FARMERS' MARKET ISSUES.
Worth thinking about…
- A 2020 Vision for Maine Farmers' Markets
- Types of Farmers' Market Members
- Markets in 2012 How should farmers' markets respond to more and more farmers wanting to join? (2003)
- Treasurer's Template
- A Market In Your Town?
- Setting Up at Farmers' Market
- Starting a Farmers' Market
- Farmers' Markets Info for Farmers
- ATTRA's Farmers' Market Marketing & Business Guide
- Starting A Market (pdf) Excellent twenty-two page "Organizer's Field Manual" from the Kansas Rural Center.
- Selling Outdoors addresses many farmers' market issues from the angle of how to think about them,
rather than providing definite answers.
- "When Things Don't Work: an Insight into Why Some Farmers' Market Close" by Garry Stevenson, Larry Lev and Linda Brewer, Oregon State U. Extension Service, 2006. [28 page pdf file.] This paper was excerpted in an article in the March/April 2008 issue of Farmers' Markets Today magazine, page 30.
- Rebuttal to "When things don't work..." by Tom Roberts, March 2008.
- Limiting Market Membership. Are there good reasons that a farmers' market should limit the number or types of members? Also see Selling Outdoors for a discussion of this subject.
- Dependent vs. Independent Markets. Is your market self-organized and self-managed, or does it have a "sponsor" who takes care of all that?
- The No Show Rule. What to do about people who join a farmers' market but never show up?
- Get the spelling right! Learn how to use an apostrophe.
- “Selling At Markets” by Nina Planck (pdf). Nina and her folks have attended farmers' markets in the Washington, D.C., and London, England, areas for decades. Here she covers many areas of what makes a good market and good
- Manage My Market offers web-based software to handle most of your market's paperwork. At $13/member, it's rather pricey, but can save a lot of time and produce the reports you've wanted.
- Item Eligibility List From the Orono Farmers' Market, a document to define the eligibility of foods to be sold at the market. A work in progress.