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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Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets

Evaluation | Public Policies | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

This report includes qualitative and quantitative research into state-by-state trends in SNAP redemption at farmers markets as well as national challenges, success stories, and recommendations for policy and programmatic change.

By: Suzanne Briggs, Andy Fisher, Stacy Miller, and Nell Tessman Published October 17, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource

Healthy Foundations for Farmers Markets: Recommendations for Cities and Counties

Public Policies

This paper provides an overview of the benefits farmers markets bring to communities and offers recommendations for ways local governments can support and strengthen farmers markets.

By: Stacy Miller, Jezra Thompson, Marion Kalb Published September 05, 2013 Publisher Website Link to Resource PublicationState & Local Policy

6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements webinar

Vendor Fees and Market Finances

On October 10th, FMC and Michigan Farmers Market Association held the ‘6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements’ webinar. The webinar explained the background of 6050W, the implication of 6050W on farmers markets, and best practices for scrip recordkeeping. Most, but not all, markets are exempt, and the webinar explains why and how a market can keep proper records to show their exemption. Many of you have requested the recording, and you can find the link below.
Since the webinar, FMC has received a couple inquiries about whether a market is responsible for issuing IRS 1099-misc forms (different from the 1099-k discussed on the webinar) to its vendors to document payment for scrip (eg. tokens). 1099-misc forms are issued to independent contractors who have been paid for services. FMC is not qualified to deliver tax advice, and recommends that market organizations examine IRS guidelines on independent contractors. If unsure about your reporting obligations, please consult with a professional tax advisor. And, as always, please share what you learn on the FMC listserv at


Published October 11, 2012 Link to Resource Presentationvideo