Key Family Vegetables featured on national farm agency page

Earlier this month, a leader in Mississippi Delta Council’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program (BRFDP) and U.S. Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, was featured in #fridaysonthefarm, an online learning project of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Andrew Key owns and farms four acres and is building the business, Key Family Vegetables in Crenshaw, MS. NRCS and the[…]

School District Signs On as Customer for Our Farmers

Big news for us and our program of aggregated produce sales: Quitman County School District contracted with us to order 300 pounds of mustard and turnip greens from MDCFWOI’s Beginning Farmers. That’s a lot of healthy eating in schools in our area of the Mississippi Delta. School cafeterias in this part of the country still cook,[…]

Delta Farming Start: A Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program

This week, our staff participated in the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) Project Directors Meeting, hosted by USDA and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). We had a chance to present a few highlights from year one of our BFRDP project, Delta Farming Start. In this three-year project, we provide basic business training (including a[…]

2016 Market Season — Open Fridays and Saturdays

We’ve been open since May 27, 2016. Come by for fresh Mississippi Delta grown produce. New this year: Persons sixty years of age and older in Clarksdale, Mississippi will be provided free transportation to Crossroads Farmers Market each Friday. For more information, contact our partners D.A.R.T.S. (Delta Area Rural Transit System), a component of Aaron Henry[…]

Announcing the release of our 2015 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce our 2015 annual report. The last financial year has been another period of growth and achievement. We continue to improve evaluation of our existing projects to understand what truly works best for our low-income customers, farmers and vendors, and we are working to expand programs and deepen connections within the community. A message[…]

Clarksdale Area Flooding – March 2016

During March 10th through 13th, one of the worst natural disasters hit the Clarksdale area. Flooding has displaced over 150 families. Numerous families are still in need of a hotel room. Please help us to obtain additional hotel rooms by making your checks payable to: Mississippi Delta Council 1005 North Street Clarksdale, MS 38614 For:[…]

Delta FarmStart Participants Get Ready for the 2016 Season

In this post, we’re sharing a few more snapshots of some of the things happening in February, as participants in Mississippi Delta Council’s Delta FarmStart farmworker microenterprise program gets going in 2016. The program, which is funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program (BFRDP) helps farmworkers and individuals new to[…]

Business Plan Workshop for Beginning Farmers

  Our two-day workshop, February 11-12, 2016, on basic business planning focused on break-even analysis to determine how long it will take for a new farming or ranching business to start making money. We worked together to answer these questions for each participant: Is there a business in this business? and What $500 investment in the business will[…]

Youth Produce Growers Training Program

Mississippi Delta Council Executive Director Don Green met with youth produce growers Jan 16 at our warehouse and training facility, 1536 Desoto Avenue, Clarksdale. Exciting new program of entrepreneurship, farming way of life, youth responsibility and leadership. Working with local high schools, community financial institutions, business and farming mentors. For more info, contact Samuel McCray[…]

December 2015 Tornados Destroys Home of Local Leader

The home of one of our community’s key leaders at Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworker Opportunities, Inc. was completely destroyed by the tornado that touched down near Marks just days before Christmas. Sam McCray is known by many in the Delta as the retired field office staffer for Congressman Bennie Thompson working mostly in Coahoma,[…]

Recruiting Small Farm Produce Growers in the Delta

Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworker Opportunities, Inc.’s Beginner Farmer and Rancher Program, funded by USDA Rural Development is starting up again! With our community partner organizations, we are recruiting and training a minimum of sixty produce growers to address the demand for fresh and “value added” fruits and vegetables. Interested in joining our other growers[…]

Fresh Savings Means Double Spending with SNAP

Our new partnership with AARP Foundation means that SNAP customers can double their spending up to $10 on fresh produce at with our market vendors. Spend up to $10 with your SNAP card and get the same amount in Fresh Savings tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh Savings accepted at Crossroads Farmers[…]

Quitman County Mules & Blues Fest – Oct. 2-3, 2015

Join us and so many of our friends, farmer workers, and community colleagues in historic Marks, MS.  Quitman County Mules & Blues Fest – Oct. 2-3, 2015 The talent line up is not kidding around and includes Kingston Fisher, Super Chikan, and Denise LaSalle. They are organizing a 5K walk/run to benefit veterans – fitness[…]

