Your sweetheart deserves authentic gifts. The Mobile Farmers Market has traveled far and wide to bring you the best hand made gifts through the Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Road Trip. Earrings are priced $20-$30 and come from freshly made maple candies from Minnesota’s north woods. Learn more by clicking on the image or following this link: https://squareup.com/market/mobile-farmers-market/valentines-special
Category Archives: Announcement
We are excited to announce new Native Market & Gallery weekend hours, Saturday’s from 11 to 4pm!
Come visit us and check out some of our new products from Sakari Botanicals, a Native American female owned business out of Bend, Oregon. All herbs are wild crafted and/or organically grown at their nursery. Pick up some bath salts, healing salves, lip balms or infused medicinal oils for yourself or as a gift.
The Native Market and Gallery, a fixed store location at 1732 Fordem Avenue in Madison, WI, is open from 4:00-7:00pm every Wednesday, as well as when staff are present. We’re working on expanding regular hours in the near future. In addition to the Indigenous foods inventory, the store carries an expanding assortment of Native jewelry and art, and is also home to the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s regional office that provides technical assistance to American Indian agricultural producers.
Check the schedule page for upcoming market and special events. We’ve got a food booth again at this year’s Taste of Madison (still looking for additional volunteers) on Labor Day weekend, and will be at farmers markets throughout the summer. The van won’t be on the road as much as previous years due to staffing constraints, but check back for more info on a possible tour later this summer.
We are also excited to announce our new regional TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) shares ($25 and $50/month options) and TSA ordering website where you can now place orders online. We are recruiting pick-up sites across the region where we’ll ship combined orders on a monthly basis to reduce shipping costs. TSA customers will have access to unique, limited-quantity items like Jijak’s Maple Vinegar.
The Mobile Seed Library is a new effort intended to make high quality seeds more available throughout the Great Lakes region. We will be distributing seeds through the mobile farmers market, at special events, and in partnership with community distribution sites. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a community distribution site.
We are still accepting orders for holiday gift boxes featuring Native foods until Friday, December 18th for delivery before Christmas. Pick-up (Madison, WI) or expedited shipping orders will have a couple more days.
This year’s basic gift box features a half pound of Spirit Lake Native Products wild rice, a bottle of wild berry or maple syrup, and a jar of wild berry jam from Red Lake Nation Foods. The total cost is only $25, plus shipping.
Click on the PDF file link at the bottom of this post to enter your order in a fillable form.
Despite several great events earlier in the year, the summer of 2015 has been a bit of a slow year for the Mobile Farmers Market due to staffing shortages and unforeseen obstacles. However, we just hired two new staff members, Paul DeMain and Kristin Klingman, and are gearing up for a great fall that will include the Taste of Madison and numerous events in Native communities across the Great Lakes Region and possibly beyond.
We are also excited to announce a new approach to expanding traditional food access. The TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) project will be launching this fall in select communities. Once per month, we will ship orders to pick-up sites in each participating communities. More information will be available shortly.
Another effort is working to support Wisconsin wild ricers by providing new market opportunities, especially in areas where such opportunities are currently lacking. We will be purchasing green and finished wild rice from Tribal harvesters. While this specific project is focused on Wisconsin, we’ll still be working with harvesters and finishers in Minnesota and Michigan as well. Contact Paul Demain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
There’s lots of other activities underway as well, so check back to learn more in the near future.
The growing season has been off to an extremely slow start in the Great Lakes Region due to lingering effects from the harsh winter and a wet spring/early summer. However, we’ve still had great market events with many more to come. Here’s some pics from this summer’s events, and check out our schedule page for more information on upcoming events.
There are quite a few funding opportunities currently open. They are also posted on iacgreatlakes.com.
- First Nations Elder Grant (March 14th deadline): FNDI expects to make between four and five awards at a maximum amount of $25,000 for projects addressing elderly nutrition. More information and the online application are available at http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2014nafsi.
- First Nations Youth Grant (March 20th deadline): Another First Nations Development Institute grant opportunity is available with their Youth and Culture Fund for projects aimed at addressing a variety of social issues. Approximately 20 grants ranging between $5,000 and $20,000 will be awarded.
- Wallace Center Food Hub Grant (March 30th deadline): The Wallace Center is accepting applications promoting food hubs. Between 15 to 30 applications ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 are expected to be funded.
- USDA Community Food Project (March 31st deadline: USDA’s NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) is accepting applications for 1) Community Food Projects and 2) Planning Projects to assess food security needs and correlating long-term solutions. Technical Assistance support grants may also be awarded. The maximum awards are $300,000 for CFP and $25,000 for Planning Projects.
- ANA Grant (April 15th deadline): The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services is currently accepting applications in five different areas. Food and agriculture projects probably best fit under the economic development related areas. Applications, which are due April 15th, may be up to $500,000 and can last multiple years. Here is a list of past grant awards.
- USDA Farm to School (April 30 deadline): USDA has announced the availability of farm to school grants. There are three types of grants 1) planning, 2) implementation, and 3) support service.
- BIA Climate Change Adaptation Grants (April 30 deadline): The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for projects aimed at addressing climate change impacts. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.
The Mobile Farmers Market van is working to build awareness of unique Tribal food products through a “Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip” from January through March. In addition to selling and featuring various items, are looking to purchase products along the way, so please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in having your products featured as part of this effort.
We are also using this trip as an outreach opportunity to spread awareness of USDA and other assistance programs, as well as providing technical support. We’ll also be telling the story of Tribal producers and Native communities along the way, so please check back to learn more.