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Now That’s the Power of Produce: Using Children’s Programming at Farmers Markets to Increase Exposure to Healthy Foods
Through a three-year Jefferson Public Citizens project, a team of undergraduate and graduate
students created a multi-phase project around the Charlottesville City Market. In 2012,
the team created the Power of Produce (POP) Club based off a program in Oregon City. The
project’s main goals were to initiate action-oriented research, to provide better access to
healthy foods, and to expose children to fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways. Based on
local success, the POP Club now seeks to create a national movement dedicated to empowering
children to make healthy food choices through programming at farmers markets. The POP Club
provides farmers and markets with the opportunity to build a lasting and unique relationship
with future generations of local food supporters.
Offering a tour of your market helps new shoppers feel comfortable and welcome. In helping people to become familiar with the market, they are far more likely to become regular shoppers. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project put together a guide on offering market tours, downloadable at the link below
This booklet is the result of asking the question, “What can we do to increase sales and attendance at our market?”, reports the results from using our market as a “living lab” to systematically test ideas to answer this question.
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The Farmers Market and Faith Community Partnership Guide is a first edition publication from Rural Advancement Foundation International. The Guide lays out how farmers market managers can identify, reach out to, and build partnerships with local faith communities that will strengthen the market’s outreach, awareness, and accessibility. The Guide includes case studies from farmers markets with existing faith community partnerships as well as resources and templates farmers market managers can use. As this is the first edition, we recognize we didn’t capture everything. If you have comments about how to improve this resource, please contact RAFI.
New Jersey Produce Availability Chart
Alabama Produce Availability Chart
Looking for a market in New Hampshire? This guide, created by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food includes market locations, times, product mix, and contacts. The guide also denotes markets that participate in the Granite State Market Match program of the Nutrition Incentives Network. Customers using SNAP benefits will have their expenses matched dollar for dollar at these markets. A $10 match cap/market may exist (spend up to $10 using SNAP and get up to $10 match for a total of $20).
National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. NFMW allows farmers markets to take center stage on a national level, and is an opportunity for all markets to showcase the meaningful impacts they make in their communities. In this webinar, we cover FMC’s various resources, tools, templates and materials that can help you plan your market’s celebration, as well as tips on how to use them!
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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 variety of project types, yielding a diverse set of impacts in hundreds of communities, serving and even helping build the capacity of statewide organizations. Download the full report, read the Green Paper, browse four case studies, or view a slideshow highlighting main findings.