Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants Open

Farmers and others in Wisconsin’s food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for 2018 grants available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute […]

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Legal Information for Farmers Markets

A new resource is available on legal information for farmers’ markets. It covers business structures, liability risks, and more. A useful resource for farmers markets of all sizes and stages of growth and applicable to farmers’ markets in any state. Check it out at Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

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Plan, Partner, Promote: Top eight tips to support Wisconsin farmers market outreach and marketing

Farmers markets provide many social, economic, and ecological benefits to farmers and communities. They support local producers, foster community engagement, and have a positive ripple effect on their local economies. However, many markets are seeing increased competition with a growing number of local food outlets: community supported agriculture box shares, grocery stores, online marketplaces, and […]

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Resources for Farmers’ Markets in Accepting FoodShare (SNAP) Benefits

Farmers’ markets can become licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture to accept federal food benefits (SNAP; known as FoodShare in WI). In order to accept FoodShare, farmers’ markets  need to have terminals that can process electronics benefits transfer (EBT) information, which allows for the process of government benefits to the authorized retailer. Information, […]

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Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Resources

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) provides grants on a competitive basis for a wide spectrum of direct-to-consumer and intermediated marketing projects. Today’s announcement marks the second round of funding available through this newly expanded program from the 2014 Farm Bill. The $30 million a year provided by the Farm Bill is […]

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Farm businesses invited to list in new USDA directory

Are you a manager, operator, or owner of an on-farm market, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise, a food hub, or a farmers market?   We at USDA are making it easier for your organization or business to reach more customers.  We offer four directories to help local food businesses connect with buyers.  Building on the […]

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Get your Farmers Market wired with EBT

If you are interested in the opportunity below and would like to learn more about how to get your farmers market wired with electronic benefits transfer – Check out the information and resources on the UW-Extension Community Food Systems Team Blog. Posted materials include information on successes and lessons learned from others in the state […]

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Farmers Markets as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families and Communities

Project for Public Spaces has announced the publication of their latest public markets report “Farmers Markets as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families and Communities.” In conjunction with Columbia University and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PPS studied what market characteristics successfully attract low-income shoppers. The study also […]

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