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2017 New Hampshire Farmers’ Market Directory Registration form
New Hampshire Farmers Market Association’s Establishing a Farmers Market Guide
Alabama Farmers Market Development Manual
Alabama Rules For Certification of State Farmers Markets from the Department of Agriculture and Industries
For the consumer, farmers’ markets provide a variety of fresh produce at a reasonable price, while creating a fun social event for the community. Many consumers prefer to purchase fresh locally grown produce if given the opportunity to do so. Consumers enjoy a wide selection of products while supporting local agriculture and meeting the farmers who grow their food.
For the new producer, farmers’ markets represent one of the only outlets available for gaining production and marketing expertise while contemplating the possibility of expanding product volume. The market vendor may maintain a small-scale level of production for the simple pleasure of gardening and visiting with friends and neighbors during market hours. Others, however, may aspire to large-scale production over time, earning substantial income while maintaining a lifestyle that is more closely related to farming. In either case, the farmers’ market provides the grower with the opportunity to discover what consumers’ demand in product quality, quantity and variety.
The purpose of this “how to” development manual is to provide an easy-to-use reference guide for those who want to start a new market, expand an existing market, or participate in the selling of goods. The 11 parts address specific topics that are vital to establishing and maintaining a vibrant market. Please contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Bureau of Horticulture and Farmer’s Markets at 515-281-8232 if you have questions regarding this manual or farmers’ markets.
Exploring the possibility of establishing a farmers market in your community? Or are you a manager needing information to help you in managing your successful market?
On this site you’ll find materials that will help you establish a farmers market, provide contacts for issues related to markets and also articles that will help in the operation and promotion of successful farmers markets.
- North Dakota Farmers Market Information
- North Dakota Meat & Poultry Inspection Program
- Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture Information
SDSU Extension provides guidance to communities on establishing a Farmers Market including information on establishment steps, regulatory agencies, by-laws and promotion.
Farmers markets are just one outlet for farmers to sell their product directly to consumers. How do you decide that they are the right option for you and your farm? Although every farmers market has its own culture and flavor, there are certain consistent aspects of selling at farmers markets that you can count on. In contrast to other outlets such as wholesale, farmers markets provide an opportunity to maximize the amount of revenue that go directly to the farmer; however, they come with their own set of opportunities, challenges, and logistical considerations. Read on to learn more about how markets work, if they are a good fit for your farm and business model, and how to maximize opportunities for success.
The Kentucky Farmers’ Market Manual is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for Kentucky farmers’ market managers and vendors. A partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the manual contains valuable guidelines and recommendations on Good Agricultural Practices, establishing market rules, displays, marketing, organic certification, and every other aspect of operating a successful farmers’ market.