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Washington D.C. 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

Is your market ready for National Counting Week?

Darlene Wolnik July 3, 2019

Over the last decade, the Farmers Market Coalition has been building resources to help market operators and market partners trumpet the impacts made at the almost 9,000 locations across the U.S.  Using the annual CSA signup day as inspiration, FMC introduced the idea of National Counting Week (NCW) to its networks and markets to count… Read More

UPDATE: Small Wins in Senate for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger June 6, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org With the Senate Appropriations Committee’s recent approval of the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, the farmers market industry received a piece of good news. Key federal farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and both the WIC and… Read More

What does the House Farm Bill ‘No’ Vote Mean for Farmers Markets?

Honesta Romberger May 24, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted down a draft of the farm bill, with thirty House Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting ‘no’ on the bill. Thanks to YOU and our allies in food and farming who made their voices heard through visits, emails,… Read More

Farm Bill Update: Our Best Opportunity for Action

Honesta Romberger April 27, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, the House Agriculture Committee passed a version of the farm bill on a strict party line vote. The Committee entertained very few amendments, and as a result, the bill that now goes to the House floor is little changed from the original version introduced by… Read More

Farm Bill Update: the Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

Honesta Romberger April 16, 2018

Last Thursday, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, introduced draft farm bill legislation, which Democrats and anti-hunger groups were quick to deride. For farmers markets, the legislation in its current form would be something of a mixed bag. The best news in the bill for farmers markets comes from the Food Insecurity… Read More

Appropriations Bill Wins for Farmers Markets & Farm Bill Update

Honesta Romberger March 23, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Appropriations On Thursday, the House passed a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which now needs to pass the Senate before Friday to avoid another government shutdown. Funding for key farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, WIC and Senior Farmers… Read More

Congress Shows Broad Support for WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Honesta Romberger March 22, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, 42 members of Congress, led by Congressman Adriano Espiallat, sent a letter of support for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program to the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee. This statement of support is important following the release of the Presidential Budget Proposal last month, which proposed… Read More

President’s 2019 FY Budget Proposal: Bad News for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger February 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Released Monday, the President’s budget proposal contains little good news for farmers markets. In addition to massive cuts to SNAP, the proposal zeroes funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and Farmers Market Promotion Program. Taken together, the proposed budget… Read More

Democracy in Action: Highlights from the Farmer Fly-In Project

Honesta Romberger February 9, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week was the culmination of months of planning for the Farmer Fly-In Project. Thanks to your donations, and despite a wild week in D.C., we were able to bring six farmers and one market manager to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill about the importance of… Read More

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USDA Local Food Economics Webinar – Jan 24, 2018

Honesta Romberger January 18, 2018

Using the new Economic Impact Calculator to Assess your Project: A Discussion on the Connections to the USDA AMS Toolkit and Framing Used to Develop the Calculator Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2-3 pm Eastern (11 am – 12 pm Pacific) During this webinar oriented toward local food practitioners and project managers, we highlight the use… Read More

Your Donations in Action!

Honesta Romberger December 4, 2017

We here at FMC are thankful for your generosity! Thanks to your donations, we were able to kick off the Farmer Fly-In Project last month, by sending Liz Whitehurst, owner of Owl’s Nest Farm, to speak with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Liz, a Maryland farmer (who was also recently featured in a Washington Post article about… Read More

Farm Bill Update: The Local FARMS Act & Its Farmers Market Provisions

Allie Vrtachnik October 13, 2017

  Congress’ top two agenda items before year’s end—passing a 2018 budget and overhauling the nation’s tax code—continue to spill over into the Farm Bill.  In order to advance tax reform efforts, the House and Senate budget committees both passed 2018 budget bills last week. The House bill contained instructions to the Agriculture Committee to… Read More

Congress Takes First Step to Preserve WIC FMNP

Honesta Romberger July 5, 2017

By Alex Canepa, FMC Research and Education Director | alex@farmersmarketcoalition.org Farmers markets and recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) won a victory last week when the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations release its provisional (or “marker”) agricultural appropriations bill which preserves funding for the WIC Farmers Market… Read More

FMC Voices Support for Farmer Fair Practices Rules

Honesta Romberger June 2, 2017

Today, just four companies make 85 percent of America’s beef and 65 percent of its pork. Just three companies produce almost half of all chicken. This concentration in the meat industry hurts both farmers and consumers, which is why FMC has voiced our support for the Farmer Fair Practices Rules (GIPSA) Interim Final Rule (IFR).… Read More

DC’s Greenline Real Estate LLC Backs Petworth Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik March 14, 2017

By Gus Schumacher and Camille Range DC’s GreenLine Real Estate LLC has found a unique way to attract customers in the District of Columbia’s fast-growing Ward 4. They have set up a vendor’s tent at the popular Petworth Community Farmers Market. “It’s great for our business,’’ says Hassan Symes, one of the agents that mans… 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

