While connections are often drawn between food and art, Heather Anne Leavitt takes the connection a step farther. An avid farmers market shopper, Heather, owner of Sweet Heather Anne bakery, merges her passion for local food and her love of art in the Sweet Heather Anne kitchen every day, creating masterpiece cakes featuring locally sourced… Read More

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Temperatures and Markets are Up!

Liz Comiskey July 29, 2013

Hello FMC Supporters, Despite the extreme heat that affected most of the country this month, people have been flocking to their local markets this summer. FMC’s members and supporters have shared amazing photos of the gorgeous produce, delicious prepared foods and many smiling (if sweaty) faces at their markets. These photos and stories have served… Read More

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WIC FMNP: A Win-Win for Families and Farmers

Liz Comiskey July 28, 2013

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides low-income young and expecting mothers an incentive to access to fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables at farmers markets while reinvesting government dollars into local economies and providing crucial revenue to small farmers.  In 2012, the program cost-effectively provided fresh produce to more than… Read More

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Fundraising Success: Hemlock Farmers Market Raises a Barn

Liz Comiskey July 24, 2013

By Emily Finn, Research and Education Intern In many ways, the Hemlock Farmers Market (HFM) in Hemlock, Michigan looks much like many other farmers markets across the US – a vital part of a small community; designed to support area producers and to provide healthier options for its residents; changing and growing from year to… Read More

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2013 Discover You Can Participants Announced

Liz Comiskey April 26, 2013

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Discover You Can Learn Make Share℠ program. Thirty FMC member farmers market organizations have been selected by the Farmers Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, to take part in this summer’s canning education program. The selected 30 organizations… Read More

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More than 200 organizations participate in Farmers Market Promotion Program Grantee Survey

Liz Comiskey February 15, 2013

by Stacy Miller, Project Director Since the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) first issued grants under the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), 575 projects have been awarded in all fifty states, totaling $32,310,288 in funding.  In what ways has the program contributed to stronger, healthier, more innovative and inclusive food systems? As reported in the… Read More