Pennsylvania Contacts

PA Farm Markets
PA State Association

Brian F. Moyer
Program Assistant
Penn State Extension
bfm3@psu.edu
610-391-9840

Heather Manzo
Extension Educator, Ag Entrepreneurship & Community Economic Development
Penn State Extension
hem12@psu.edu
412-482-3458

 


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program name/EBT Card Name: SNAP/ACCESS Card
Current contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (Conduent)

For more information, contact:
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
(717) 787-3617

For technical assistance and capacity support, contact:
Cheryl Burns
Capital RC&D
cburns@capitalrcd.org
(717) 241-4361


Pennsylvania Ag Department

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture 


FMNP & SFMNP

WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs

Sandy Hopple, Assistant Director

Phone: (717) 772-2693

FAX: (717) 787-2387

Email: shopple@pa.gov

Pennsylvania 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



2019 National Poster Contest Winners

Maya Clark July 9, 2019

The Farmers Market Coalition and Farm Aid are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 National Farmers Market Poster Contest. Since 2014, Farmers Market Coalition has hosted the National Farmers Market Poster Contest to showcase the creative ways that farmers markets around the country are advertising in their communities. Both FMC and contest sponsor… Read More



Pittsburgh Releases Farmers Market Study with FMC Recommendations

Honesta Romberger March 14, 2019

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org   Over the past year and half, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) has been working with the City of Pittsburgh to analyze the more than two-dozen markets that serve residents in the summer months. FMC staff reviewed published reports on the regional food system, conducted interviews with direct marketing producers,… Read More



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Package of bills co-sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank aims to help farmers markets

Liz Comiskey March 8, 2019

Democratic leaders have three ideas to increase sales of local farm produce. WRITTEN BY READING EAGLE HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democrats are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers markets. The prime sponsors of the package are state Sen.… Read More



FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh… Read More



Spotlight on the Swarthmore Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik November 8, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Swarthmore 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… Read More



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Strategies for Success at Rural Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2018

Are you a grower selling at rural farmers markets? Curious to learn about resources and tools available to help you grow your market presence? Join Penn State Extension and The Food Trust for a free workshop about rural farmers markets. This workshop will cover pricing strategies and resources for farmers, techniques for how to best connect with your customers, and an… Read More



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Farmers say nonprofit that had stand at Reading Terminal owes them thousands

Liz Comiskey October 19, 2018

Fair Food began as a nonprofit aimed at connecting local farmers to chefs and grocers who could buy their products. It grew to include a farmstand that sold meat, produce and dairy in Reading Terminal Market for 15 years. Now, six months after that stand closed for good, some farmers say Fair Food owes them thousands… 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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Here’s what to know about getting a farmers market voucher

Liz Comiskey May 21, 2018

Centre County, PA- With the arrival of spring, after a long winter, comes the annual distribution of the farmers market vouchers. Distribution will be held at the Office of Aging on June 1. The Centre County Office of Aging has a limited supply; this is a first-come, first-serve program. Eligibility guidelines are by both age… Read More



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Philadelphia Urban Farmers Market Workshop Series

Liz Comiskey April 6, 2018

Starting a Community Market, Tuesday, April 10th, 6-8 pm @ PHS 5th Floor Cafe (100 N. 20th St) Register Here Accepting Nutrition Benefits at Market, Tuesday, April 17th, 6-8pm @ Penn State Center Phila. (675 Sansom St) Register Here Building the Success of Your Market, Tuesday, April 24th, 5:30-7:30pm @ UTC’s Neighborhood Foods Farm (608… Read More



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PA has the second highest organic food sales of any state, according to gov. issued report

Liz Comiskey March 29, 2018

Pennsylvania has the second-highest sales of organic products, only surpassed by California, according to a report published last year by the United States Department of Agriculture. The report goes on to show that, statewide consumption of organic foods in Pennsylvania has increased by about ten times over the past decade, and has doubled from 2015 to 2016… Read More



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Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania Thanks Rep. Costello for Bill to Support Young Farmers

Liz Comiskey March 29, 2018

  The Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania recently thanked Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) for legislation he helped introduce to support young farmers. The Young and Beginning Farmers Act would help farmers who are just starting out with access to land and grants, as well as help with local food systems. http://mychesco.com/a/communities/young-farmers-coalition-of-southeastern-pennsylvania-thanks-rep-costello-for-bill-to-support-young-farmers/ Read More



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Pa. Positions Itself as a Favorable Destination for Alcohol Manufacturers

