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News of Washington State Farmers Markets

WSFMA is Hiring a Dynamic Food Access Manager! Applications due to jobs@wafarmersmarkets.com no later than 5pm, August 29. Find out more, here.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week  - Read the USDA press release here.

Behind the Farmers Market: Rockridge Orchards
New online series features local market vendors
- ActivelyNorthwest is an online newsletter sponsored by LifeWise of Washington which offers health insurance.  They have started a new "Behind the Farmers Market" series featuring farmers selling at farmers markets in Washington and Oregon.  Check out the first issue featuring Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards.  He and his wife Judy, and their employees, are well loved at a number of markets in the Seattle area.   You can read the full article here.

The series will feature three Washington farmers and three Oregon farmers.  Please let the publishers know if you enjoy reading the article!

Watch the WSFMA Farmers Market Feud! This entertaining and educational video, filmed at the 2014 WSFMA Annual Conference and generously sponsored by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, features farmers market managers and farmers in a fun-filled Smackdown as they tackle probing questions and gritty issues about the farmers market industry.


2014 WSFMA Membership Programs  Join WSFMA to support and grow vibrant farmers markets across Washington State. Read more about how to become a Farmers Market, Farm or Friend of WSFMA member here.

The 2014 Washington State Farmers Market Directory will be available soon! – Email info@wafarmersmarkets.com today to get on our mailing list and request your free copy(ies).  Make sure to tell us how many directories you'd like and where to mail them.

Washington State 2014 Supplemental Budget contains an additional $200,000 for WIC and Sr. Farmers Market Nutrition Programs! Thanks to your calls, emails and the stories you shared with legislators, they heard and felt the impact these programs make at your markets, for Washington farmers and in your communities.  The additional funding provides $100,000 each to our friends at the Department of Health (WIC FMNP) and Department of Social and Health Services (Senior FMNP).  Our legislators had to make tough decisions about what to fund and we worked with our partners to support several programs that collectively provide a safety net for low income families.  Please take a few minutes to thank your legislators for supporting these programs and additional funding in the 2014 Supplemental Budget.

Farm Bill agreement by the House and Senate Committees - Some good news for farmers markets. Read here

WSFMA’s Response to USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Request for Information About SNAP Retail Food Store Eligibility: Read more about the notice and WSFMA's letter in response here.

WSFMA Cooks 2013: Sweet Corn & Pepper Salsa on YouTube! - Watch the video and get the recipe!

Get the Farmers Market Week Cooks! Recipe for Sweet Corn and Pepper Salsa here. -  Shop for seasonal ingredients at your local farmers market and celebrate Washington farmers and farmers markets with a healthy, affordable, easy-to-prepare supper!

New Resources on WA State Beer/Wine Sampling at Farmers Market - For an update on and resources for the implementation of SB 5674, click here.

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Farmers Market Week - August 3–9

Farmers Market Week Cooks at a Washington farmers market near you, August 3–9, 2014!

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims Farmers Market Week in Washington State, August 3-9.  Read the press release here. Read the Proclamation here.

Read WSFMA's press release here.

Read the new article in Actively Northwest featuring Farmers Market Week.

Find a nearby market here, shop for seasonal ingredients, and celebrate Washington farms and farmers markets with healthy, affordable, easy-to-prepare recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables available across the State during Farmers Market Week. Get the recipes here.

2014 WSFMA Annual Conference

Click here to see workshop materials from this year’s conference

Conference Agenda

Fresh Bucks Double Farmers Market Dollars

Stay tuned for information on the 2014 Fresh Bucks Project coming to a Seattle farmers market near you!

Read more about the Farmers Market Access Partnership and Fresh Bucks Project here.

Are you Passionate about Farmers Markets in Washington?

Passionate about farmers markets and sustainable food systems? Learn about and join the new WSFMA listserve here.

Find a farmers market near you!

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State Market Directory

2014 Legislative Priorities

Read more here about WSFMA legislative priorities and successes for 2014.

Affordable Liability Insurance

For information and links to applications for affordable liability insurance for Farmers Markets, Vendors, and Officers and Directors, go here:

Washington State
Farmers Market Association

WSFMA office location and mailing address:
93 Pike Street, Suite 316
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: (206) 706-5198

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