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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Washington State Farmers Market Manual

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Farm Inspection and Enforcement | Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Rules and Vendor Applications | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Vendor Fees and Market Finances

The second (2012) edition of a manual developed by Washington State University Extension and Washington State Department of Agriculture in 2008 to encourage and assist communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets.

By: Marcia Ostrom and Zachary Lyons Published October 23, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

Grand Rapids Urban Market Concept Plan and Feasibility Study

Market Start-up and Development

This study outlines market feasibility for Grand Rapids. Analyzing local food supply and the best possible locations for farmers markets, the study provides an example for conducting research while also supplying innovative market ideas.

By: Market Ventures, Inc. Published October 23, 2013 Link to Resource Feasibility StudyReport

Regional Farmers Market Feasibility Study for Louisville, Kentucky

Evaluation | Market Start-up and Development

The study identifies and makes recommendations on key elements needed to increase Kentucky farm products’ share in Louisville’s food market system. Such elements include effective logistics and distribution strategy and/or facilities, processing centers, consolidated modern cooling facilities, new retail outlets and farmers markets, or collaborative marketing channels.

By: Market Ventures, Inc., and Karp Resources Published October 23, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Feasibility StudyReport