Liz Comiskey March 16, 2018

Limited distilleries, as well as limited wineries and breweries, are further allowed to obtain an annual farmer’s market permit which allows them the ability to participate in an unlimited number of farmer’s markets throughout the year to offer samples of their products and sales to-go. https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2018/03/15/pa-positions-itself-as-a-favorable-destination-for-alcohol-manufacturers/?slreturn=20180216140328 Read More



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In rural Pennsylvania, poverty creates barriers to healthy food access and federal assistance

Liz Comiskey March 16, 2018

Others in the community rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, often called food stamps. According to the U.S. Census, nearly 16,000 Fayette County families are eligible for SNAP. A number of people at the food pantry said they rely heavily on sales and coupons to stretch their dollars. That includes Robert Vansickle, 66, who… Read More



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PA Professor Does Fieldwork at the Beijing Farmers’ Market

Liz Comiskey February 20, 2018

They connected me to the Beijing Farmers Market and one of its organizers and passionate advocates: Chang Tianle. The market includes a large assortment of organic farmers and like-minded folks selling all kinds of produce; meat, eggs, and cheese; snacks; juices; and even apparel and bags dyed with organic dyes. Although it’s only three years… Read More



Welcome, New FMC Board Members!

Honesta Romberger February 19, 2018

FMC is pleased to welcome seven new additions to the Board of Directors. This year, the election resulted in a tie for the sixth spot, and since FMC’s bylaws permit adding seven members, the Board decided to include both candidates. Our new Directors are: Adrienne Akers, Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market, IN (photo 1) Corey Chatman, Experimental… Read More



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PA Market Manager Workshops 2018

Liz Comiskey February 16, 2018

Join us for this day-long event to meet and hear from fellow market managers and educators to gain skills to enhance and improve your farmers market! Registration: https://extension.psu.edu/farmers-market-managers-conference March 9 – Chester County Economic Development Center, Exton March 16 – Spring Mills April 6 – at Slippery Rock Read More



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Bellevue Moms Launched A Weekly Farmers Market That’s More Than Just A Place To Buy Produce

Liz Comiskey January 26, 2018

3 minute interview Venczel, a stay-at-home mom, said she and two friends — Erika McAfee and Kim Reed — decided to harness that energy last spring. During an April brainstorming session of a Bellevue parents’ group, one idea stood out: a farmer’s market. The three friends decided to go for it. It would be a… Read More



February 7-10, 2018, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2017

The Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s featured event, held annually in February. We seek to gather a diverse audience from the sustainable food system including farmers, educators, processors, advocates, and eaters – please join us! Each year we feature: Over 100 speakers representing the best from the sustainable agriculture field and our membership.… Read More



Pittsburgh, Here We Come!

Honesta Romberger September 21, 2017

Last week, FMC began work with the City of Pittsburgh to complete a comprehensive analysis of the city’s market system. The goal of the study is to better understand the role of markets throughout the city and develop a plan for growth that improves equitable access to fresh, affordable food, while supporting the region’s producers.… Read More



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FMC’s Newest Board Members

Liz Comiskey January 31, 2017

Brian Coppom Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers Markets Boulder, CO Number of years in the farmers market field: 3 My wife, three children and I are residents of Longmont, Colorado- a small and formerly-ag community outside of Boulder. My work history is primarily made up of working in small or entrepreneurial organizations in various roles.… Read More



Resources for Building Partnerships Between Farmers Markets and Faith-Based Organizations

Liz Comiskey January 5, 2017

Faith-based organizations (such as churches, mosques and synagogues) frequently play important roles in supporting the health and well-being of their congregations and neighborhoods. These organizations are often overlooked when they could provide vital support or partnerships to farmers or farmers markets. This past summer, FMC, The Food Trust, and Partners for Sacred Places hosted a webinar discussing why and how… Read More



Faith in Food: Partnering with Congregations to Sustain and Strengthen Communities through Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger August 26, 2016

Over the past year, The Food Trust and Partners for Sacred Places have worked to strengthen connections between farmers markets and the faith communities that exist around them. This webinar will discuss why and how these partnerships are beneficial, best practices around collaboration, challenges and successes, as well as identifying first steps that farmers market… 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



Meet Dillsburg Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger May 23, 2016

This week, Guest Instagram takes us to the Dillsburg Farmers Market, from the rolling, rural hills of south-central Pennsylvania! While only in its 7th season, this small market is already a big part of the local area. From interactive children’s programs to partnerships with local businesses, events, festivals, and organizations, Dillsburg FM shines the light on… Read More



