Show Me the Money: Business Planning for Farmers Markets

Stacy November 10, 2013

A PowerPoint presentation by Lynda Brushett of the Cooperative Development Institute on the importance and purpose of business planning for farmers markets, which includes the basic components of a business plan and tips for getting started.

Sample By-Laws, Policies, and Vendor Applications


A collection of sample documents from British Columbia Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) member markets; helpful examples of farmers market policies, regulations, vendor handbooks and vendor applications forms.

Tips for First Fime Vendors at the Portland Farmers Market

Stacy November 9, 2013

This excerpt from the Portland Farmers Market vendor policy guidebook includes some good tips for producers new to farmers makets, and may serve as a good template for other markets to offer guidance to new vendors.

Rules for Performing Artists (Template)

Stacy November 8, 2013

A concise one page sample set of rules for performing artists at a farmers market.

Daily Market Sales Sheet


An example of a daily sales sheet that vendors of Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s markets fill out at the end of the day to track vendor sales, with areas for gross sales tallies broken down by type of product (e.g. produce, flowers, meat, eggs, seafood, dairy, etc.)

Producer Load List


A sample form used by SEE-LA (organizer of the Hollywood Farmers Market) to track vendor sales and product data broken down by type of product.

EBT/SNAP/Debit Accounting


This page includes information on managing accounting systems for EBT and Debit, with templates for a Market Day EBT/Debit Transaction report, Market Day Transaction Report Summary, and Master Token Reserve Form.

Vendor Concern Form

Stacy November 7, 2013

A form created by the Portland Farmers Market for vendors their concerns about market operations, vendor policies, or other vendors’ compliance with market rules. Requires vendors to specifically reference the market policy clause with which they have a concern.

Product Challenge Form


A form created by the Portland Farmers Market for vendors to submit when they believe another Vendor is misrepresenting their product. There is a $100 filing fee (which can be shared by a group of Vendors). This fee is returned to the challenger(s) if the claim is verified.

Booth Audit Program Summary


A summary of a booth audit program to confirm that vendors are reporting accurate sales figures at the end of each market day.