Meet our Board Members: Danielle San Filippo
Danielle San Filippo is on our General Board, representing the Metro region. She is on staff at Community Farmers Market (CFM) as the Director of Operations. It is through her love of local, fresh, healthy food that she became involved in the market community. Community Farmers Market includes six different Farmers Markets around the city of Atlanta, in all sorts of locations!
Why did you join GFMA?
I joined GFMA because I believe that all people should have access to healthy, nutritious food that also nourishes our environment and economy. Farmers markets make this happen! Strong, sustainable farmers markets offer good food in community-oriented spaces while keeping the money in the neighborhoods the markets serve.
Why do you think others should join GFMA?
Collective knowledge building is a powerful tool for affecting positive change in your community. By joining GFMA you can help inform decisions made for and about farmers, farmers markets, and food access. The more people and organizations who join GFMA the better we can serve the Georgia farmers market community.
As a board member, how do you support the work of GFMA?
I want to do anything GFMA needs me to do. At my own markets we will be promoting GFMA's mission and programming opportunities throughout the season. I am encouraging farmers, customers, coworkers, and friends to join GFMA and to share their hopes and dreams for farmers markets in the state of Georgia.
What is the name of your market, and where is it located?
Community Farmers Markets, in both Atlanta and Decatur, GA
When is it open?
Ponce City Farmers Market, 4pm-8pm, May 3 - December 20
Decatur Wednesday Farmers Market, 4pm-7pm, March 30 - December 21
East Atlanta Farmers Market, 4pm-8pm, March 31 - December 22
Decatur Saturday Farmers Market, 9am-1pm, April 2 - December 17
Grant Park Farmers Market, 9:30am-1:30pm, April 3 - December 18
Westside Farmers Market, 10am-2pm, April 10 - December 18
What does your market sell?
Locally grown produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, bread, pastries, chocolate and other sweets, coffee, juice, honey, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, mustards, vinegars, grains, crackers, kombucha, oils, soaps, body products, jewelry, handmade artisan goods, cleaning products, pet food, and more!
How many vendors does your market have?
Community Farmers Markets will host 131 vendors between our 6 farmers markets in 2016.
What GFMA benefit are you most excited about implementing at your market?
Tater Tats. They are so cute y'all!
What do you think are the greatest needs in your community that your market helps to address?
Food access is the greatest area of need in Metro-Atlanta. By offering the "Double Your SNAP Dollars" program at our markets and conducting extensive community outreach in the areas people live, work, and play. Community Farmers Markets works to overcome barriers for food access in the neighborhoods our markets operate.
What’s the most exciting progress you saw in 2015?
Many struggling farmers markets found their footing in 2015 and are now set up for long-term sustainability. So many more restaurants began sourcing locally in 2015 as well, which is very exciting.
What do you hope to see happen in 2016?
I want to see more professional development opportunities for small-scale farmers and small business owners in 2016. Sustainable small businesses and strong, established, organic farms are the way to ensure a successful, healthy future.
What advice would you give to new farmers who want to sell at markets?
Get to know your fellow (non-farmer) vendors. These are the people who want to be using your produce in their product. Any opportunity for collaboration and cross-promotion is another opportunity to sell your produce. Also, diversify!
What advice would you give to groups wanting to start a market?
Do a lot of research- there are more financial costs behind starting a market than most people realize. The most important research you can do is to hit the pavement and speak with the people who live and work in the community to discover what their hopes and dreams are for a farmers market in their neighborhood. The most successful farmers markets are those that are 100% rooted in all aspects of their community.
Do you have a family recipe to share?
My favorite summer recipe is sliced tomatoes, sliced peaches, chopped basil, local burrata cheese, with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic reduction. Balsamic reduction is just a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar with 1 tablespoon of fatty oil (butter, olive oil, etc.) cooked over medium-low heat in a saucepan until the amount of vinegar is reduced by half. This is such an easy, delicious, refreshing recipe for summer that also highlights many of Georgia's best produce.
Learn more about Danielle and the Community Farmers Markets at www.cfmatl.org