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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Growing Local Food Systems: A case study series on the role of local governments

Public Policies

Local governments play a key role in promoting and support local food systems. In 2012, Michigan State University’s (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City/ County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Sustainable Communities collaborated to understand more about the ways that local governments across America are supporting local food systems. Building off that survey research, the organizations identified four communities to feature as part of a series of case studies exploring how and why they engage in food systems development.

Published May 15, 2017 Link to Resource State & Local Policy

Kentucky Farmers’ Market Manual and Resource Guide

Market Start-up and Development

The Kentucky Farmers’ Market Manual is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for Kentucky farmers’ market managers and vendors. A partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the manual contains valuable guidelines and recommendations on Good Agricultural Practices, establishing market rules, displays, marketing, organic certification, and every other aspect of operating a successful farmers’ market.

Published May 12, 2017 Link to Resource Publication

The Art and Science of Farmers’ Market Display

Management and Operations

Having a great products is important but only if you can successfully attract customers to ‘try and buy’. This tutorial goes over some basic tips for arranging your space, display strategies that work and a few other tips that will let customers know you are open for business.


Published May 09, 2017 Topical guides