Report: Toward Market Cities: Lessons on Supporting Public Market Systems from Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Toronto

Hannah Fuller November 10, 2020

Public markets systems in North America are both agile and fragile. When the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread stay-at-home orders and business closures, many markets across the continent stayed open, continuing to safely provide fresh and healthy food to residents as supply chains were strained and serve as an economic lifeline to farmers and other producers.…

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets: Farmers Market Guidance

Diana Broadaway May 12, 2020

The Agency of Agriculture recognizes the importance of farmers markets to our farmers, communities, heritage and culture.  We are excited to announce that farmers markets will be able to re-open on May 1, following guidance from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce and…

District of Columbia: Mayor’s Order 2020-058

Diana Broadaway

Mayor Bowser Issues Order Establishing Social Distancing Protocols for Food Sellers and Requirements for Farmers’ Markets to Operate During Public Health Emergency  

SNAP: COVID-19 Waivers by State

Diana Broadaway

On April 10, 2020, USDA issued a letter denying several types of waivers requested by state SNAP agencies that do not meet requirements for approval.  FNS is working to add those requests to the individual state pages listed in the link below.  


Diana Broadaway May 11, 2020

We believe that farmers markets provide vital food access services to our community. Under the Governor’s Health Mandates, Farmers Markets, like grocery stores and supermarkets, are considered “essential businesses.” To help market operators adapt to this rapidly changing economic and public health situation, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Alaska Farmers Market Association have…

Penn State Extension/PASA: COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers Markets (Checklist)

Diana Broadaway May 7, 2020

This is an open-source resource created by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, to be used for developing guidelines that can be shared and modified as needed to ensure safe operation of farmers markets that protect both vendors and customers while providing essential food for the communities they serve. Further guideline information…

Essential Services: State Declaration vs. CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Diana Broadaway May 6, 2020

Example of state declaration:  New York “This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide…

Baltimore City Permit Guide for New or Existing Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa January 4, 2019

This guide is intended to assist Farmers Market Managers, both new and existing in obtaining the proper zoning and health permits.

Philadelphia Farmers Market Guide

Alex Canepa

The City of Philadelphia’s guide to city services and requirements of farmers market operators.

Utah Farmers Market Requirements

Alex Canepa November 3, 2017

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is the regulatory authority for food sold and manufactured in Utah. This means foods that are manufactured, processed, packaged, stored, transported, prepared, sold or offered for sale in the state of Utah. This regulatory responsibility also extends to food sold at outdoor market venues including farmers markets. It…