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MFFM Wins Two USDA Grants

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Last week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack helped to kick off the nation’s harvest season by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to support local and regional food systems, including farmers’ markets. The Pittsfield-based Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets will be the recipient of two of those grants, bringing more than $348,000 in […]

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Annual Convention January 31st, 2016

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MFFM’s annual farmers’ market convention will take place on Sunday, January 31st at the Maple Hill Farm Inn and Convention Center in Hallowell (just outside of Augusta). This day-long convention will bring together market farmers, market managers, and others for a day of shop talk and networking. As usual, we’ll have breakout sessions all day […]

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National Farmers’ Market Week

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National Farmers’ Market Week is August 2-8, 2015. After a cool start to the summer, farmers across the state will be bringing amazingly diverse bounty to the markets just in time for this annual occasion. Many markets have also planned events to celebrate the special week. Farmers’ markets are more than just an outlet for […]

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Maine Markets Offer SNAP Bonuses

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Most Maine farmers’ markets that accept SNAP offer a special bonus for free fruits and vegetables with every SNAP purchase! Details of the bonus vary location by location. Visit your local participating market to find out more. It is easy for SNAP participants to get free bonus fruits and veggies at these participating markets: Augusta […]

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FINI Funding to Begin in June

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According to Wholesome Wave and Maine Farmland Trust, final details about the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive funding will probably be released the first week of June. The participating markets will each be working with a partner from the Maine Local Food Access Network. The partner organizations will be arranging contracts or MOUs (memoranda of understanding) with each […]

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FINI Funding for Maine Farmers’ Markets: FAQ

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As has been widely reported, the USDA recently approved a major grant proposal to support  SNAP/EBT programs at more than 30 Maine farmers’ markets! (The 3 year program, announced last week, will also involve some farm stands and CSA programs.) We are very excited to see this level of Federal funding directed towards Maine farmers’ markets. […]

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USDA Funding Awarded to MFFM and Partners

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Today the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets celebrates USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $31.5 million granted through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). National nonprofit Wholesome Wave received a $3.77 million FINI grant, of which MFFM, as a subgrantee, will receive substantial funding, which will be used to support increased access to fruits and […]

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EBT at Maine Markets Evolving

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Currently there are 29 Maine farmers’ markets accepting EBT. At our recent workshops “Making Your Market More Low-Income Friendly” we learned some useful information about changes in the process for farmers’ markets. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has a team dedicated exclusively to working with farmers and farmers’ markets to resolve their EBT challenges […]

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Register for March Workshops

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Is Your Market Low-Income Friendly? MFFM is offering a new workshop about increasing low-income access at your farmers’ market. Thanks to a grant through the Maine Community Foundation, the cost to register is just $10, which includes all materials and lunch. We’ll be offering the workshop in Bangor March 2nd and again in Brunswick March 4th (9:00-4:00). […]

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