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Now Recruiting! Farmers’ Market Organizer Training 

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Boost your management skill-sets and help markets thrive. Learn how to be a more engaged market member.  Join Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, Farmers Market Coalition, NOFA-VT, and experts in farmers’ market organizing and mediation.  Who can join? Farmers’ market organizers (vendors, managers, volunteers) and service providers that work with farmers’ markets. Ideally, at least […]

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Unique Workplace Wellness Program Available for Health-Minded Employers

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Employers want happy, healthy employees.  Employees want to have fun in their time off and they love to eat good food.  Enter Bumper Crop, a program of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) that provides employers with an innovative workplace wellness option that is also an employee appreciation incentive.   Through Bumper Crop, Maine employers […]

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Arcadia Sponsors Farmers’ Markets and Food Access in Maine

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Throughout the month of August, market shoppers can learn about community solar options with Arcadia The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets is excited to announce today that Arcadia, the climate crisis–fighting tech company giving everyone access to the tools to build a 100% clean energy future, has made a major sponsorship pledge to the Maine […]

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Maine Farmers’ markets see major growth serving food insecure households during pandemic

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Inspired by the impact of Maine Harvest Bucks? Please make a donation to strengthen our program for the year ahead. Every dollar helps a family access healthy, local food, and goes to local farmers throughout the state. Click here to donate! In 2020, farmers’ markets saw an unprecedented increase in people using their SNAP/EBT cards […]

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Internship and Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

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Farmers’ markets are in need of extra support this summer to keep their markets strong during the covid-19 pandemic. Across Maine, farmers’ markets provide food security to their communities. Nearly all farmers’ markets in Maine are organized and managed by farmer-vendors. Therefore, volunteers, at market and behind the scenes, provide a substantial contribution to supporting […]

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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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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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Rockland Farmers’ Market Welcomes EBT Shoppers, Doubles Their Dollars

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Back in November of 2018, Jimmy DeBiasi from the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets joined Noami Brautigam from Dickey Hill Farm at the Community Health Needs Assessment meeting for Knox County. They were on a mission to forge a new community partnership to re-launch the Maine Harvest Bucks program at the Rockland Farmers’ Market. The […]

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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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