Year One of the USDA FINI Program: Incentivizing the Purchase of Fruits and Vegetables Among SNAP Customers at the Farmers Market

Alex Canepa August 8, 2017

The USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program demonstrates positive progress towards the program’s main goal of increasing the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. FINI funding is open to multiple types of produce retailers, but incentive programs were initially tested, and have proven…

Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa August 7, 2017

This study, conducted by Michigan State University in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Fair Food Network, found that offering SNAP and Double Up at markets resulted in positive and distinct increases to direct agricultural sales beyond the value of the benefits themselves. It also reveals data-driven insights into SNAP families’ shopping behaviors…

ND Farmers Market Pricing

Stephanie Fenty July 11, 2017

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) collects prices of specialty crops that are sold across the state. The data is collected on a voluntary basis. Here are some details about the data that you can view. The data is city specific. Farmers market vendors voluntarily provided pricing and unit measurement information to the NDDA.…

Farmers Market Promotion Program Report 2012

June 20, 2017

In the fall of 2012, the Farmers Market Coalition partnered with Market Umbrella to embark on a research project to understand the activities and impacts of the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), surveying and conducting selected interviews with FMPP grantees awarded grants between 2006 and 2011. Findings reveal that FMPP has supported a wide…

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (FINI) 2015 Program Results

FMC April 25, 2017

The Agricultural Act of 2014 created a new competitive grant program to test the idea that providing incentives to SNAP program participants to buy fruits and vegetables could increase the consumption of produce and improve dietary health. e rst Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants were made in the Spring 2015, and this report summarizes the…

Community Supported Agriculture: New Models for Changing Markets

Alex Canepa April 10, 2017

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) retail model has evolved significantly in the past few decades to include a host of innovative and profitable organizational structures. This report offers case studies and analysis of CSA’s growing prominence in farm-direct marketing. Read the Report: Community Supported Agriculture: New Models for Changing Markets

Boulder County Focus Group SNAP Market Shopper Findings

FMC October 24, 2016

In 2016, Boulder County Public Health conducted focus groups and key-informant interviews with Boulder County residents receiving SNAP benefits to assess the knowledge, barriers and resources needed to encourage SNAP recipients to shop at farmers markets for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fostering Community Benefits: How Food Access Nonprofits and Hospitals Can Work Together to Promote Wellness

FMC June 22, 2015

The report, released by The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit committed to food access issues, outlines how nonprofit hospitals can partner with food access nonprofits to use farmers markets as a way to promote health and wellness within the local community

Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress

Liz Comiskey February 2, 2015

by Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Stephen Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen Vogel, and Becca B.R. Jablonski Administrative Publication No. (AP-068) 89 pp, January 2015 This USDA report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest…

Farmers Market Sustainability — Obstacles and Strategies

Stacy July 25, 2014

This report, initiated by the City of Seattle for the Regional Food Policy Council, identifies obstacles faced by Seattle farmers markets and recommends strategies for overcoming them. Data was obtained through four monthly meetings of a working group comprised of farmers market organizers, City of Seattle staff, and other stakeholders. The Report also identifies best practices from around the United…