North Carolina Contacts

Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) 

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: SNAP/EBT Card

Current Contractor: Fidelity Information Services (FIS)

Qualified North Carolina Farmers Markets can obtain free wireless equipment from FIS. The equipment is covered by the state, but all ongoing fees are the responsibility of the market.

David F. Steele
Business Officer, Program Compliance Section
919-527-6429 office
919-334-1018 fax

Connie W. Dixon
Social Services Program Coordinator
Division of Social Services, Economic Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Office:  (919) 527-6319
Fax:  (919) 334-1265

North Carolina Ag Department

North Carolina Department of Agriculture Farmers Markets 


Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

Mary Anne Burghardt,  WIC Director
Phone: (919) 707-5800
FAX: (919) 870-4898

Audrey Edmisten, MPH, RDN, LDN
Aging Program Specialist
NC Division of Aging and Adult Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Fax: 919-715-0868

North Carolina News/Case Studies

USDA Farmers Market, Local and Regional Food Systems Grants Announced

Hannah Fuller October 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that it has awarded $27 million in grant funding through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and $9.3 million in grant funding through the new Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. The grants fall under the Local Agricultural… Read More

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 Mini-Grants Support SNAP Programs Across the Country

Stephanie Fenty March 20, 2019

Last year, FMC awarded seven $500 SNAP Mini-Grants to farmers markets and farmers across the country who displayed a clear commitment to expanding SNAP programming, and connecting SNAP shoppers in their communities to healthy, affordable food. Here’s a first look at the great work resulting from the funding. Keya Wakpala Community Farmers’ Market Mission, SD… Read More

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Feb 1st-2nd, 2019: North Dakota Local Foods Conference

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

What: ND Local Foods Conference When: February 1st-2nd, 2019 Where: Baymont Inn & Suites Mandan Bismarck Area Hosted by ND Local Foods & the North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture Description: “The 2019 NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference will be a place for farmers and ranchers who direct market what they grow and raise to learn… 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

RAFI’s “Equity at the Table Speaker Series” Presents Christie Balch

Emma Hansen May 11, 2018

The Come to the Table program presents its Equity at the Table Speaker Series; addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, while educating the community about food security issues. Join us Monday evening, June the 11th for a discussion with Executive Director of the Crossroads Community Food Network, Christie Balch, to discuss how community partnerships can strengthen… Read More

Farming Success- Goal Setting for your Farm

Emma Hansen April 20, 2018

This interactive webinar will help you think through your goals for producing food on your farm and how your goals connect to the records you keep, what resources you use, and what programs you sign up for. With guided questions, we will walk through what you want, what you can count on, and that means… Read More

RAFI’s “Guide to SNAP/EBT for NC Farmers Markets: Steps, Best Practices, and Resources.“

Emma Hansen March 30, 2018

This guide is for North Carolina farmers market organizers, public health professionals, and food justice advocates who want to learn how farmers markets can accept SNAP/EBT benefits. The guide includes an overview of SNAP/EBT in North Carolina and how to implement a successful SNAP/EBT program at farmers markets. The guide also describes farmers market nutrition… Read More

RAFI Announces 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund Grant Recipients

Emma Hansen March 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant recipients! RAFI and Jeff Camden, Program Officer with the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, announced the 2018 ARF grant winners during an Award Ceremony and Orientation at the Dan Pollitt Center in Pittsboro, NC. Grants were awarded to assist entrepreneurial and innovative farmers and collaborative groups in developing… Read More

Holly Springs Farmers Market: Connecting Farmers to Consumers

Allie Vrtachnik January 24, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from Holly Springs Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds… Read More

Meet Woody Singletary of Woody’s Farm Fresh Eggs and Produce

Allie Vrtachnik July 26, 2017

Woody Singletary is a jack of all trades. For 28 years he was in the furniture business but has since been a green thumb, yard working, handyman, salt of the Earth kind of guy. In the early 2000s he made Greensboro, North Carolina his home and began establishing his lawn business in the area. Among… Read More

Davidson Farmers Market: Addressing Challenges from the Outside-In

Allie Vrtachnik March 24, 2017

Davidson Farmers Market in North Carolina is in good hands. Abby Wyatt, Davidson market manager, knows the community it serves but aims to address the market’s challenges so that it might establish a more diverse customer base. This is a constant challenge for any market, and Davidson is a market tackling its issues in strides, by… Read More

Durham Farmers’ Market – Hitting Home runs with the Community

Allie Vrtachnik December 20, 2016

The old Durham Bulls baseball stadium was the main location for Bull Durham, the 1988 romantic comedy sport film ranked one of the 25 Greatest Sports Movies of All-Time. The dust has not settled there, thanks to the Durham Farmers’ Market establishing itself on its ground in 1998 and adding to the community buzz. Having grown from its modest… Read More

Apex Farmers Market- Reaching for its Highest Point

Allie Vrtachnik October 10, 2016

Taking over our Instagram account for the next two weeks is the persevering Apex Farmers Market. Apex, North Carolina was named for being the highest point on the railway line that used to carry produce to the markets and warehouses of Durham. The Apex Farmers Market, nestled in the heart of the city’s downtown, has… Read More

#LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest Winners

Liz Comiskey September 20, 2016

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas This summer, market fans were challenged to get creative and show their market love by posting photos to Instagram incorporating our I ‘Heart’ Farmers Markets tattoos. The photos entered into our #LoveMyMarket Instagram Contest piece together a beautiful mosaic of… Read More

Meet Carrboro Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger March 7, 2016

  Take me out to the market! This week, we’re thrilled that Carrboro Farmers Market, our long-time member market and active partner, will be continuing our Guest Instagram series from North Carolina! Producers travel from within a 50 mile radius to set up shop on a former baseball field turned market place, boasting a roster of… Read More

Meet Foothills Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger November 16, 2015

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re grateful to Foothills Farmers Market – nestled snuggly in the knolls of Shelby, North Carolina – for graciously serving up our next helping of Instagram vittles! Market Manager, Angie Smith, gave us the scoop on how Foothills FM is a local cornucopia of health and prosperity. Farmers Market Coalition:… Read More

Little Shoppers are on a Mission at POP Club Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey October 30, 2015

This fall, FMC and Chipotle Mexican Grill sponsored Power of Produce (POP) Club programming at 30 farmers markets nationwide and the impact was far-reaching. In September, farmers saw increased sales, and markets reported not experiencing the usual drop in attendance when the kids returned to school. “The kids come running up to the market table… 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

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Farmers Market Metrics Prototype Released

Jen O'Brien July 8, 2014

As hundreds of markets open for the year and others begin their summer season, the Farmers Market Coalition held a kickoff of its own, unveiling the first round of prototype reports from the Farmers Market Metrics project. The Farmers Market Metrics project is a multifaceted measurement initiative conducted in partnership with advocacy groups, market organizations,… Read More

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Farmers Market at Camp Lejeune off to a Fast Start: Over 1,000 Marine Families attend Grand Opening

Liz Comiskey June 11, 2014

by Gus Schumacher, vice-president Wholesome Wave, FMC Board of Directors Just-picked fresh strawberries from North Carolina’s Putnam Farm and the Aman Family Farm quickly sold out at North Carolina’s newest farmers market at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Nearly 1,000 service members and their families stopped by after Commanding General BGen. Robert Castellvi cut the… 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