Is your state farmers market association a State Partner? You may already have FMC Membership. See our list of Current State Partners below.
You can join FMC today using a credit card or check.
The following member benefits apply to all FMC members:
- A voice and a vote in membership meetings and Board of Directors elections.
- Representation at the table with federal agencies and organizations which provide funding for farmers markets and establish national policy, and advocacy opportunities.
- An electronic subscription to the market beet, our seasonal electronic newsletter, and a subscription to our weekly farmers market news email, Fresh Picks.
- Access to a volunteer team of farmers market practitioners to help answer your most important questions.
- Access to regular member-only webinars on timely education topics and opportunities to have your questions answered live by experts.
- Access to National Farmers Market Week promotional tools.
- A special ‘Proud member’ badge for your organization’s web site, which links your visitors directly to FMC’s valuable resources.
- Access to member-only Directors’ & Officers’ Insurance Policy for nonprofit farmers market organizations through Campbell Risk Management.
- Opportunities to participate in special member-only programs like Discover You Can and Discover Market Fresh.
- Member Only Resources, such as POP Club Guide, Toolkit, and Templates.
- Knowing that your contribution improves our ability to respond to farmers markets’ needs today, tomorrow, and in years to come.
Membership dues are annual and tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under IRS 501(c)(3) law. Should you have specific questions about membership, please use our contact form.
Members have access to discounts from the following businesses:
FMC Store– stickers and tattoos, 20%
FMC’s State Partner Program allows state associations to include FMC membership into their association’s dues at a discounted rate, automatically making each state association member an FMC member as well. This option allows state associations to easily expand their services, while also ensuring that their state is well-represented within the FMC member base. The more members we have in a state, the more we know about its needs and activities.
Each State Partner is able to determine their member fees based on the ability of their organization. FMC suggests 0.1% of the organization’s annual budget as a guideline, with a minimum fee of $100 and maximum fee of $2,000.
State Partners have benefits beyond regular FMC members. These include:
- Policy Consultation: Twice yearly, state partner leadership will have a call with FMC staff and Board representatives to check in on local / regional goals and objectives to ensure policy alignment, and discuss emerging issues.
- A resource page on the FMC site: FMC is creating an area of the website that will provide farmers, farmers markets, and consumers with information about state level resources.
- State Level Networking: Up to two participants from your organization on FMC’s State Leader Committee conference calls (every 6-8 weeks), and on the state leader listserv.
- Participation in a national Farmers Market Forum: FMC is meeting in small groups of farmers market leader across the country. Space at these events is very limited, and State Partner organizations will be able to register first.
Email Liz Comiskey at email@example.com to talk about how your participation can strengthen farmers markets in your state.
If you are in one of the states listed below, we encourage you to join your state association to become a member of FMC.
Arkansas- Arkansas Farmers Market Association
California- California Alliance of Farmers Markets
Georgia – Georgia Farmers Market Association
Illinois- Illinois Farmers Market Association
Indiana- Hoosier Farmers Market Association
Maryland- Maryland Farmers Market Association
Massachusetts- Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets
New Hampshire- New Hampshire Farmers Market Association
Vermont- Vermont Farmers’ Market Association
Virginia- Virginia Farmers Market Association
Washington- Washington State Farmers Market Association
Wisconsin- Wisconsin Farmers Market Association
You can join with a credit card or a check online, and a receipt will immediately be emailed to you. If you need to use a paper application, you can download our application here and mail it to:
Farmers Market Coalition, PO Box 499, Kimberton, PA 19442