SW Ohio Regional Farmers Markets Met April 7th

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The FMMN Southwest Ohio regional farmer’s market meeting was held on Monday April 7th at 7:00 pm. We will have updates on the meeting soon.
Facilitator: Donna Bednar
Terwilliger’s Lodge, at Dulle Park
Two ways to get there.
From I-71, get off at Pfeiffer Rd/Exit 15. If coming from the north, turn left and head back under the highway. From the south, bear to the right and head east/toward Montgomery Rd.  Go two stop signs to Deerfield Rd. and turn left.  In about 1/2 mile, Dulle Park is on the right.
From Montgomery Rd., turn onto Pfieffer Rd.  At first stop sign, turn right onto Deerfield Rd.  In about 1/2 mile, Dulle Park is on the right.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Resources

While, everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork, NSAC writes that the FDA’s new proposed rules as written in 2013 will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities. The regulations are part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed by Congress in 2010, and they set new standards for produce farms and new requirements for food facilities – including farms – that handle or process food for human consumption.

On December 19, 2013, FDA announced that it would propose revised rule language for key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting farmers and would publish revised language in early summer 2014. This decision was based on public input that led FDA to believe that significant changes would be needed in key provisions of the proposed rule on produce safety and the proposed rule on preventive controls for human food. For the latest update visit the FDA’s page on the FSMA

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has resources on Food Safety and farm policy including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on oeffa.org.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has extensive ongoing resources on the implications of the new proposed rules for small scale farmers. The pubilc comment period ended in November of 2013 and rules are yet to be finalized as of spring 2014. Visit NSAC’s page for the latest.

KaTom Restarant Supply’s page dedicated to FSMA offers another resource from a food service perspective.

Webinar: Market Considerations and Best Practices for accepting SNAP

If you are a farmers’ markets or direct marketing farmer who is interested in accepting SNAP/EBT benefits here is your opportunity to learn more.  Join us for a 1 hour webinar on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014.  The webinar will share information about best practices for accepting SNAP, utilizing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) resources and available funding.

Agenda:

12:00 – Welcome

12:10-12:30 – Market Considerations and Best Practices for accepting SNAP.

12:30 – 12:50 – Equipment options and resources available through Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

12:50 – 1:00 – Q&A

To join the webinar go to:  https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/farmersmarkets/?refresh-parent=true

Login as a guest.

To join the audio portion of the conference Call Dial-in Number: 1-605-475-5950 (Midwest)

The Participant Access Code is: 5717403

Anyone who has questions during the webinar, they will be able to utilize the chat feature of the Carmen Connect and type in their questions.

 

If you have questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Christie Welch
Farmers’ Markets Specialist
The Ohio State University
South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x. 234 Office
welch.183@osu.edu

http://southcenters.osu.edu/farmers-markets

 

Market Manager Webinars

MIFMA is offering Market Manager professional development webinars to FMMN members at the MIFMA member rate.

The 2014 Market Manager Certificate Program will be better than ever! 

The MIFMA Farmers Market Manager Certificate Program is a voluntary program designed to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management.

 Same Great Program: 

  • Top notch speakers on topics ranging from developing a market mission statement to governance, writing rules/policies, conflict management, vendor licensing and regulations, food assistance programs and marketing.
  • Networking opportunities with market managers from across the state
  • Only program in the country that recognizes attendees as certified, professional trained, market managers upon completion

New and Improved Format: 

  • Two locations for in-person sessions: Grand Rapids & Marquette
  • Webinars to reduce travel time
  • Weekend and evening programming for market managers with full time jobs

Full Program is closed, however individual webinars are still open. Individual webinar registration closes two weeks before the webinar. MIFMA is offering FMMN members at the MIFMA member rate of $20 per webinar.

 Individual, topic based webinars can be registered for through the Calendar of Events at http://mifma.org/events-3/

Amanda Shreve
Manager, Programs & Partnerships
Michigan Farmers Market Association
480 Wilson Road, Room 172
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-432-3381
www.mifma.org

Sponsorship Opportunities for Farmers’ Market Conference

farmers market conferenceThe Farmers’ Market Management Network (FMMN), in cooperation with the City of Dublin, will host the 5th Annual Farmers’ Market Conference on March 13 and 14, 2014. The conference is open to market managers, market vendors, and other vested individuals from around the state.

