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2022 Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting

The Annual Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting is scheduled for February 3rd from 10am-2:30pm. The location for this free gathering is at the Arkansas State Extension Office at 2301 S. University Avenue in Little Rock.  All Market Managers, vendors, and interested parties are invited.  We will provide lunch.  

Attendees will hear from policy experts on an array of topics effecting farmers markets including the Food Freedom Act, COVID-19, SNAP benefits and more.  We've also scheduled plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas with those experts and your peers.  We believe there is strength in numbers, so why not lend your support and share your experiences by attending our annual meeting.  You do not have to be a member to attend, but we do ask that you register in advance.  Hope to see you there. 



"Growing Healthy Communities Weekly" Podcast

Evaluating Your Initiative

This episode contains parts 3 and 4 of the topic "Evaluating you Initiative".  Host Nancy Welch-Young discusses providing feedback to better understand the impact of your work on those involved and in the community. 


We begin a new topic in this edition of the podcast.  After putting our plans into action it's time to take stock of all the hard work.  "Evaluating Your Initiative" properly is a critical component of making community projects sustainable.  Host Nancy Welsh-Young includes the 5 key questions you need to ask.


To watch previous episodes please visit our "Growing Healthy Communities Weekly" page.


Our Latest Healthy Recipe


Fair Food Network Visits Arkansas

Policy Director Mark Nicholson and Director of National Partnerships Noah Fulmer of the Fair Food Network visited Arkansas in early October to see how Double Up Food Bucks is working to better outcomes across the state. Here we learn a little bit more about how ArCOP and the Fair Food Network work together to make DUFBs so effective.


Arkansas Walking College

Here's a fabulous new opportunity!  We're empowering community-minded individuals to make a healthy difference in their hometowns. America Walks, the Arkansas Dept. of Health, and the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) are looking for walkable community advocates who are interested in honing their skills and developing a statewide network of peers and mentors.  If you are working to increase walking and improve pedestrian safety in your community, consider applying for a Fellowship with the Arkansas State Walking College. Check out our Arkansas Walking College page. 


What is SNAP?

Everyday SNAP customers in Arkansas are using Double Up Food Bucks to eat healthier and save money. Yet many people still don't understand what SNAP is and how it started. Here's our DUFBs Program Manager Jeremy Adams with a quick history lesson...


Here's an informative video that answers many questions we all have about meal preparation and food storage.  Health Education Coordinator Ashleigh Story shares information that leads to less wasted time in the kitchen and less wasted food in the refrigerator.  Make sure you check out the printable documents located in the buttons below the video to keep as a kitchen resource.


CATCH Health at Home: Be a CATCH MVP!

This video is part of our CATCH Health at Home materials.  We discuss immune systems and what we can do to keep them strong.  Being a CATCH MVP means (M)oving more, (V)aluing healthy eating, and (P)racticing healthy behaviors.  This video focuses on healthy behaviors.  For additional materials mentioned in the video and other ideas to help promote a healthy lifestyle visit our Health Education page.


"Market Talk" Vilonia Farmers Market

Glenn Williams is the Market Manager at the Vilonia Farmers Market.  He is also a vendor selling his Magness Creek Farm produce (his farm is also a vendor at the Cabot Farmers Market.  In this edition of "Market Talk" he tells us about their small, but growing venue.  Plus, he has great insight into the new Food Freedom Act that may produce more revenue streams for farmers.

To check out more from our "Market Talk" series visit our AFMA News Page


"Market Talk" Downtown Newport Farmers Market

We went to Jackson County to see how the folks at the Downtown Newport Farmers Market were doing this year.  The answer... just fine.  The Saturday morning of our visit was HOT.  Heat advisories kept a few vendors and shoppers home, but the vegetables available were absolutely perfect.  In this "Market Talk" we get a little history and hear how they promote their venue.


Understanding Nutrition Label Facts

Shopping and eating healthier begins with understanding food nutrition labels. Lets get label literate with our Health Education Coordinator Ashleigh Story. This video breaks down the fine print so you can finely know what's in the food you are eating!


My Plate

"My Plate" is an informative video educating all of us on how we should think about planning and preparing meals.  The emphasis is on what you put on your plate.  What's the ideal combination of foods and portions?  Watch, learn and start eating healthier.


2021 Arkansas Farmers Association Meeting

 

Since the busiest time of the year for markets and growers is already upon us, we decided to make changes to our already delayed Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting. Instead of asking everyone to set aside a big chunk of their day to meet virtually, we are going to make it as easy as possible for members to get the information we planned to provide at the virtual gathering.  

We are posting the meeting presentations here on our website so members can view them at their convenience (all materials are also pasted to our Facebook page).  We encourage your feedback. Please email any comments or suggestions to the addresses provided with the presentation. We will follow up promptly. We know this isn't ideal. We'd much prefer to meet in person, but after weather postponements and listening to input from our members and partners, this seems like the best solution. We look forward to seeing all of our members and friends in-person early 2022.  

To view any of the materials provided please visit our 2021 AFMA Meeting page. 


Welcome Presentation from Katrina Betancourt

Katrina Betancourt is President of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, the parent organization of the Arkansas Farmers Market Association.  She provides an overview of the AFMA and previews what's ahead for the week. Again, we encourage you to ask questions and provide feedback.  Please feel free to email any of our staff members mentioned in the video.  We look forward to hearing from you.  

Email Katrina Betancourt  President ArCOP and AFMA

Email Ashleigh Story   Health Education Coordinator

Email Jeremy Adams  Double Up Food Bucks Program Manager

Email Steve Powell   Outreach Coordinator

"Farmers Market 101"

Jeremy Adams heads up our Double of Food Bucks program and spearheads our Farmers Market initiative. In this video from our 2021 AFMA Meeting he discusses "Farmers Market Business 101".  What you can expect as a manager, vendor, and consumer if you're new to farmers markets.

Healthy Resources

This presentation is from the Arkansas Coalition of Obesity Prevention's Health Education Coordinator Ashleigh Story.  ArCOP's mission is greatly enhanced by our stewardship of the AFMA. Our Markets and Growers are producing and selling the foods that make people healthier. Ashleigh discusses the resources that are available through the ArCOP website.  These include nutrition education and a growing Healthy Recipe page that emphasizes the fruits and vegetables found at Arkansas Farmers Markets.

 

Double Up Food Bucks

Here's a another presentation from Jeremy Adams.  He is our Double Up Food Bucks Program Manager. In this video he covers everything you need to know about this hugely successful program.  Despite the limitations of the pandemic last year DUFBs continued to break records for participation.  Jeremy discusses how it works, who participates, and how you can be involved.


 

To see other smart food ideas visit our Healthy Recipes page.


2021 Meeting of the Members

Our Annual Meeting of the Members was held on Monday, January 25th.  Due to COVID-19 the meeting was held via Zoom.  Click the button to watch the meeting.