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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Idaho Farmers Market Manual

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events

This guide offers detailed advice on how to start and develop a farmers’ market. The major topics covered include getting started, permits, licenses, registrations, market management, and vendor best practices.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

Organizing and Maintaining your Farmers Market, 2nd Edition (Vermont)

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Insurance, Liability, and Licensing | Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Rules and Vendor Applications | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Vendor Fees and Market Finances

Published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, this is a complete guide to farmers market start-up and maintenance is an essential resource for market managers and organizers, including particular details for agencies and regulations in Vermont.

Organizing and Maintaining your Farmers Market, 2nd Edition PDF 

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

What do the New Food Safety Rules Mean for You?

Food Safety and Handling

Webinar Q&A

Webinar Slideshow

How do the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules affect farmers markets and direct marketing farmers? How can consumers, farmers, and others take action? As they currently stand, the proposed standards undermine sustainable and organic production practices, subject many farms to regulations designed for industrial facilities, and may well prove too costly for farmers to implement and stay in business. Exemptions available for certain farmers and facilities, and the risks of losing exempt status, are addressed.

Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Jen O’Brien, Executive Director, Farmers Market Coalition


Published October 23, 2013 Presentationvideo