Technical Assistance Services

With a mission to strengthen farmers markets, FMC’s technical assistance services seek to foster leaders, encourage research, and facilitate the sharing of resources within the farmers market movement.

Farmers Market Coalition Technical Assistance (TA) Program is a fee based consulting service for farmers markets, their partners, and organizations seeking to understand and support them. Up-to-date FMC member organizations are eligible for one hour of free technical assistance. Our network of advisors and assistance providers, drawn from the field of market organizers, professional consultants, and academic leaders, work at three scales:

  • Offering direct assistance to market managers and vendors as they work to make their markets sustainable institutions within their communities
  • Partnering with organizations to perform evaluations and analysis on local, regional and national farmers market impacts
  • Communicating research and promising practices through presentations and workshops at conferences across the country

By interacting at all levels of farmers market execution, the FMC Technical Assistance Program strengthens local markets, ensuring that their values, successes, and challenges are documented, analyzed, and communicated, and understood by the spectrum of local, state and national stakeholders.

 We offer technical assistance in three ways:

Workshops and Presentations

As the national collective voice of farmers markets across America, FMC has access to success stories, data, and analysis from all 50 states. We tailor presentations, trainings and workshops for organizations seeking to leverage the impacts of farmers markets to build community health and wealth. Learn more…

Research & Evaluation

The number of farmers markets has grown so rapidly that training and professional development, data collection tools, and research methods have not been able to keep pace. FMC uses our network of experienced market professionals and academic resources to plan and implement evaluation, research, and reports that document farmers market impacts at the local, regional, and national levels. Learn more…

One-on-One Problem Solving

FMC works at the grassroots, connecting market managers with peers who have successfully worked through issues including incorporation, governance, electronic currency systems, fundraising, and food safety. Learn more…

Farmers markets are not easy.  We’re here to help.