Help Us Tell the Story of the Modern Farmers Market Movement

      Posted On: February 14, 2024

In an effort to understand the evolution of farmers markets over the last 50 years, FMC’s Dar Wolnik is seeking market stories that share how individual farmers market organizations got their start. 

As a market leader, consultant, researcher, and now as FMC’s senior program person, Dar has studied the modern farmers market movement in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Her work has included gathering market histories (both written and oral), interviewing founders, current staff, and community stakeholders, as well as staying up to date on other researchers’ analysis of markets.

From this work, Dar has begun to lay the framework to analyze the stories and write a series of articles that share this origin history and illustrate the intentional way that local food systems are shaped. The articles will also serve to offer information to funders, shoppers, and partners in order for farmers market communities to gain more sustained support.

In support of this writing project, FMC is inviting market founders and managers to participate in a brief farmers market history survey. We are particularly looking for origin stories that fall within the past 5 decades (1976 to present), and encourage markets from all backgrounds and regions within the U.S. to participate.

To participate in the survey, farmers markets should meet the following criteria:

  • Two or more regional businesses (with at least one farmer) that regularly set up and sell directly to consumers in a physical space
  • Managed by a person(s)
  • “Governed” by some level of agreement, whether written or verbal

To complete the survey, visit

Please feel free to share this survey with your networks so we can collect as many market stories as possible! Stay tuned for updates and this project develops.

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