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Branding your farmers’ market – guinea pigs needed!

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At this year’s Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (January 11th at the Augusta Civic Center), creative strategist Arielle Bywater (from Pica in Belfast) will be discussing ways farmers’ markets can hone their brands to reach new customers and increase loyalty among existing shoppers. Arielle will be looking at all aspects of a market’s outreach strategy, including websites, […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks wraps up at Summer Markets

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When you see Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) at farmers’ markets, consider how this program is the product of an organized effort among farmers, vendors, volunteers and community partners at each of the 31 farmers’ markets across the state.  Because of their work, eating local is more accessible, easy and affordable for low-income Mainers receiving SNAP/EBT.  […]

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2016 In Review

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During the 9th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, we welcome participants from markets all over Maine. To celebrate the markets and review the Federation’s work from 2016, we created the slideshows below. Some favorite images from 2016 MFFM’s 2016 Projects Collecting and Using Data: Snapshot Week 2016

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Farmers’ markets, food access & the USDA Farm Bill

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Next week we team up with our collaborators in the Maine Local Foods Access Network to launch a one-day Giving Tuesday campaign. Our goal: raise $2,000 to help expand the network of Maine Harvest Bucks markets into more communities and find increased success with all participating markets. It’s a humble goal, really, considering that the […]

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Recent Facts & Figures: SNAP works & Maine Harvest Bucks broadens the positive impact

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Over the past year, research groups from around the country have released the results of multiple studies analyzing the long-term effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).* Formerly known as Food Stamps, this federally-funded program rolled out across the country in the 1960s and ‘70s and has since positively affected the lives of millions […]

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New hires: expanding farmers’ market support down east and up north

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We are thrilled to announce that the hiring process for our new positions in Washington and Aroostook Counties are complete and the new people filling these roles have hit the ground running! Funding from the USDA’s Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grant and a local foundation have allowed us to expand our efforts and human power in these regions. A goal of both positions […]

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New position: Help promote and grow SNAP/Maine Harvest Bucks at Washington County farmers’ markets!

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MFFM is pleased to be partnering with Healthy Acadia to launch a new part-time position that will assist farmers’ markets in Washington County with SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks outreach and promotion. This person will primarily focus on the Eastport, Calais, and Princeton Farmers’ Markets and will collaborate with Healthy Acadia, MFFM, market members and volunteers to […]

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