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A website where farmers markets can add their listing to and consumers can search for farmers markets as well as farms, CSA, Coops, and other direct marketing channels in their area.
A PowerPoint presentation by Lynda Brushett of the Cooperative Development Institute on the importance and purpose of business planning for farmers markets, which includes the basic components of a business plan and tips for getting started.
Manual describing the role of market managers; provides checklists, sample policies, worksheets, and other tools to help managers start markets, build market communities, and harness the power of these communities to sustain the markets and their local food systems
Checklist detailing the basic items and decisions one would have to make before starting a farmers market.
This article discusses ways that farmers can reach consumers directly through internet buying clubs and how farmers markets can be extended into the off-season through this method.
This two page tip sheet from FMC covers the steps you can take to recruit vendors and expand the product selection at a farmers market
Market Umbrella’s marketshare is a program that works to build and share tools and resources with public markets worldwide, including the best of “lessons learned” from market practitioners.
This resource offers the Canadian New City Market’s detailed financial model for establishing costs and benefits for individual business units. The report offers research and community engagement suggestions for future services and infrastructure. This source is a helpful model for analyzing and planning the economic future of any farmers market.
A by-laws template from the University of Florida Extension for an incorporated farmers market.
This two-page marketshare describes the purpose and importance of a mission statement for a farmers market, offering tips for writing one and listing sample mission statements.