NAFDMA-Farmers Inspired supports farmers’ markets as a primary or diversified component of any farm operator’s business plan. Whether you are a farmer interested in advancing your income, retail talents and sales portfolio, or a farmers’ market manager wishing to improve your marketing skills to better support the farmers who sell through your market, NAFDMA offers programs and resources that will advance your success in your field. NAFDMA welcomes you as a paid member to take best advantage of this opportunity. We also invite you to view some of the free resources and reading materials we have compiled here to help support your endeavors.
Farmers’ Markets for Farmers
Guides to Selling at a Farmers Market-Tufts (pdf)
Tips for Beginner Farmers’ Market Vendors
Also visit the websites listed on our Associations and Groups Page
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP)
National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs
Farmers’ Markets Governance and Boards
Rules and regulations at Davis Farmers’ Market, CA (pdf)
Establishing and Operating a Community Farmers Market, KY (pdf)
The ideas, skills, and strategies I learn from NAFDMA’s programs are the ‘cream of the crop.’ I would not want to run my farmers’ market without them.” – Randii MacNear, Market Manager, Davis Farmers’ Market, Davis, California, member since 2001
Farmers Market Coalition
In 2001, North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association, through a cooperative agreement with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, embarked on a mission to establish the Farmers’ Market Coalition in order to advance this segment of the farm direct marketing industry. The founding membership consisted of interested parties from NAFDMA’s Board of Directors and management company, Project for Public Spaces, Inc., the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and farmers’ markets leaders from across America. For several years the partnerships developed to create a coalition dedicated to “strengthen farmers’ markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.” By 2006 the project took full shape and the fledgling Farmers’ Market Coalition was formalized as its own autonomous association.
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization in their own right incorporated in the state of Iowa. FMC is influential in the advocacy of farmers’ markets and their importance in public policy. Learn more and access their free resources directly at farmersmarketcoalition.org.