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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Organizational Details: Governance

Boards, Mission, and Governance

Market Umbrella describes the primary responsibilities of market governance as balancing supply and demand by making sure the needs of vendors, shoppers, and the community are given equal consideration.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Topical guides

When Things Don’t Work: Some Insights into Why Farmers Markets Close

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

This study looks at 53 farmers markets in Oregon and describes the dynamics of farmers’ market start-ups, closures, and manager turnover focusing on administrative revenue and labor. It examines the data of farmers’ markets that have closed and offers recommendations to enhance market success.

By: Garry Stephenson, Larry Lev, & Linda Brewer Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

A Learning Approach to Strengthening Farmers Markets

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

Oregon State University Extension Service discusses their methods for gathering information about farmers markets to improve markets and provide managers and board members with the opportunity to critically examine each others’ markets to share information and insight.

By: Larry Lev and Garry Stephenson Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource