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Category: Market Start-up and Development
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.
An example of by-laws from the nonprofit Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association.
This chart, developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, shows the differences in various tax exempt designations and example qualifying market activities for each.
This four page document from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association (MFMA) provides an overview of all the steps required to achieving nonprofit status. Note: Agency contact information is specific to Minnesota.
This guide for market operators and building managers, this resource discusses how market operators and building managers can establish and operate farmer markets on Federal properties. Because most Federal buildings are prominently positioned in central business districts, they’re great places to open a farmers market, and sites may be available for use at minimal or no cost. Developed by AMS and GSA, the agency that operates most Federal properties.