Consumer demand for fresh, local food direct from the farmer continues to grow.  Markets are well positioned to appeal to younger customers interested in specialty artisan foods as well as health-conscious families and empty nesters.  Farmer vendors and value-added producers rely on markets to introduce their products to the public and develop their businesses.  From pre-event marketing exposure to onsite visibility to post-event press coverage, sponsorship of the Farmers’ Market Conference, is the ideal way to reach farmers’ market and local food decision makers in Ohio. Integrate your marketing efforts and enhance your organization’s visibility. Take advantage of these sponsorship opportunities.

Download our Sponsorship Package (pdf)

Central Ohio Farmers’ Market Regional to Meet in January

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6pm for the first quarter meeting of Central Ohio members. It’s planning time for the 2014 outdoor season, and so a perfect time to start collaborating! Market managers,  vendors and community stakeholders are welcome. The meeting will be held at the Historic North Market (59 Spruce St. Columbus, OH 43215).

Can’t make it? Don’t worry! A copy of minutes will be provided and our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 8th 2014.  If you know a market organizer or vendor in central Ohio that would like to attend, please share. See the invitation at Evite & RSVP.

Catering Opportunity: Request for Proposals

On March 13 and 14, 2014, the Farmers’ Market Management Network, in cooperation with the City of Dublin, will host the 5th Annual Farmers’ Market Conference. The conference is open to market managers, market vendors, and other vested individuals from around the state.

We are currently seeking proposals for catering services. We invite you to share with caterers in your circles.

Please see the RFP for details:  FMMN Conference Catering RFP 2014

baking

 

 

Federal Food Safety Rules (FSMA)

Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for produce farms and for facilities that process food for people to eat. It represents some big changes to our food system – and it is extremely important for the Food and Drug Administration to get these regulations right.

COMMENT PERIOD DEADLINE EXTENDED TO November 22, 2013!

What are the proposed rules? Who is affected? Learn more at: http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/

 

Volunteer for Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Do you have a passion for organizing events, marketing, regulation, legislation or journalism? Consider volunteering for an FMMN project.  Members are welcome to attend board meetings (sometimes by phone) and get involved with our committees.

FMMN Committees need your expertise: Get involved in your area of interest by contacting the coordinator below.

Farm Visits/Inspection: Charlie Ernstes
Conference Planning: Jaime Moore and Beth Knorr
Regional Meetings: Jaime Moore and Beth Knorr
Resources/Handbook: Mayda Shingler
Mentoring/Technical Assistance: David Persinger
Legislative: Beth Knorr and Mayda Shingler

 

August FMMN Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8am, via phone conference (or web)

1. Please join my meeting.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/484596277

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

United States: +1 (267) 507-0008

Access Code: 484-596-277
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID:484-596-277

 

Grants for EBT Terminals Available

I hope everyone is having a great 2013 season!  This is just a reminder that if your farmers’ market or in some cases farm market is new to accepting SNAP, there are federal dollars available to help with the cost of the terminal, etc.  If you were approved by USDA FNS on or after November 18, 2011 you are eligible to apply for this funding.  For information about the funds contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at:   614-466-4815 and ask to speak to the EBT Section.  Deadline to apply for this funding is September 30, 2013.

If you have questions about accepting EBT at your market contact me (contact information below).

Have a great day!

Christie

 Christie Welch
Farmers’ Market Specialist
The Ohio State University
South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd.
Piketon, OH 45661
Welch.183@osu.edu
740-289-2071 x. 234
http://ohiofarmersmarkets.osu.edu

 

In 2012, the USDA made a $4 million appropriation to states to use to purchase EBT machines for markets that were currently unable to accept SNAP benefits. Due to a variety of reasons, only $300,000 of this money was spent. This year, in an effort to dramatically increase the use of the funds, the USDA has announced a policy change that makes individual farmers eligible, in addition to markets. Now individual farmers’ who vend at a market that does not have EBT access

Take advantage if this opportunity to increase earnings for your farmers and vendors with a free EBT terminal. For assistance see the resources from OSU South Centers which include step by step application video to filling the online form.  For personalized assistance contact the Farmers’ Market Coordinator at OSU South Centers at  (740) 289-2071 or in state (800) 297-2072.