2016 Farmers Market Promotion Program Awardees

Honesta Romberger September 28, 2016

The 2016 FMPP grantees have been announced by the USDA Agricultural Marketing service, and happily, FMC’s project has been funded. We are incredibly excited to work with market networks in Virginia and DC to train market leaders to confidently connect with influencers in their neighbors, and implement data-focused marketing campaigns. The resources created for VA… 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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Farmers Market Hero: Chef Jonathan Bardzik

Honesta Romberger May 19, 2015

Jonathan Bardzik, farmers market demo chef and cook book author, spends his Saturdays between March and Thanksgiving at Eastern Market in Washington DC, whipping up tasty recipes and enticing customers with the delicious aromas of fresh ingredients procured exclusively from the purveyors at the iconic market.  In 2011, the self-trained chef began promoting his love… Read More

Tis the Season!

Jen O'Brien May 1, 2015

This morning marked the opening of the 20th season of the USDA Farmers Market! Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was on site to cut the ribbon and address the crowd. He thanked his predecessor, Secretary Glickman, who helped start the market, and reflected on the changes to American’s food landscape. “20 Years later, farmers markets are now integral to providing opportunities for new farmers, small and medium sized business, and veterans.” Read More

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FMC Celebrates National Farmers Market Week in DC

Jen O'Brien August 5, 2014

On Sunday, August 3, the Farmers Market Coalition kicked-off National Farmers Market Week by revealing and displaying the winners of our 2014 Poster Contest at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. One-hundred and sixty- four posters were entered into the national contest, showcasing the amazing work of farmers markets across the country, and creating a significant challenge… Read More

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Upcoming Farmers Market Week Events

Jen O'Brien August 1, 2014

To kick-off National Farmers Market Week, the Farmers Market Coalition will announce the winners of their 2014 Poster Contest at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market on Sunday, August 3rd. For the past month, farmers markets from all corners of the country entered their original posters into FMC’s contest for a chance to win $2,500 in… Read More

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Niche Marketing to Wildlife Conservationists

Liz Comiskey July 8, 2014

by Charlottes Conley, Conservation Associate at Defenders of Wildlife It’s well known that consumers frequenting farmers markets these days are concerned about where their food is coming from and how it is grown. They want to feed their families food that is organic, grown locally and better tasting than what they could find at the local supermarket.… Read More

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Summer Initiatives

Jen O'Brien July 8, 2014

Hello! This summer we’ve been delighted to hear about the many innovative farmers market initiatives happening nationwide.  To name just a few: DC markets are offering checks to SNAP and Medicaid recipients as part of their Produce Plus initiative, the USDA is partnering with the Department of Defense to write a guide to running farmers markets on… Read More

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USDA Farmers Market Opens with a Military Chef Cook-Off

Jen O'Brien June 11, 2014

On Friday, I headed to Washington D.C. to join FMC President Bernie Prince, Vice President Copper Alvarez, and Board Members Jeff O’Hara and Gus Schumacher in celebrating the 19th season of the USDA’s Farmers Market. The Opening Day festivities, which fell on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, highlighted the intersection of American Agriculture and the… Read More

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Meet Me at Market: Chefs!

Jen O'Brien May 29, 2014

Introducing FMC’s summer campaign: Meet Me at Market! This year, the Farmers Market Coalition is providing the more than 8,100 markets across the country with tools to help them deepen their connection with the community, reach new audiences, and better communicate the market’s activities and impacts. FMC’s Meet Me at Market campaign will provide templates, promotional materials… Read More

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Farmers and Markets Support Furloughed Workers

Stacy November 6, 2013

The following links include examples of farmers markets supporting furloughed federal government employees during the temporary shutdown in October. Discounts for furloughed employees in Maine Consignment Booth for furloughed feds to sell non edible items in DC Free food for furloughed employees in NH Read More

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Celebrating the Many Benefits of Farmers Markets

Jen O'Brien August 4, 2013

It’s National Farmers Market Week! On Saturday, August 3rd, FMC, Wholesome Wave, DC Greens and the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace hosted a USDA press conference to kickoff the week’s festivities. Despite a sprinkle of rain, the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace was teeming with shoppers eager to purchase fresh produce, baked goods and other treats. Live… Read More

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National Farmers Market Week Kickoff this Weekend in D.C.

Jen O'Brien August 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jen O’Brien jen@farmersmarketcoalition.org (313) 303-6244  July 30, 2013   National Farmers Market Week Kickoff this Weekend in D.C. The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, Wholesome Wave and D.C. Greens will host a press conference on August 3rd at 10:00 am, where the USDA will announce the 2013 farmers… 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