From the Land Of Kansas Farmers Market Resources

Stephanie Fenty June 29, 2017

Resources from From the Land of Kansas including: How to Register your market Farmers’ market economic impact analysis Food Safety for Kansas Farmers Market Vendors: Regulations and Best Practices Sampling Safely at Kansas Farmers Markets Templates

Get Ready for National Farmers Market Week: An Overview of FMC’s Resources to Help You Prepare

Liz Comiskey June 21, 2017

National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. NFMW allows farmers markets to take center stage on a national level, and is an opportunity for all markets to showcase the meaningful impacts…

Growing Local Food Systems: A case study series on the role of local governments

May 15, 2017

Local governments play a key role in promoting and support local food systems. In 2012, Michigan State University’s (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City/ County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Sustainable Communities collaborated to understand more about the ways that local governments across America are supporting local food systems. Building off that…

The Lobbying Process: Basics and How-To Guide

Alex Canepa August 3, 2016

Lobbying and direct contact with policymakers are critical components of an advocacy campaign and can be instrumental in achieving the desired policy change. Lobbying refers to asking an elected official or key decision-maker to vote a certain way or take a specific stand on a piece of legislation, rule, issue or policy. One of the…

Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

Jen O'Brien June 28, 2016

Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets (PDF) Farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations are great places for customers interested in locally sourced products to find and purchase organic products. Many of these consumers appreciate knowing how and where the products that they purchase were grown, and the organic cer ca on status of the…

Examples of State Legislation that Supports Farmers Markets

FMC January 6, 2015

In the past decade, multiple states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to support farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs while increase access to healthy food at farmers markets. Here are examples of those legislative solutions.

Farmers Market Sustainability — Obstacles and Strategies

Stacy July 25, 2014

This report, initiated by the City of Seattle for the Regional Food Policy Council, identifies obstacles faced by Seattle farmers markets and recommends strategies for overcoming them. Data was obtained through four monthly meetings of a working group comprised of farmers market organizers, City of Seattle staff, and other stakeholders. The Report also identifies best practices from around the United…

West Virginia Farmers Market Regulations

Stacy December 4, 2013

The Farmers Market Vendor Guide was developed to provide standards, guidelines and consistent information for farmers, food vendors and sanitarians to provide fresh, safe and quality food to the consumer. The Farmers Market Vendor Guide offers advice on food items that may be sold and conditions that must be met at the point of sale.…

Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State: Summary Report

Stacy December 3, 2013

The research, conducted through in-depth surveys of market managers throughout Washington State, documents the current capacity of Washington State farmers markets to generate income for farmers, improve the environment, and provide assets to communities; as well as to assess their long-term sustainability. The report also identifies the organizational and management strategies of successful market organizations,…

Farmers Market Report for King County, Washington

FMC December 1, 2013

Requested by the King County Council, this report identifies many of the challenges impacting farmers markets’ financial viability and future success and identifies some of the solutions that would help strengthen their operations and facilitate farmer access to the markets.