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Meet Monroe Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger December 2, 2015

  Baby, it’s cold outside! And for the next two weeks, Monroe Farmers Market will do its part to warm FMC’s Instagram feed with cozy photos of their indoor market from the breathtaking Pocono Mountains in Stroudsburg, PA. Monroe FM’s resident Instagrammer and market volunteer, Cathryn Hahn, took a minute to illuminate the ways her… 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



8 Ways to LEARN from each other, MAKE Markets Awesome, and SHARE the Results

Liz Comiskey September 3, 2015

  This summer, 30 FMC members were selected to run special food preservation events at their markets. The program, entitled Discover Market Fresh: Learn, Make, Share℠, is sponsored by Jarden Consumer Solutions, makers of the FoodSaver vacuum sealer. Each market was provided with the same vacuum sealing tools and promotional materials, and yet every program… Read More



New Report Outlines How Farmers Markets Can Help Non-Profit Hospitals Promote Community Wellness

Honesta Romberger June 18, 2015

The Food Trust, a Philadelphia based non-profit committed to food access and nutrition education, recently released a report outlining how non-profits and hospitals can work together to promote health and wellness in their local communities. As part of the Affordable Care Act, non-profit hospitals are now required to provide benefits to the communities in their… Read More



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FMC Poster Contest Winners!

Jen O'Brien August 3, 2014

Happy National Farmers Market Week! To kick-off the celebration, FMC is excited to announce the winners of the first-ever FMC Poster Contest. Over the past month we’ve received more than 160 farmers market posters from across the country, each highlighting the unique flavors, farms and events of their regions. Market posters are not only promoting a… Read More



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FMC Members Weigh in on How to Interpret and Communicate “Local Food”

Liz Comiskey July 3, 2014

by Stacy Miller, FMC Program Advisor In March, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announced a pilot partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and the Food Routes Network to Explore Definitions of “Local Food.” The project is currently in a three-pronged research phase, including a literature review, survey, and producer-only farmers market policy scan.… Read More



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The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market – a GMO-FREE Market

Liz Comiskey March 5, 2014

by Sam Cantrell, FMC Member, Farmer, and founder of The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market Our farmers market was started in 2004 as a program of Maysie’s Farm Conservation Center, a small non profit educational organization committed to “working toward a local, sustainable food system”. After four years in the town center of a “new… Read More



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The Real Deal: FMC Partners on Pilot Project to Explore Definitions of “Local”

Liz Comiskey March 5, 2014

by Stacy Miller, FMC Project Director These days, local food is no longer small potatoes.  A recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association identifies ‘Locally sourced meats and seafood’ and ‘Locally grown produce’ as the top two food trends, respectively, for restaurants in 2014. More and more grocery retailers proudly adhere “local” stickers to… Read More



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Tech Corner: New App for Farmers Offers Incentives to Customers

Liz Comiskey March 5, 2014

It is Saturday morning, and Nathan Holmes is driving to the Pittsburgh Public Market when his phone lights up with a text message asking him what he is going to have to sell at market that day. Nathan manages Clarion River Organics, a cooperative consisting of 10 Amish growers in Clarion County, Pennsylvania about 75… Read More



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FMC Partners with PASA to host ‘Making Markets Thrive’ Webinar Series

Stacy January 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Farmers Market Coalition are partnering this winter to host, “Making Markets Thrive: Research, Branding, and Retailer Strategies to Broaden the Base of Supporters,” a series of three webinars designed to provide farmers market managers, vendors, and volunteers with information and guidance to understanding the characteristics of their… Read More



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FMC Partners with PASA to host ‘Making Markets Thrive’ Webinar Series

Stacy January 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Farmers Market Coalition are partnering this winter to host, “Making Markets Thrive: Research, Branding, and Retailer Strategies to Broaden the Base of Supporters,” a series of three webinars designed to provide farmers market managers, vendors, and volunteers with information and guidance to understanding the characteristics of their… Read More



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Farmers Market Hero: Sweetwater Bakery

Jen O'Brien December 12, 2013

Beyond the farmers market tent, small businesses are making big impacts. Sweetwater Baking Company, located in the heart of Camphill Village in Kimberton, PA, is no exception.  Natalie and Saul Schwartz moved their business from Virginia to the Camphill Village, where it now serves as a keystone in the agriculture-based intentional community for adults with disabilities. Sweetwater Baking Co.… Read More