August 7th, 2016

Farmers Market Week for MDFMA

by Nate Charnas
It’s that time of the year: National Farmers Market Week! The celebration begins today, and we at MDFMA plan to get out to many markets throughout this fun week. So while you’re out enjoying all of the food, music, activities, and events that your local farmers market will be holding this week, stop by and say hi! We’d love to hear from you and let you know about everything MDFMA is working on.
MDFMA staff will be at the following farmers markets:
  • Sunday, 8/7: Takoma Park; Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar
  • Tuesday, 8/9: UMMC
  • Wednesday, 8/10: Catonsville; Govanstowne; State Center
  • Thursday, 8/11: Johns Hopkins Hospital; Riverdale
  • Saturday, 8/13: Edmondson Village
There’s also going to be raffle at select markets in Baltimore City for a $30 gift certificate to Ejji in Belvedere Square. You can enter two different ways – by donating to Maryland Market Money or by participating in a quiz about MDFMA & farmers markets – so whether you’re showing your support or learning something new, there might be delicious ramen in your future.
Finally, if you’d like an even more enriching Farmers Market Week experience – or if you want to be the hippest, most knowledgeable person at your local market – here are some facts about farmers markets from the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) that we thought were pretty fascinating. Did you know that farmers markets…
  • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland: Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
  • Stimulate local economies: Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food: Several  studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets. Due to this and other factors, 52% more SNAP households shop at farmers markets and from direct marketing farmers today than in 2011.
  • Support healthy communities: Farmers market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
  • Promote sustainability: Three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards.

See you at the farmers market!

About the Author Nate Charnas

Nate Charnas is an AmeriCorps VISTA at MDFMA focusing on increasing benefits access for farmers market customers. He is originally from San Francisco and hopes the good people of Baltimore will accept all of his Giants clothing as a sign of solidarity with the Orioles.