Resource Library

Welcome to the Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library, an ever-growing database of resources for farmers, market managers and researchers. These resources were developed by a wide spectrum of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions, and we are grateful for the spirit of sharing which allows us to bring a variety of tools to your table in one searchable portal. We hope you find them useful and consider submitting resources of your own for the benefit of the farmers market community.

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Guide to Accepting Federal Nutrition Benefits in Maryland

SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

Updated with the latest information on technology, the Maryland Farmers Market Association’s guide is a definitive resource on how to increase customers at your market through acceptance of the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), Fruit & Vegetable Checks (FVC), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Maryland.

Published March 21, 2015 Publisher Website Link to Resource Publication

2013 National Farmers Market Week Talking Points

Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events

FMC’s 2013 Talking Points document outlines the many benefits that farmers markets bring to communities. The benefits are supported by quotes, anecdotes and facts from markets around the country.

Published March 04, 2015 Publisher Website Link to Resource Promotional Material

Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress

Surveys, Evaluation, and Research

by Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Stephen Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen Vogel, and Becca B.R. Jablonski

Administrative Publication No. (AP-068) 89 pp, January 2015

Cover image for ERS report "Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress" (AP-068) This USDA report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems.

You can download the pdf here (or through the link below), or access it and more info on the USDA website:

Published February 02, 2015 Publisher Website Link to Resource Research Reports