Who We Are:
1993 - Founder Chris Curtis and community volunteers organize the
University District Farmers Market, prioritizing farmers and food.
1994 - 1997 - The U District Farmers Market grows and Chris Curtis advocates to community groups and governmental agencies to increase direct-market sales opportunities for local farms (eggs, dairy, meats, fish), SNAP/EBT (then called Food Stamps) are accepted at the market.
1998 - Led by Karen Kinney and volunteers, in consultation with Chris Curtis, the Columbia City Farmers Market opens.
1999 - Chris Curtis opens the West Seattle Farmers Market.
2000 - Chris Curtis and Karen Kinney join forces and appeal to the city for support to start a non-profit Farmers Market organization, the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA).
2001 - NFMA gains federal recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is encouraged by the City of Seattle to replicate their farm-focused market model throughout Seattle.
2002 - NFMA opens the Lake City Farmers Market
2003 - NFMA opens the Magnolia Farmers Market
2005 - NFMA opens the Broadway (now Capitol Hill) Farmers Market
2005 - with help from Chef Tamara Murphy, An Incredible Feast fundraiser is launched and the Good Farmer Fund is started.
2007 - NFMA opens the Phinney Farmers Market
2007 - U District Farmers Market goes year round
2008 - West Seattle Farmers Market goes year round
2009 - The NFM begins distributing incentive dollars for SNAP/EBT users
2012 - The NFM creates the Fresh Bucks Program incentive program for SNAP/EBT users, which becomes the model for a city-wide program the next year.
2013 - U District Farmers Market celebrates its 20 year anniversary and moves to its new home on the Ave.
2014 - Capitol Hill Farmers Market goes year round.
2015 - West Seattle Farmers Market moves to California Ave.
2015 - The Good Farmer Fund surpasses $100,000 in grants.
2017 - The Fresh Bucks program becomes an unlimited match for shoppers using SNAP benefits; funding secured long term through advocacy to include it in the Sugary Drinks tax.