Accepting SNAP at Direct Marketing Sites and Farmers Markets
Direct Marketing Sites and Farmers markets can accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to create a win-win-win opportunity for their market, their vendors, and the health of their community. Accepting SNAP, which is distributed via the Michigan Bridge Card, can increase revenue for vendors, contribute to vendor recruitment and retention for the market and increase access to fresh, nutritious, local food for residents of your community.
This webinar discusses how accepting SNAP benefits can benefit a direct marketing site and farmers market, the steps to getting started, and how a market can facilitate SNAP transactions between customers and vendors.
Accepting WIC Project FRESH & Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH at Michigan Farmers Markets
Learn about how to become authorized to accept WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH at farmers markets. This webinar discusses the similarities and differences between the two programs, how to participate, and what resources are available to help implement the programs and inform customers.
Food and Product Safety
Learn more about plant sales at the market and relevant licensing information from a Michigan farmers market vendor and Andria McCubbin-Green, Nursery Program Specialist at MDARD. Information about licensing, helpful resources, and what market managers should know to best support their vendors will be discussed.
Industrial Hemp and Topical CBD
Learn more about Industrial Hemp & Topical CBD and relevant licensing information from two Michigan farmers market vendors (MyTCBD & BarrieBeau Herb Farm) and a representative from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Information about licensing, helpful resources, and what market managers should know to best support their vendors will be discussed.
Cottage Food Law
Learn more about Cottage Food and the transition to a licensed food business from two Michigan small businesses (Michigan-Made Treats & Sweet Encounter Bakery) and a representative from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Information about licensing, helpful resources, and what market managers should know to best support their vendors will be discussed.
2020 Cannabis and Michigan Farmers Markets
This webinar will introduce Michigan farmers market managers to new resources created by MIFMA to help navigate the sale of cannabis products at farmers markefts, show examples of market policy language around the sale of these products, and feature questions and answers from farmers market staff.
Cooking Demonstration Webinar
This webinar is about new licensing options for farmers markets implementing cooking demonstrations. You will hear from MDARD and a market manager who has completed the licensing application.
2019 Food Safety Webinar
This webinar discusses the successes and challenges of the 2019 farmers market season as it pertains to food safety. Learn about safe food sampling, cottage food labeling, eggs and egg cartons, kombucha, and hemp/marijuana/CBD at farmers markets from an MDARD inspector.
2018 Safe Food Sampling Webinar
This webinar reviews the MDARD Safe Food Sampling Guidelines paired with real-world examples for providing food samples at a farmers markets. Mandi Cooley from MDARD, Michelle Gagliardi from MIFMA, and Danielle Welke of MI Ice Pops present take a dynamic approach on best practice for providing safe food to farmers market visitors.
Celebrating National Farmers Market Week in Michigan
National Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your market! Join MIFMA and the Farmers Market Coalition to learn tips and share tools for successfully promoting your farmers market. MIFMA members who register for the webinar will gain access to customized digital promotional tools to use to celebrate and promote on social media.
Difficult Questions and Controversial Topics
Difficult Questions and Controversial Topics
Farmers Markets as Engines for Economic Opportunity: Power in Numbers
This webinar showcases the pilot work being done in Michigan to understand the Economic Contribution of Farmers Markets to local communities. It is an overview of the Michigan Farmers Market Association’s (MIFMA) steps forward in economic contributions of markets to their local communities through strong data collection. Collecting strong data gives farmers markets the benefit of seeing change, from year to year. While most markets have already begun to collect data at a baseline level, this webinar helps to explain the need for more in-depth metrics. This discussion of different types of data collection tools helps markets start the process and demonstrate their reach to community members, funders, governing bodies, and potential market vendors.