October 22nd, 2014

Food Day 2014: MDFMA Celebrates with Baltimore Area Markets

by Amy Crone

Food Day, held each October 24th, is a day when people come together nationwide to celebrate healthy, affordable, sustainable foods, inspire others to make wiser food choices, and raise awareness about our food system. To learn more about Food Day and its impact on farmers market communities, see Food Day 2014 at Farmers Markets.

To celebrate, the Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA) will conduct Market to Mealtime nutrition education at the following markets throughout the week of Food Day:

Wednesday, October 22nd – State Center Community Market, 300 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD (map) from 10 am – 2 pm
 – Thursday, October 23rd – Johns Hopkins Community Market, 550 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD (map) from 10am – 2 pm
 – Friday (Food Day, October 24th) – University of Maryland’s Food Day Fair, 22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD  (map) from 10 am – 1 pm
 – Saturday, October 25th – Cheverly Community Market, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD (map) from 8 am – 12 pm

Market to Mealtime is an innovative program, developed through Eat Fresh Maryland and Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE), that provides nutrition education to consumers at farmers markets. Its unique curriculum empowers consumers to make the most of the various in-season food at markets. You can learn more about Market to Mealtime here.

MDFMA will be managing the Market to Mealtime program at farmers markets going forward in partnership with FSNE. We are excited about this next step for our organization to increase our nutrition education programs, and look forward to offering this wonderful educational experience at many more markets in the 2015 season.

If you are interested in volunteering for Market to Mealtime, sign up here; and if you would like to learn more about our efforts, sign up for our newsletter here (newsletter link).

Come visit us at market this week, eat local and get social to share how you will be celebrating Food Day with us: through our Facebook page, via Twitter – @MDFMAssociation, #FoodDay2014, @FoodDay2014, on Instagram or via Pinterest.

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.