Category: Management and Operations

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

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Management and Operations | Market Guidelines/Toolkits

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 can be found at
Have other ideas or questions? Contact Hannah Smith-Brubaker at
with ideas or questions regarding farm businesses, or Brian Moyer at with ideas
or questions regarding farmers markets.


Published May 07, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

WSFMA Gallery of Safe Farmers Market Photos

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Management and Operations | Market Guidelines/Toolkits

Washington State farmers markets are operating safely and in full compliance with public health
directives and other restrictions to protect the health of shoppers, vendors, and market staff.

This photo gallery of the Bellingham Farmers Market provides visual examples of the following:



Published May 07, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource PhotoTopical guides

ILFMA COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Food Safety and Handling | Management and Operations | Market Guidelines/Toolkits | Rules and Vendor Applications

ILFMA COVID-19 Toolkit was created to provide farmers markets with resource guidelines for operating an IN and OUT, transaction-based farmers market.  The guideline provides best practice recommendations for social distancing and enhanced sanitation.

Published May 06, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Market Policy

Farmers Market-Tested Sales Platforms for Shopper Pre-Orders Webinar

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | FMC | Management and Operations | Webinars

This webinar focused on market-level platforms (either a sales platform or through listing vendor sites on the market website) that allow shoppers to place pre-orders to then be picked up at either a drive-through or walk-through market where vendors are required to be on-site to hand off their goods. (In some cases, these markets may also be allowing sales for some walk-in customers and may also be handling SNAP sales at their booth.)

Market leaders who have been using systems using platforms such as Google Forms, Local Food Marketplace, LocalLine, SquareSpace, What’s Good among others will be presenting.


Darlene Wolnik
Training and Technical Assistance Director
Farmers Market Coalition

Ben Feldman
Executive Director
Farmers Market Coalition

Nelson Li
Market Manager
Metuchen Farmers Market, NJ

Erin Molnar
Director of Local Food Program
Countryside, OH

Rachel Beyer
Local Food Coordinator
City of Blooimington, IN

Leigh Sloss-Corra
Director of The Market at Pepper Place,  Birmingham, AL

Martha Archer
Executive Director of Mill City Farmers Market Minneapolis, MN

Jackie Hammond-Williams
Market Manager
Oregon City Farmers Market, OR

Watch the full recording online.



Published April 30, 2020 Download Resource Webinar

Review of Analysis of Farmers Market Operation and Impacts for the City of Pittsburgh

Management and Operations

Available literature on farmers markets in and around the City of Pittsburgh and reports on regional food and farming efforts were reviewed for this paper, focusing on studies of farmers markets in the City of Pittsburgh or production analysis across the region. Relevant research on farmers markets and market networks from across the U.S. was also examined to uncover best practices and operational solutions for a wide variety of markets.

Published February 16, 2020 Download Resource Report

Designing Effective, Scalable Data Collection Tools to Measure Farmers Market Impacts

Management and Operations
Published September 19, 2019 Download Resource Publication

The Mighty Market Manager

Management and Operations

Chapter 4 of the Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit

Published April 03, 2019 Topical guides

Sample Market Manager Job Description

Management and Operations

Sample Job Description from the Farmers Market Federation of NY

Published April 03, 2019 Job description


Impact Reports | Management and Operations | State Association Development

This report summarizes the results of two surveys conducted in early 2018 that collected information on the 2017 summer market season.

Published March 15, 2019 Publisher Website Download Resource Publication

Strengthening Pittsburgh’s Farmers Markets

Management and Operations

A study, funded by the City of Pittsburgh and researched and developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, which recommends actions to improve Pittsburgh-area farmers markets. These actions will increase equitable access to fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate food, promote healthy eating choices, and support regional food producers.

Published March 12, 2019 Download Resource Strategic Plan