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Category: Market Start-up and Development
The purpose of these guidelines by the University of Rhode Island is to highlight important food safety practices to take under consideration when vending at a farmers market. It also includes information on the various licensing requirements that may or may not be needed.
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
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