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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Between 2010 and 2013, Washington State University collected data and provided education at 15 pilot markets participating in a Wireless Technology Project. The project was funded by a Specialty Crop Block grant through the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The team worked with a CPA (Sheri Muntean CPA PhD) to create a training manual and a series of templates for recording and tracking EBT, Debit, Credit, and Incentives at the market level. This includes a Farmers Market Vendor Token Return Form and a Token Accounting Spreadsheet Template.
These videos are directly from the curriculum taught in the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance Project’s in-person workshop training on applying for Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants.
University of Minnesota Extension and the University of Minnesota Morris’ Center for Small Towns collected price data for nine popular vegetables at seven farmers markets in West Central Minnesota, as well as six mainline grocery stores and two natural food stores during peak growing season in July and August of 2014.
The market basket consisted of one pound each of nine vegetables. The average farmers market price for cucumbers, green peppers, onions, string beans, summer squash and sweet corn was less than the average grocery store price per pound, although only the difference between summer squash and zucchini were statistically significant.
The average grocery store price was less than the average farmers market price for cabbage and tomatoes, with cabbage having the highest difference.