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 Resources

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WSFMA Signage for Safe Market Operations

Diana Broadaway May 14, 2020

WSFMA curated gallery of “safe market” signage, including examples from the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC as well as Seattle’s Neighborhood Farmers Markets, Poulsbo Farmers Market, Bellingham Farmers Market, and others. Read More



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WSFMA Gallery of Safe Farmers Market Photos

Diana Broadaway May 7, 2020

Washington State farmers markets are operating safely and in full compliance with public health directives and other restrictions to protect the health of shoppers, vendors, and market staff. This photo gallery of the Bellingham Farmers Market provides visual examples of the following: • SIGNAGE • SOCIAL DISTANCING • LINE MANAGEMENT • SANITATION • MARKET BOUNDARIES… Read More



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WSFMA Market Guidance

Diana Broadaway April 28, 2020

Farmers Market Safe-Operating Plans Our primary concern is the health and safety of our farmers and producers, market shoppers, market staff, and the host community. Farmers markets are taking serious safety precautions, including: revising market operations;reducing the number of vendors and changing the market layout; expecting shoppers and vendors to abide by public health directives… Read More



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Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit

FMC November 28, 2016

The Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit provides timely information, tips, and templates to help market managers navigate the increasing demands they face. We hope to cut your learning curve, share best practices, and adapt the excellent existing resources to your market. Each chapter includes downloadable tools in Word or Excel that you can tailor… Read More



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The “A to Z” of EBT, Credit, Debit Cards in Washington State

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2016

The process of setting up your market to accept EBT, credit and/or debit cards can be technical, confusing, and subject to change. This section outlines key considerations, explains current options, and shares creative ideas developed by Washington farmers markets. It’s not a linear step-by-step process; you may be working on various steps at the same… Read More



Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit

FMC November 1, 2016

The Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit provides timely information, tips, and templates to help market managers navigate the increasing demands they face. We hope to cut your learning curve, share best practices, and adapt the excellent existing resources to your market. Each chapter includes downloadable tools in Word or Excel that you can tailor… Read More



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Trust but Verify Practical Tips to Build Vendor Integrity at Your Farmers Market

Jen O'Brien August 3, 2016

  Farmers, as well as shoppers, rely on farmers markets to check all vendors’ claims and business practices. Because trust is a core feature of the farmers market brand, this task is critical. However, it is increasingly challenging given the diversity of operations, number of products, regional microclimates, layers of permits, distances between farms and… Read More



Farmers Market Posters and Graphics

Liz Comiskey October 2, 2015

To help promote farmers markets across the state, the Washington State University Farmers Market Action Team and Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) have teamed up to create a series of new farmers market graphics. The goal of this project is so increase the sales of specialty crops at farmers markets through the use of… Read More



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Token & Incentive Accounting Templates

Stacy August 24, 2015

Between 2010 and 2013, Washington State University collected data and provided education at 15 pilot markets participating in a Wireless Technology Project. The project was funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block grant through the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The team worked with the Anacortes Farmers Market (AFM) and their CPA (Sheri Muntean CPA… Read More



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Token & Incentive Accounting Templates

Stacy August 24, 2015

Between 2010 and 2013, Washington State University collected data and provided education at 15 pilot markets participating in a Wireless Technology Project. The project was funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block grant through the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The team worked with the Anacortes Farmers Market (AFM) and their CPA (Sheri Muntean CPA… Read More



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Selling at Farmers Markets FAQ

Liz Comiskey December 3, 2014

This resource is part of the Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit (chapter 6), created for potential farmers and vendors in Washington State and serves as a great guide to anyone who considers selling at a farmers market. Read More



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Researching Farmer Characteristics and Strategically Deploying the Data

Stacy December 9, 2013

Webinar Q&A (pdf) Farmers markets are nothing without farmers. And even within a single market, these producers have diverse backgrounds, defying generalizations. Understanding their characteristics, motivations, and needs is critical in order to continually improve market operations, measure market outcomes, and be accountable to organizational missions. Colleen Donovan, researcher on a comprehensive statewide analysis of… Read More



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Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State: Summary Report

Stacy December 3, 2013

The research, conducted through in-depth surveys of market managers throughout Washington State, documents the current capacity of Washington State farmers markets to generate income for farmers, improve the environment, and provide assets to communities; as well as to assess their long-term sustainability. The report also identifies the organizational and management strategies of successful market organizations,… Read More



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Farmers Market Report for King County, Washington

FMC December 1, 2013

Requested by the King County Council, this report identifies many of the challenges impacting farmers markets’ financial viability and future success and identifies some of the solutions that would help strengthen their operations and facilitate farmer access to the markets. Read More



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Creative Fundraising Strategies for Farmers Markets

FMC November 11, 2013

Watch this webinar that details successful ways that farmers markets have raised money. Webinar slides can be accessed here. Presenters include: Donita Anderson, Executive Director of the North Union Farmers Market in Ohio hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. Wayne S. Corey, President, Board of Directors Des Moines Farmers Market in Washington takes fundraising… Read More



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Phinney Farmers Market 2010 Shopper Survey

Stacy November 8, 2013

Results from a November 2010 survey of shoppers at the Phinney Farmers Market in Seattle, Washington.  The survey assessed shopping frequency, market spending estimates, estimates for spending elsewhere in the neighborhood that day. Read More



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Measuring Success: Market Recordkeeping and Evaluating Success

Stacy November 8, 2013

This webinar covers rationale and examples of data collection built into everyday operations at farmers markets, presented by Chris Curtis of the Neightborhood Farmers Market Alliance (Seattle, WA), Bernie Prince of FRESHFARM Markets (Washington, DC), and Darlene Wolnik, formerly of Market Umbrella and currently an independent trainer with Helping Public Markets Grow (New Orleans, LA). Read More



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Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance Mission Statement

Stacy October 29, 2013

The NFM’s mission is “to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families  by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. We provide direct sales opportunities for 100 of our region’s small farms, provide healthy produce to city residents, and educate consumers about local agriculture.” Read More



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“Roots” Guidelines for WSFMA membership

Stacy October 28, 2013

A set of guidelines established by the Washington State Farmers Market Association to which their members must adhere. As stated, “Regardless of the Market’s location or the number of vendors, Washington State consumers have the same expectations, and it is these expectations that every Farmers Market should meet if it truly intends to be successful… Read More



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Washington State Farmers Market Manual

Stacy October 23, 2013

The second (2012) edition of a manual developed by Washington State University Extension and Washington State Department of Agriculture in 2008 to encourage and assist communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets. Read More