Seeking Farmers Market Hacks and Systems

By: FMC Resource Development Team       Posted On: January 5, 2022

Standing farmers market shopper approached orange tent and speaks with farmers market volunteers seated at a table

FRESHFARM, Washington, DC, DuPont Circle Farmers Market

Welcome to 2022 farmers market operators! 

The 2021 brought a lot of ups and downs in the farmers market community. We’ve seen strides towards more equitable markets across the country, innovative new programs, and markets continuing to play a central role in resilient connected communities. Changing pandemic regulations, extreme weather brought by climate change, and ongoing economic impacts brought challenges to markets. Through it all, we’ve found that the spirit of collaboration and innovation that runs deep through our sector has been the core of our resilience. 

Like you, we’re spending these first few weeks of the year reflecting on what worked last year, what didn’t, and how we can adapt to better serve our community – you! Last week our Resource Development Cluster Team met and discussed what we’re seeing in our communities and in our conversations with market operators. We’ve noticed that many market operators don’t realize how innovative they are in their local communities. Spreadsheets and poker chip counters aren’t glamorous, but they’re the hacks that help make markets happen! Often it’s the simple tools that make big impacts in the day-to-day multi-tasking challenge of running a market. 

Are there any small (or big!) “hacks,” tools or systems that you discovered this year? When you look at 2021, what was the biggest change you’ve made – or learned from another market – that you’re looking to carry over into 2022? Will you help us gather these small but mighty innovations to share with others? Use the form below to tell us about it, and/or upload a picture so we can see your hacks in action.

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