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Category: Management and Operations
There are over 50 farmers markets in Rhode Island. That’s one market for every 21,000 people, and more than twice as many markets as 6 years ago. Farm Fresh Rhode Island runs 11 of those markets; others are run by the RI DEM Division of Agriculture, community groups or farmers.
Farm Fresh receives about 1 or 2 requests every week from a different person or group wanting to start a new market! Farm Fresh is not looking to start any new markets at this time. However, we can support your undertaking with the following information, as well as promotional opportunities.
This guide was made possible by a partnership between Farm Fresh RI and the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.
State of Rhode Island Farmers Market Application
2017 New Hampshire Farmers’ Market Directory Registration form
Alabama Rules For Certification of State Farmers Markets from the Department of Agriculture and Industries
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
Having a great products is important but only if you can successfully attract customers to ‘try and buy’. This tutorial goes over some basic tips for arranging your space, display strategies that work and a few other tips that will let customers know you are open for business.
The Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit provides timely information, tips, and templates to help market managers navigate the increasing demands they face. We hope to cut your learning curve, share best practices, and adapt the excellent existing resources to your market.
Each chapter includes downloadable tools in Word or Excel that you can tailor to your market needs. The Toolkit is designed to be added to and updated in real time. Please send us your recommendations and suggested improvements. The Toolkit is available both online and as a binder from the WSFMA thanks to support from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.
This Toolkit is dedicated to Washington State’s indefatigable farmers market staff, boards, volunteers, sponsors, and farmers and other vendors who are working hard to support local farms, grow good food for families, and make our communities brighter.
At a Farmers Market, accepting credit cards is one of the first steps you can take to cater to busy people who are looking for the right mix of quality and convenience. Until a few years ago, it was easier to accept cash rather than credit cards. If you were able to accept credit cards, you likely had to invest in an expensive POS system or use one of those obnoxious carbon copy machines that never quite pressed the right way. But today, new technology gives farmers more options than ever before. ConsumerAffairs.com has researched and created a comprehensive guide about credit card processing that will help break down how to accept credit cards the cheapest and most effective way.
This is a sample of an end-of-season survey for farmers market customers provided by The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA.
Created by The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA, this guide provides best practices for operating food drives at farmers markets.