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Alaska Market Beet:

News for and by Alaska's Farmers Market Community!

Spring has Sprung  & its Summit Time!

  • Spring Annual Meet-up! Save the date: on April 9th we'll host our one day Market Summit and Annual Meeting
     
  • Annual AFMA Market Survey: for updated market listings + letting us know what you want to see, and what you might have for inclusion, in our Alaska Farmers Market Toolkit, a 2020-22 Alaska Specialty Crop Block Grant project.
Register (for free) for the 2021 AFMA Summit, April 9th, 8am-5pm!
To help customers find your market, we are updating our Alaska Farmers Market Directory. Your listing will include location, date range you will be operating, hours of operation, the forms of payment you accept, and any other information that customers may need to have a successful market experience!  

Also, this will be your chance for letting us know what you want to see or resources you are willing to share, for inclusion in our Alaska Farmers Market Manager and Specialty Crop Vendor Toolkit, a 2020-22 Alaska Specialty Crop Block Grant project.
2021 AFMA Market Survey - Complete by 4/12
Thursday, April 8th, Pre-Summit Event hosted by Cook Inletkeeper:

Alaska’s climate is changing rapidly with air temperatures projected to rise by an additional 2 – 4 oC in the coming decades. This warming will bring rising stream temperatures, changing flow conditions, and extreme flood events that alter the freshwater habitats of our Pacific salmon. However, this climate shift is also benefiting our local growers and farmers’ markets. While growth in agriculture will increase food security and access to local foods, it must not be done at the expense of our salmon.

We have the responsibility now to create a healthy relationship between farms and streams to ensure local foods and fisheries are abundant for all Alaskans! Come learn more about Salmon-Safe land ethics.

Meghan's Corner

Hi everyone! I’m here to remind you to fill out the Alaska Farmers Market Association 2021 Market Survey! We want to give shoppers your market’s most up to date information, so it’s important to complete our quick survey. Once completed, your market will be listed on our website’s directory, which is also utilized by the Division of Agriculture, so shoppers will be able to find you easily. Help us market your market successful! 

 

By completing the survey you also receive free AFMA shwag for your market to give away during the season! Please complete the survey by April 12th, 2021. I’m calling each market manager to walk through the survey, so be on the lookout for a call from me.

This year it’s even more important to complete the survey than ever because we want to hear from you directly to inform our Farmers Market Toolkit. Let us know what topics you would like addressed in the Toolkit and what would be most useful to your market’s success. Your participation in this is completely voluntary and not required for your market to be included in the directory, but we would greatly appreciate your feedback. 

Have you heard? AFMA is hosting a one-day summit on Friday, April 9th, from 8 AM to 5 PM! We’ve worked hard to bring you a fun day of learning and networking, with a group of rockstar speakers for you to hear from. Join us for yoga in the morning and stay for a full day of strengthening our local foods system! We’ll be hosting our annual meeting during the summit, so it’s the perfect time for you to meet the board members of your Alaska Farmers Market Association and hear all about the work we do to support you.

Find more information, session descriptions, and register (free, but mandatory) here

After a year-long pandemic, many Alaskans are struggling to put healthy food on the table.  If you are a farmer who sells at a farmstand or farmers market, please consider participating in one or both of these programs that help bridge the gap between community members in need and your fresh produce.  Now's the time to sign up, before the season gets any busier!

ENROLL NOW TO ACCEPT FARMERS MARKET COUPONS – The State of Alaska Farmers Market Nutrition Program is accepting applications from farmers, farm stands and farmers’ markets.  The program issues farmers market coupons ($30/person) to income-qualified seniors and mothers with young children.  Applications must be submitted by May 15.  Details here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/nutri/fmnp/default.aspx  

ENROLL NOW TO ACCEPT SNAP/EBT CARDS -- MarketLink's grant program covers a wireless card reader, technical support and fees for 1 year so farmers can accept electronic benefits as payment at the farm, farm stand or farmers market.  The grant covers the cost of a 1-year license to use TotilPay Go, a smart phone application that allows you to process EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards (e.g. SNAP/Alaska Quest), as well as credit and debit card payments in one application, using the credit card processing company of your choice.  For instance, if you already use Square for credit card payments at the market, you have the option to link your Square account to TotilPay Go.  This introductory video had easy-to-follow instructions

WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING HERE

Alaska Food Code allows the sale of non-potentially hazardous foods sold directly to the consumer without a permit as long as certain conditions are met.

Presenters from the Alaska DEC and MUNI of Anchorage Food Safety and Sanitation programs will provide an overview of cottage food regulations and requirements and answer questions.

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Alaska Farmers Market Association is a Local Foods Program
of parent organization COOK INLETKEEPER.

Our mailing address is:
3734 Ben Walters Ln, Homer, AK 99603

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