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Black Lives Matter – In Solidarity

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The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) stands unified with the Black community, Black Lives Matter, and all people of color. We recognize that there is an enduring legacy of racism, white supremacy, and white privilege in this country and in Maine. White communities, and white-led organizations like ours, must actively engage in expanding the […]

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Maine Farmers’ Markets Adapt to Serve Their Communities

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The spring farmers’ market season is underway in Maine. Maine’s farmers’ markets are opening for the season and proactively responding to the Covid-19 public health emergency. The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) reports that farmers’ markets are changing their physical layouts, locations, market rules, sanitation measures, and social norms to keep the public and […]

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Single-Use Plastic Carry-out Bag Ban and Farmers Markets

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UPDATE – Due to the covid-19 crisis, the bag ban does not go into effect until January 15, 2021. The details below outline the requirements for FM’s when the ban goes into effect. For full details of the bag ban – follow this link to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bag Ban Guidance –The 5 […]

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Free SNAP sign-up during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show & MFFM Convention

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The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) invites farmers’ market organizers and direct-marketing farmers to sign up to accept SNAP/EBT on January 16th during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. There are more than 160,000 people in Maine who purchase food with SNAP. Farmers and farmers’ markets can grow their customer base, and provide a critical […]

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Partnership with DACF helps farmers’ markets process SNAP/EBT.

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This year, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) partnered with the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) to help cover the cost of purchasing SNAP processing equipment for farmers’ markets. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the program formerly known as food stamps, helps 1 in 8 Mainers (mostly children and […]

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A partnership in Bangor brings new shoppers to markets

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This article describes a marketing opportunity to attract new shoppers by partnering with local employers. In spring of 2019, MFFM was approached by the City of Bangor’s Wellness Committee to develop a program that will give their 500+ employees incentive to buy healthy food from the local farmers’ markets.  Employer Partnerships Each year, the city’s […]

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Snapshot Week Photo Competition

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Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week is our annual celebration of farmers’ markets in Maine. This event coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, falling on August 4-10, 2019. Photo Competition This year’s Snapshot Week features a photo competition for shoppers and farmers. The competition will run for 2 weeks August 4 – 17 to give you […]

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EBT Equipment Options for your Farmers’ Market

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Let’s navigate the EBT equipment world together. This article addresses the free SNAP EBT Equipment Program and discusses additional options for ineligible markets. All markets that accept SNAP/EBT must possess a machine that processes the EBT transaction. Free Equipment? Free, wireless, SNAP-Only equipment is available via Maine Department of Health & Human Services for farmers’ […]

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Buying your own EBT Equipment

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If you’re looking to purchase EBT equipment for your SNAP program, without the help of a grant to subsidize the cost, then you should fall into one, or ideally all, of these categories: Our market has offered SNAP for years; Our vendors are dedicated to keeping this program sustained; We have enough shoppers using SNAP/EBT […]

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