Farmers Market Week: Markets Get Boost from Farm Bill-funded Program
National Farmers Market Week (Aug 5-11) has kicked off with a new, first-of-its kind series of promotional videos highlighting the benefits of farmers’ market shopping. The videos, produced by the Ecology Center in partnership with the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets, are part of a statewide social media campaign designed to drive new shoppers to farmers’ markets and to strengthen the identity of California’s certified farmers’ markets. >> FIND OUT MORE
Coastside Farmers’ Markets Handles Medfly Nuisance
Last November, San Mateo County agriculture officials discovered two adult Mediterranean fruit flies — or Medflies for short — in Half Moon Bay. In response, Erin Tormey of Coastside Farmers’ Markets has stepped up to prevent further infestations and deal with the quarantine while running two bustling markets. >> READ MORE
Study Reveals California Nutrition Program Boosts Healthy Eating Among CalFresh Recipients
A new Market Match Impact Report, from the Ecology Center, finds that giving CalFresh recipients incentives to buy fresh food at farmers’ markets leads to healthier diets. After two years, CalFresh recipients reported that: 73% increased the amount of fresh fruits & vegetables they buy each week; 71% say their family’s health has improved; and 67% increased the number of trips to the farmers’ market. The report was released during a celebration of increased funding in the state budget for nutrition incentives, spearheaded by Assemblymember Phil Ting. >> FIND OUT MORE
House Farm Bill Passes
The House passed a deeply flawed version of the Farm Bill on June 21. The bill contains many threats to local and regional food systems, including farmers’ markets. The Senate version provides hope for a better food system.
Senate Farm Bill passes out of committee
The Senate Committee on Agriculture passed a bipartisan farm bill that doesn’t make drastic cuts to SNAP, conservation or local and regional food programs. As the House looms closer to a second vote on their disastrous bill, advocates prepare to look to the Senate for a strong bill.
Draft Federal Farm Bill, a Mixed Bag for Farmers’ Markets
In a recent blog post, the Farmers’ Market Coalition responds to the draft Farm Bill legislation released by the House Agriculture Committee last week. It has ups and downs for farmers’ markets across the country.
Alliance Awarded a 2017 FMPP Grant.
The Ecology Center was awarded a Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant to further the work of the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets over the next three years. >> READ MORE
CDFA Seeks Comments on Draft Regulations.
Click here to go to the CDFA Regulations page. Note: you will need to scroll down to find the Direct Marketing section where you will see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Initial Statement of Reasons and Proposed Text. Comments are due by December 7th.
Legislative Primer on AB 1871 and AB 2385
Find out more about these bills and how they impact California farmers. >> READ MORE
California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets has selected its steering committee
The California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets is pleased to announce the formation of it’s inaugural steering committee. Individuals from all over the state come to the committee with a wealth of experience and expertise in farmers’ markets. >> READ MORE
Assm. Roger Dickinson introduces farmers’ market legislation
Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) introduced AB 1871. In an effort to protect consumers, the bill clarifies standards regarding false and misleading advertising, direct marketing registration, food safety self-certification… >> READ MORE
Federal Farm Bill includes $100 million for farmers’ market incentive programs
Buried in more than 900 pages of the new farm bill is a small nationwide program that will allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets. >> READ MORE