Washington Contacts

Washington State Farmers Market Association

 

To add state news and resources, contact:
Ben Feldman
ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org


SNAP Info & Contacts

Program name/EBT Card Name: Basic Food Program/QUEST Card
Current contractor: Fidelity Information Services, LLC (FIS)

Contact:
Kate Delavan
Food Access Program Manager
Washington State Farmers Market Association
foodaccess@wafarmersmarkets.org
(206) 706-5198

 

To add state news and resources, contact:
Ben Feldman
ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org


Washington Ag Department

Washington State Department of Agriculture


FMNP & SFMNP

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Rosemary Biggins, SFMNP Director/Coordinator

Phone: (360) 725-2466

Toll-Free: 1-800-422-3263

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Janet Jackson Charles, WIC Director

Fax: (360) 236-2345

Toll-Free: 1-800-841-1410

VOC Contact: 1-800-841-1410 Press #7

Email: janet.charles@doh.wa.gov

or

Katherine Flores, FMNP Coordinator

Phone: (360) 236-3721

Katherine.Flores@doh.wa.gov

Washington News/Case Studies

Farmers Markets as Part of Disaster Resilience

Hannah Fuller October 28, 2020

While wildfires are a natural occurrence, over the past decade we have witnessed years of record breaking recurring wildfires throughout the US, with 2020 being a particular devastating year for communities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and neighboring states. News coverage of the millions of acres burned is fading, but the effects of disasters of… 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



Columbia City Farmers Market, Washington

Allie Vrtachnik June 28, 2018

Year Founded: 1998 Market Season: Wednesdays, May- October (3 pm- 7 pm) State: Washington Mission Statement: The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is committed to supporting and strengthening Washington’s small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. To meet our mission we provide effective direct sales sites for our region’s small farmers, while also… 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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New cafe at Olympia Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik April 9, 2018

Our Farmers’ Table is to open next to the Olympia Farmers Market, and source 60-70% of its produce from the market itself. The restaurant will be in good company among the popular eateries featured on the block, and is sure to be a hit with the opening of the farmers market and its locavore customers.… Read More



Snohomish Farmers Market: a place for everyone.

Allie Vrtachnik August 30, 2017

Snohomish Farmers Market is a beloved fixture in its local Washington scene. Currently in their 26th season, the market is nestled in the town’s historic district near older institutions such as the Carnegie Library, the town’s oldest remaining public building. With a vibrant Pop Club program, collaborations with local artists, and fun events like an… Read More



A SNAPshot of Successful Farmers Markets Across the United States

Honesta Romberger August 7, 2017

Take a tour of market successes! In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, the Farmers Market Coalition is excited to present a series of Farmers Market Success Stories featuring markets from across the country working to improve access to fresh, local products for low-income community members. Successful markets share tips and best practices for growing… Read More



Renton Farmers Market: Meet Me at the Market!

Allie Vrtachnik May 9, 2017

Renton, Washington sounds like a seriously cool place to live, play, and eat. Nestled on Lake Washington’s south shore, Renton is home to Boeing, is a recreational gem with 29 park and trails, and has lively community based arts and entertainment. Carrie Olsen, Renton Farmers Market Coordinator, would describe Renton, population of 101,000, as “a… Read More



POP Club Participants Wrap Up for the Season

Liz Comiskey October 26, 2016

  (1. Federal Way Farmers Market, 2. Federal Way Farmers Market, 4. Montavilla Farmers Market 5. Indianapolis City Market, 6. Indianapolis City Market) This past summer, 49 markets offered Power of Produce Club (POP Club) programming at their markets with the support of a sponsorship from FMC and Chipotle Mexican Grill. The program helped to… Read More



Why I Work for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger July 27, 2016

by: Teri Wheeler I once was asked “In one word – tell me what Pike Place Market (where I worked at the time) means to you.” Without having to think I said, “Opportunity.” I now run the Shoreline Farmers Market. I get chills when I think about how cool it is to work somewhere that… Read More



Meet Poulsbo Farmers Market

Honesta Romberger May 2, 2016

This week! We jump up to the great state of Washington to highlight another fantastic west-coast market, the Poulsbo Farmers Market! Market manager, Rachael Cleveland shared with us all the ways Poulsbo FM has become a beloved community fixture for over a decade! Farmers Market Coalition: Give us the scoop on Poulsbo Farmers Market. Rachael… Read More



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Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference a Success!

FMC February 10, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of spending three inspiring days at the Washington State Farmers Market Association’s Annual Conference held in Olympia, Washington. Under the leadership of Executive Director Karen Kinney, WSFMA brought together over 200 participants from around the state to meet, reconnect, and discuss a diverse range of issues. My colleague Alex… Read More



Markets on a Mission to Support Veterans

Honesta Romberger November 11, 2015

This Veterans Day, in an effort to honor the brave men and women who have served our country, FMC is highlighting two farmers market organizations who’s mission it is to support our veterans. Growing Veterans is a rehabilitation and sustainable agriculture program situated on two farms in Washington state with a mission to empower military veterans to… 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



Tasty Seasonal Recipes to Share at Your Market

Honesta Romberger July 21, 2015

With preparations for National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, in full swing, the Washington State Farmers Market Association is sharing some delicious seasonal recipes that are sure to be a hit at your market! Featuring summer produce at its peak, the recipes are simple, easy to adapt, and use a short list of fresh, affordable… Read More



Washington State Farmers Markets Partner with SNAP-Ed to Encourage Low-Income Kids to Eat their Veggies

FMC April 9, 2015

Attracting low-income shoppers to farmers markets takes creativity. This past year, the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market partnered with Catholic Charities Spokane to reach out in a novel way, both to draw new shoppers and educate them about healthy eating. Catholic Charities received funding from Washington State SNAP-Ed to purchase over 200 copies of Sylvia’s Spinach to… Read More



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Collaborating for Farmers Market Research in Washington State

Liz Comiskey March 5, 2014

by Colleen Donovan, Washington State University Small Farms Program Researching farmers markets can be challenging, especially given their “bottom-up” histories which typically include under-funded organizations, incomplete archives, inconsistent data collection, and multiple definitions for the same terms. In Washington State, market managers, farmers, the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA), the state department of agriculture,… 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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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