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The Compleat List of
FARMERS' MARKET RESOURCES
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The links below are organized into the following categories:

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FARMERS' MARKET ISSUES.


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.


MEETINGS
MAINE LAWS, REGULATIONS & PERMITS.


INSURANCE.


FARMERS' MARKET PUBLICATIONS


LOCAL FOOD.
  • 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 farms.

  • 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.



SCALES

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 market.

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.


FARM LABOR
  • 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 AMERICA:
North American Farmers' Markets


USDA:
USDA Farmers' Markets


US FARMERS MARKET COALITION:
Farmers' Market Coalition



CALIFORNIA:
California Farmers' Markets

BRITTISH COLUMBIA:
Brittish Columbia Farmers' Markets



MASSACHUSETTS:
Massachusetts Farmers' Markets


NEW MEXICO:
New Mexico Farmers' Markets



NEW YORK:
Farmers Market Federation of New York


PACIFIC COAST:
Pacific Coast Farmers' Markets


BOULDER COUNTY (CO):
Boulder County Farmers' Markets

UK:
Certified Farmers' Markets


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