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Celebrating National Farmers' Market Week at Green Drinks!

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

We hosted Green Drinks at Fibonacci Brewing to spotlight National Farmers' Market Week and the Farm Bill.

The Food Policy Council logo that says Community Voices

Green Umbrella hosts its Green Drinks happy hour once a month at venues throughout the Greater Cincinnati area as an opportunity for sustainability-minded folks to network in a less formal environment.


August's Green Drinks aligned with National Farmers' Market Week, a week that celebrates the impact and importance of farmers markets as regional direct-to-consumer sales hubs that support small- and medium-sized farmers. Another happy coincidence was that Fibonacci Brewing hosts its own farmers market on the first Sunday of each month throughout the growing season!

a group of people sit and stand in an outdoor beer garden
Sustainability-minded folks meet monthly for networking at Green Drinks—this time at Fibonacci for National Farmers' Market Week!

Why not combine the celebrations?! That was exactly what we did, so we could strengthen networks and amplify the stories within our regional food system.


Fibonacci Brewing and Its History

Fibonacci Brewing is a nanobrewery and urban farm in the middle of Mt. Healthy, OH. The brewery is majority woman-owned and chooses to source most ingredients for its beer locally. The onsite farm includes goats, chickens, and honeybees.

A goat and chicken sitting at the Fibonacci Brewing Farm
The goats and chickens at Fibonacci Brewing

Part of Fibonacci's mission is to "value equity and inclusion within our business and community, and we intentionally welcome all" and to do its part in addressing the food insecurity that Mt. Healthy residents face. This includes hosting a monthly farmers' market from May through November on the first Sunday of each month from 12 pm to 3 pm at the brewery. The farmers' market accepts SNAP and Produce Perks from eligible customers. Fibonacci Brewing also hosts additional events, which you can check out on their calendar!


Farmers and Food System Experts at Green Drinks

To celebrate National Farmers' Market Week with us, we invited a panel of local food systems experts for an informal conversation in the beer garden. Our four speakers were:

photo of a group in an outdoor beer garden, turned to listen to a woman in a green shirt and sunglasses
Betty Bollas from Fibonacci speaks to the attendees

Each of them discussed how farmers' markets are critical to their work and to our regional food system. What a great spotlight for National Farmers' Market Week!


National Farmers' Market Week and the Farm Bill

Our speakers and our Backbone Support team member, Amanda, connected the value of farmers' markets to the advocacy opportunities we have right now for the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill will be reauthorized later in 2023 or early 2024.


One key infrastructural need that we can support in the upcoming Farm Bill is funding and other resources for farmers' markets and other direct-to-consumer sales hubs. These sales hubs help us meet needs across our regional food system by supporting smaller farming operations and connecting producers and other vendors to low-income consumers, who need access to fresh, regional fruits and veggies.

Jim, a farmer from Running Creek Farm, standing up outside to speak to the group.
Jim Lowenburg from Running Creek Farm

With the Farm Bill under negotiation, this year's National Farmers' Market Week was an important opportunity to advocate for an equitable Farm Bill that supports farmers and consumers alike. And we did it while enjoying the company of friends, colleagues, and food systems experts in the beer garden—who said policy has to be dry?


Thanks to our guest speakers and our hosts at Fibonacci!

 

🍻 If you would like to join us in working on food policy efforts, check out our Get Involved page. You can also join us for a future Green Drinks—watch the Green Umbrella calendar for details!

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