The Compleat List of
FARMERS' MARKET RESOURCES
Many of these pages are located at MFFM.org.
Pages located at external websites are indicated by the “” icon,
and will open a new tab in your browser.
The links below are organized into the following categories:
Know of some resources I missed? Tell me!
FARMERS' MARKET ISSUES.
- 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 work in
progress of a document to define what the production criteria should be for food being sold at the market.
LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS?
- Write an email to Melissa White at MOFGA and she'll post
your info at the MOFGA.org website about new markets
starting up or existing markets looking for new members.
- Post your info at Maine Farmers Market Group at EatMaineFoods.org.
You can read anything there, but you have to join EatMaineFoods.org to post
your info. It's free!
- MOFGA.net is a MOFGA-operated website opened in early 2010 which allows markets to
post classified ads looking for new members. To post, join/login first.
- MEAgTrader.com is an EPA-funded website opened in early 2010 which allows
markets to post classified ads looking for new members. To post, join/login first.
PROMOTION OF FARMERS' MARKETS.
MAINE LAWS, REGULATIONS & PERMITS.
FARMERS' MARKET PUBLICATIONS
- The Turkey Farm has a good article in their Summer 2002 edition of The Turkey Times newsletter on An easier way to food security . It's about half way down the page, and talks about how small local farms make for better food security than large distant
- Local Food is fully discussed pro and con at the U.K.-based Reference.com article on local food, and they also have a great page on Farmers' Markets . It is intriguing to see how many of their concerns are the same as those on this side of the pond.
- Seasonal Chef
interview with Alice Waters .
- In Search of Food Security from the SeasonalChef.com .
- Six principles of food security
- Cultivating Community (pdf) by Jo Barrett of King Hill Farm in Penobscot. Witeen as a
presentation to a civic group, it described the many civic values that small farms generate.
- Food Routes is “a national
non-profit dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food, the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the
fields to our tables.” Includes a vast list of links relating to local food.
A good set of hanging scales can be hard to find. Some of the best brands are Chatillon and Detecto, but there are others.
However Hanson seems to make no hanging scales that are legal for trade, so although they are less money, they are not able to legally be used at
Two websites where scales can be purchased online are www.scalesgalore.com in Brooklyn, NY
which carries a wide range of scales of all brands and types; and Ohio-based www.chatillon.com which is the actual
manufacturer of the most popular hanging scales for farmers' markets. From either site,
the model 0723TG, rated "legal for trade", runs about $215 to $230 with
galvanized pan. Shipping is about $8.00. It has temperature-compensated springs, which
means your mess of beet greens will weigh as much in June as in October.
Another useful company is ULine.com which has several scales available as well as traffic cones and packaging
materials such as mesh onion bags, and a wide selection of plastic bags. Their catalog is ¾ inch thick.
Each of these sites also has portable digital scales, and more other types of scales
than I knew existed. You can enter "scales" and your favorite brand name into
any search engine to find more websites offering scales online.
The Farmers' Market WIC program
The Maine Department of Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture
cooperate to sponsor the Maine WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Using federal
funding, these special WIC checks are given to folks who already qualify for the regular
WIC checks, which are redemable in stores for specified products. The Farmers' Market
WIC Checks will begin to be issued in May this year.
Farmer's Market WIC Checks are spendable only at farmers' markets and farm stands and
can be used only for fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and herbs. They
come in denominations of $5 and, like a personal check, they get signed by the user
when the purchase is made. The farmer then deposits them like a regular check after
stamping them with a unique number issued to each farmer by the WIC program.
For all the details of the program, go to
www.WICforME.com/farmers.htm or call 800- 437-9300 and ask for Dawn Mulcahey. There
is no deadline during the year for joining.
- Organic Volunteers is a website
where workers looking for a farm, or farmers looking for workers, can add their information. The site can be searched by many criteria.
- MOFGA's apprentice program annually attracts
hundreds of people looking to work on small farms.
- MOFGA.net is a MOFGA-operated website opened in 2010 which allows farms to
post classified ads looking for farm help.
- MEAgTrader.com is an EPA-funded website opened in 2010 which allows
farms to post classified ads looking for farm help.
ASSOCIATIONS OUTSIDE MAINE
North American Farmers' Markets
USDA Farmers' Markets
US FARMERS MARKET COALITION:
Farmers' Market Coalition
California Farmers' Markets
Brittish Columbia Farmers' Markets
Massachusetts Farmers' Markets
New Mexico Farmers' Markets
Farmers Market Federation of New York
Pacific Coast Farmers' Markets
BOULDER COUNTY (CO):
Boulder County Farmers' Markets
Certified Farmers' Markets
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