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Alaska Market Beet:

News for and by Alaska's Farmers Market Community!
National Farmers Market Week August 1-7!
 
Let’s celebrate Farmers Markets! National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to show the nation how much value markets bring to their communities. With fun events, specials, contests, and activities, the week helps to boost market attendance and visibility – while at the same time being loads of fun!

However, we know that it can be a lot of work to plan a festive week like this, so our friends at the Farmers Market Coalition are offering plenty of resources, tools, and fun activities of our own for market managers, vendors, and attendees alike to use for planning and participating in National Farmers Market Week! 


Fingers crossed for an Alaska State Farmers Market Week Proclamation!
Support AFMA - Donate or become a member!
National Farmers Market Week is quickly approaching, and the celebration is one you won't want to miss!
 
Join communities all over the country in celebrating your local farmers market. The Farmers Market Coalition has a robust National Farmers Market Week Toolkit to help you plan, with social media graphics and templates (including the ones you see above and below!), and a schedule–let them do the planning for you! You can find the Toolkit here: 
FMC National Farmers Market Week Toolkit
Find a social media template here, and make sure to use #FarmersMarketsAreEssential with all of your Farmers Market Week posts to share in the fun!
Social Media Graphic Template
Scenes from the 2021 Market Season! Markets are in full bloom (literally):
Top: Calypso's Southside Community Farmers Market; From Left to Right, row by row: Left: Seldovia FM; Righ: Moonstone Farm stand; Left: Tanana Valley FM; Right: APU Spring Creek Farm CSA & Farm stand; Center: Muldoon FM; Left: Soldotna Saturday FM; Right: Kodiak FM; Left: Kodiak Harvest Co-op; Right: Homer FM
SAVE THE DATE:

The Alaska Division of Agriculture is hosting Alaskan Agriculture Day at the Fair, Sunday August 29th. AFMA is partnering with them to bring micro farmers markets to each gate, a great way to showcase the diversity of products farmers markets across the state offer. 
(Palmer, AK) – The Division of Agriculture and the Alaska State Fair invite the public to submit nominations for the twenty-second annual “Farm Family of the Year” award, to be presented at the 2021 Alaska State Fair.
The “Farm Family of the Year” award was established in 2000 by the Division of Agriculture and the Alaska State Fair with the intent to honor an Alaska farm family that best epitomizes the spirit of the agriculture industry for the year and to show appreciation for hard-working Alaskans committed to agriculture and mariculture. Nominations will be accepted through July 15, and can be submitted at online
 

Welcome back to Meghan’s Corner!

Hi all! I hope the 2021 market season is going well!
We know this is a busy time of year for everyone and want to remind you that we’re here to support you. If you need resources or want to make changes to your directory listing, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I also want to get everyone excited about National Farmers Market Week, coming up on August 1-7. 

We have some really cool social media templates from the Farmers Market Coalition that you can use for your market, and we may even do a photo contest on our Facebook and Instagram pages–more details to come! 

If you haven’t had a chance to complete your 2021 Market Listing Update Survey, it’s okay! Don’t fret–you can still complete the survey and we will add you to our online market directory. Our goal is to have a space where customers can find the most up to date information on your market and have a great experience shopping with you, so we will continue to update the website as new information comes in. If you’ve completed your survey but need to make a change, email me at meghan@inletkeeper.org

We wish you the best of luck and success during this 2021 season!

2021 AFMA Market Survey
The Farmers Market Directory you know and love, now with CSA and Farm Stands!
 
We've expanded our directory to include CSA and Farm Stand information, creating the most robust statewide agriculture directory out there today! We want Alaskans to know all of their options for purchasing fresh, local, delicious foods, direct from the source. We will be rolling out a new survey for CSA and Farm Stands specifically to keep listings updated, but compiled what we could for this season. 

Special thanks to Edible Alaska, The Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center, and the Division of Agriculture for their existing lists we pulled inspiration from! 
2021 Alaska Farmers Market Directory



Watch the full Cottage Food Series here
The BuyAlaska Campaign has launched a crowd-sourced recipe database of dishes made with Alaska grown/harvested ingredients. 
Browse recipes or submit your own here.
View the session recordings here
Kenai Local Food Connection is accepting vendor applications for its Harvest Moon Local Food Festival, to be held 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday, Sept. 18 at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna.  It's the Kenai Peninsula's biggest local food celebration of the year with live music, free kids' activities, food demonstrations, a pie baking contest and the popular Fermentation Station.  The festival is open to vendors of food (grown, harvested or made in Alaska); medicinal/ wellness/ personal care products made from locally grown or wild-harvested ingredients; food trucks featuring local ingredients; and educational booths relevant to the purpose of the festival. 

The rate is $30 per 10' x 10' tent space.   
The vendor application is online at https://www.kenailocalfood.org/2021-vendor-info.   
For more information, email kenailocalfood@gmail.com.

Good news, if you missed the opportunity to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), there is now a chance to apply to CFAP 2.0. 

The CFAP 2.0 application period RE-OPENED on April 5, 2021. If you haven’t yet filled out a CFAP 2.0 application, then let’s get you applied ASAP. Also, if your original application had mistakes, you can request a modification to your application!

Apply online at 
https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/apply


FSA FAQ Website on CFAP 2.0

If you are a tribal member and would like free technical assistance, reach out to IAC Alaska Region Technical Assistance Specialist:
Tikaan Galbreath at Tikaan@indianag.org

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