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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Starting a Farmers Market (Indiana)

Market Start-up and Development

This publication from Purdue University discusses the importance of planning meetings to help determine a location, understand whether vendors are available in the area, and evaluate customer interest.

By: Christa Hofmann and Jennifer Dennis Published October 21, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Publication

How to Start a Farmers Market

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Rules and Vendor Applications

A 21-slide Powerpoint Presentation from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service serves as a short walk-through guide of how to start a farmers market, including how to identify a location, find sponsors, establish vendor rules, and engage in long-term goal planning strategies.

By: Velma Lakins Published October 21, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Presentation

Grower Survey

Farm Business and Marketing | Market Start-up and Development

A sample survey to assess growers’ interest in participating in a new market.

By: Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau Published October 21, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource Survey