Resource Library

Welcome to the Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library, an ever-growing database of resources for farmers market operators, organizations that support farmers markets, 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.

In addition to this resource library, FMC curates The Farm Direct Nutrition Incentives Guide Site, a comprehensive library of resources for the people who run SNAP/EBT and nutrition incentives at farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs and mobile markets. If you are looking for information related to SNAP and nutrition incentives, you’ll find some resources here, and many more at the Farm Direct Nutrition Incentive Library. Learn more and explore the site at


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Understanding the Link Between Farmers’ Market Size and Management Organization

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

A summary of key findings discuss best practices for markets based on four different sizes, micro, small, medium, and large. The paper also advises managers how to effectively transition a market into a larger size category.

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

Obtaining Nonprofit Status for your Farmers Market

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

This four page document from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association (MFMA) provides an overview of all the steps required to achieving nonprofit status. Note: Agency contact information is specific to Minnesota.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

Opening a Farmers Market on Federal Property

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development

This guide for market operators and building managers, this resource discusses how market operators and building managers can establish and operate farmer markets on Federal properties. Because most Federal buildings are prominently positioned in central business districts, they’re great places to open a farmers market, and sites may be available for use at minimal or no cost. Developed by AMS and GSA, the agency that operates most Federal properties.

By: Karen Beach, Frank Giblin, and Velma Lakin Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Topical guides