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Texas is one of the largest producers of fresh fruits and vegetables, so your choices are always endless. More than 60 commercial fruit and vegetable crops are grown in the Lone Star State — from apples to zucchini and everything in between. Experience fresh fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle of your neighborhood grocery store, farmers market, community supported agriculture farm (CSA) or pick-your-own farm. You’ll be amazed at the freshness and satisfaction of meals you prepare with produce fresh from a Texas farm near you. This handy guide will let you know when Texas produce is available. Look for the GO TEXAN mark to ensure you are getting locally grown Texas produce. For an online version of this chart and more information on Texas farmers markets, visit gotexan.org.
The Business Planning Guide was developed with the support of a USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant, GROW Windham and the Willimantic Farmers’ Market.
The business planning guide was developed by Joe Bonelli, an extension educator through the University of Connecticut. The guide is designed to help individuals interested in farming decide if it is right for them and to start their business.
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 farmers.
Farmers and vendors who use the word “organic” to describe their products or prac ces in the marketplace must comply with the USDA organic regulations. The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) states that no person may affix a label to, or provide other marketing information concerning, an agricultural product if that label or information implies, directly or indirectly, that such product is produced and handled using organic methods, except in accordance with the OFPA.
Most farms and business that grow, handle, or process organic products must be certified. The only exception is for producers and handlers that sell less than $5,000 per year of organic products. These operations may choose to obtain certification but they are not required to do so. If you are uncertain if you need to be certified, see NOP’s brochure “Do I Need to Be Certified Organic?”
This resource is part of the Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit (chapter 6), created for potential farmers and vendors in Washington State and serves as a great guide to anyone who considers selling at a farmers market.
Farmers markets are no longer the only option for shoppers seeking locally grown foods. Is your markets’ brand, products, and shopping experience keeping pace with an evolving marketplace? Learn about savvy retailer strategies to understand and promote your best assets and make your customers feel special. This session will offer a variety of strategies to help put your market in the spotlight and grow customer loyalty to keep you on the cutting edge of the changing local food landscape.
Co-hosted with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Is your market stuck in a fundraising rut? Are you great at talking about why the market matters but not so good at explaining the role of your organization in making it happen? In this webinar, we learn about why and how to spend less energy promoting the market as just a great place to shop and more energy marketing your mission. A ‘Friends of the Market’ organization or program can help communicate the work that makes a market possible, but even small adjustments to a market web site, newsletter, social media and market info booth can help you generate more donations, sponsorships, and volunteers. FMC board member, Copper Alvarez, shares the example of the Big River Economic & Agricultural Development Alliance’s successful TableTops fundraiser, which has generated a total of $270,000 in unrestricted revenue.
- Copper Alvarez, Executive Director, Big River Economic & Agricultural Development Alliance
- Pam Knights, Pam Knights Consulting
- Moderator: Colleen Newvine, Newvine Growing
The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and West Virginia Farmers Market Association conducted interviews, meetings, and online surveys throughout the summer of 2013 to investigate the regulatory issues reported by farmers and other stakeholders. Findings indicate that while some areas of the state have a very workable regulatory framework for local food sales, businesses in several areas do experience a disruptive level of confusion and inconsistency over regulations. The report includes recommendations for legislators, agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.
Having a great product is important, but only if you can successfully attract customers to ‘try and buy’. In this publication we review some basic tips for arranging your space, display strategies that work, and a few other marketing tactics that will signal customers you are open for business.