Tourism and Local Farm Production Together

Another exciting project in our area that opened in June this year is the Delta Muletrain Regional Market in Marks, MS.  Some of our producers, partners, and colleagues are involved in the project, which includes a museum, food court, art, mules, and history. Video from Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows what’s happening. Marks, MS is where a people’s caravan[…]

Clifton Lockett’s Garden

  Clifton Lockett is a leading producer for the MDCFWOI program and his gardens have been a demonstration site for our partners to see the practice and potential of what we are working to develop here in the Mississippi Delta. Robbie Pollard owner of Happy Food Mobile Market; Clifton Lockett, MDCFWOI/Crossroad Farmers Market participant & Owner of[…]

Two Delta Farm Markets Offer Bonus Delta Produce to SNAP Customers

Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworkers’s Crossroad Farmers Market partnered with AARP and USDA to encourage and assist our vendors while encouraging customers to use EBT/SNAP.  Customers who are SNAP recipients who make purchases of ten dollars will receive an additional ten dollars worth of produce at no out-of-pocket cost—their ten dollars can be doubled in fresh Mississippi Delta-grown produce. The[…]

Our Story So Far

The Crossroads Farmers Market arose as a project of the Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWOI), a job training and placement agency, because of needs in our community for farmworkers to increase earnings and for low-income consumers to have easier access to quality, local fresh food. The Farmers Market Promotion Program of[…]

Book Talk and Community Conversation

Civil Rights, Then and Now Dr. Hilliard Lawrence Lackey, III and Howard L. Feinstein Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Noon Madison Shannon Palmer High School Library 1315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Marks, MS This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Join us to discuss civil rights then and now, with Dr. Lackey,[…]

New for Our Summer 2014 Season

Anticipated Opening Weekend for MDC Crossroads Farmers Market 2014: Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 Meet our farmers. Purchase fresh, local Mississippi Delta produce. • MDC Crossroads Farmers Market will be able to accept SNAP, debit, and credit card payments (EBT), making POS payment capacity available to all MDC Crossroads Market Vendors. A number of our[…]

News Notes

• In February, MDCFWOI helped approximately 10 producers apply and become approved for NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Insurance), Federal insurance managed by the USDA Farm Services Agency system that covers vegetable and other crops for limited-resource farmers. • MDCFWOI is helping qualifying farmers in our network, including those producing on “backyard farms,” to obtain hoop[…]

Delta School District Food Service Visit Produce

  Area school food service directors tour produce processing facility in Marks, MS. Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc., with Alcorn State University and Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative/Women in Agriculture hosted a tour of the vegetable processing plant in Marks, MS for area public school district food service directors. Our growers will have[…]

Cold Storage Installed for Small Farm Growers in the Delta

Installing industrial-sized cold storage in the warehouse, on the site of our farmers market in Clarksdale—soon to be filled with Mississippi Delta Grown produce grown by our independent small-farm growers.  If you are a farmworker growing vegetables on a small farm or plot in the Mississippi Delta and may be interested in participating in projects[…]

Mississippi Delta Council and Alcorn State Building Local Market for Fresh Farm Food

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities Inc and Alcorn State University will work together to market fresh and frozen vegetables to consumers in the Mississippi Delta. MDCFWOI will provide two refrigerated trucks to transport vegetables to the processing plant and from the plant to local schools. Also, MDCFWOI has a commercial freezer that will[…]

Farmers Markets as Community Centerpieces

Re-posted from the USDA Blog Farmers markets have become a critical ingredient to our nation’s economy, food systems, and communities. Connecting rural to urban, farmer to consumer, and fresh ingredients to our diets, farmers markets are becoming economic and community centerpieces in cities and towns across the U.S. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity[…]

Crossroads Farmers Market featured in the Press Register

The following article By JESSE Wright appeared in the Press Register on Thursday, August 22, 2013: New endeavor has already received grant from US Dept. of Agriculture Tuesday afternoon a handful of farmers from the Delta spread their vegetables out under a tarp on Highway 49. The Crossroads Farmer’s Market was open for business. The[…]

Mississippi Delta’s Grown Watermelons

Today, we partnered with Alcorn State University’ Extension Program providing Mississippi Delta’s grown watermelons on the lunch menu of the three schools (Quitman County Elementary, Quitman Middle and Madison Shannon Palmer High) in Quitman County School District. Over 1,500 students, teachers and staff! We received coverage in the Quitman County Democrat. Mr. French Miller, Food[…]