Market Manager Frequently Asked Questions Coming Soon
Posted On: July 13, 2010
- “Should we charge vendors a single base fee or a percentage-of-sales fee?”
- “ What types of insurance does our market organization need?”
- “ What rules should apply to artisan vendors?”
These are just a few of the questions that FMC, and our member state associations, get every month from both new and existing markets. A better question might be, “Where can I refer people to find answers to these questions!?” Starting next month, the farmers market community might have some answers to these and other questions.
In a far-reaching partnership, the Farmers Market Coalition has been working with the Wallace Center for Sustainable Agriculture to develop a set of Frequently Asked Questions for Farmers Market Managers, to be housed on the FMC web site with linkages to entries in the Farmers Market Resource Library. These FAQs, grouped into seven categories, ranging from ‘Getting Started’ to ‘SNAP and Nutrition Programs’ are being developed with the help of FMC member and listserv subscriber input, the FMC Education Committee, Wallace Center Intern Kathleen Stewart, and former FMC Intern Sarah Johnson.
Alongside these FAQs, which will be launched at the beginning of August, will be a set of video interviews with farmers market staff around the country. These videos, which will showcase best practices from leading market organizations, will be housed on an FMC YouTube Channel along with past webinars and favorite videos of markets around the country. The videos feature interviews with:
Chris Curtis, Director of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
Bernie Prince and Ann Yonkers, Co-Directors; Sarah Mosbacher, Markets and Program Manager
Michael Hurwitz, Director; and Liz Carollo, Publicity Coordinator
New York, New York
David Rand, Farm Forager; Lyle Allen, Executive Director; and Mark Psilos, Market Manager
Green City Market
Emery Van Hook, Director of Markets
Crescent City Farmers Market
New Orleans, Louisiana
Video credits also go to Darlene Wolnik of marketumbrella.org and Pat Lute of FRESHFARM Markets, who donated considerable time to coordinate the on-site interviews in Washington, DC and New Orleans. During National Farmers Market Week, the FMC web site visitors will be able to read, watch, and provide feedback on this dynamic new educational resource. In the meantime, submissions to the resource library can be made at www.farmersmarketcoalition.org/resources/submit.