Category: Market Start-up and Development

By-laws of the Loudoun Valley Homgrown Markets Association

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

An example of by-laws from the nonprofit Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association.

Published October 29, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource By-laws

Farmers Market Tax Status Handout

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

This chart, developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, shows the differences in various tax exempt designations and example qualifying market activities for each.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Obtaining Nonprofit Status for your Farmers Market

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Opening a Farmers Market on Federal Property

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides

Locating Farmers Markets: Site Selection Tool

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development

An interactive tool designed by Matthew Peters to evaluate potential sites for a farmers market. Refer to Locating Farmers Markets: An Evaluation Methodology to Inform Site Selection for Farmers Markets (also in the Resource Library) for additional guidance.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Locating Farmers Markets: An Evaluation Methodology to Inform Site Selection for Farmers Markets

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development

This details Matthew Peters’ professional project creating a tool to evaluate possible sites for a relocating market. Using a multi-criterion approach, this project establishes criteria, appropriate weights for stakeholders, and evaluates potential sites for the relocation of the Columbia City Farmers Market.  The Site Selection Tool is available in the FMC library as well.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Farmers Market Guide to Nonprofit Incorporation

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

Published by  the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, this guide is designed to provide an overview for farmers markets which may be considering becoming a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 entity, providing step by step guide for market managers and boards that are contemplating non-profit tax exempt status.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource By-laws

Market Preparation: A Checklist for Starting a New Market

Market Start-up and Development | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events | Vendor Fees and Market Finances
A basic checklist of items and decisions to be made before starting your market, beginning 12 months prior to the start date.
Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Guide to Developing a Community Farmers Market

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Farm Inspection and Enforcement | Funding and Grants | Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events | Rules and Vendor Applications | Vendor Fees and Market Finances

This comprehensive 60 page guide from the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York steers market organizers to create a strong foundationfor a successful, long term farmers market that will be a community asset and a valuable resource for both consumers and farmers.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

New Mexico Farmers’ Market Manager Resource Guide

Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events | Rules and Vendor Applications | Surveys, Evaluation

This guide covers all the basics of manager responsibilities, vendor rules, market promotion, and other logistics for farmers markets, of particular relevance to markets in New Mexico.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides