Category: News

USDA Announces the 2020 National Farmers Market Managers Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service today announced the opening of the 2020 National Farmers Market Manager Survey. The survey, conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, will estimate the number of farmers markets in the United States and share general information about market organizational characteristics, agricultural business support activities and market […]

Wolf Administration: Agriculture is Essential for a Safe and Reliable Food Supply

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued guidance for the agriculture industry on essential businesses and how those businesses can mitigate against COVID-19 while maintaining essential operations to ensure access to food. Governor Tom Wolf yesterday provided an update to businessesOpens In A New Window related to Pennsylvania’s statewide mitigation efforts and noted that food processing, […]

Farmers Market Coalition Guidance on COVID-19 at Farmers Markets

As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, farmers market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are vital to food access for consumers and the livelihoods of farmers. In response, market operators are developing communications, preparing contingency plans, and in some regions, beginning to […]

“Market Matters” Newsletter – February 2020

The Launch of PA Farm Markets Market Maps, the 2020 Farmers Market Manager Conferences and a report on why consumers do and don’t shop at the farmers market. Read it here

“Market Matters” January 2020

Marketing Is Child’s Play, Agritourism Survey, Best Marketing Practices for Farmers Markets. Read it here

Job Opportunity – Berks County Farm Market

Individual will manage a 4th generation family-owned farm market located in southeast PA. Info and job description here:

“Market Matters” Newsletter – November 2019

This month we look at agritourism, SNAP training, creating happiness in your products and more.

Organizations to provide SNAP training

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture has selected Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) to lead evaluation and training and technical assistance to GusNIP grantees. As part of the project, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) will coordinate efforts to provide training and technical assistance to farmers markets and other farm […]

“Market Matters” Newsletter – October 2019

Market Matters – Oct. 2019

Survey results offer food for thought for struggling farmers markets

The results of a survey about why people shop – or don’t shop – at farmers markets will give market managers and vendors plenty of food for thought in devising strategies to stem the decline in sales.

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