Welcome to the Farmers Market Federation of NY
The Farmers Market Federation of New York is a grassroots, membership organization of farmers’ market managers, market sponsors, farmers and market supporters. Together, we have developed a spectrum of services to increase the number and capacity of farmers’ markets in the state, develop the scope of professionalism in farmers’ market management and improve the ability of markets to serve their farmers, their consumers and their host communities. On our site we have resources for market managers, resources for market farmers/vendors, and resources for farmers market customers as well. Take a look
Resources for Market Managers:
On this site you’ll find support materials that will guide you to the successful development, implementation and operation of farmers’ markets. Everything from publications and guides to research to reporting tools are available to assist you in market development and management.
If you’re just getting started, you’ll want to check out our 63 page Guide to Developing a Community Farmers Market along with the other resources and publications on our Market Management & Operations page. You’ll find the networking opportunities through the Federation’s list serv, sponsored by Cornell University’s Community, Food and Agriculture Program, will keep you plugged in to market managers across the state for instant feedback to your questions and concerns. We also have a secret Facebook group to allow market managers and others involved in the field of farmers markets to connect, discuss, and resolve issues within a group of peers. Email [email protected] with the email associated with your Facebook account if you want to be added to the group. In addition, you can connect with other managers in person at our annual conference which is generally held in winter in various communities around the state. We’ve recorded all the sessions from last year’s conference held at SUNY Cobleskill, and turned them into New York State’s first Farmers Market Manager’s Certification Program: FMM Pro in partnership with SUNY and Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County. Market managers, prospective managers, and those involved in the field of agriculture or ag education have one year from the date they first sign in to complete the course which consists of over 20 hours of videos, handouts, homework assignments and quizzes. Upon completion, the participants will be armed with all the knowledge needed to run a successful market, along with a certificate signed by the Federation, CCE, and the SUNY system showing they are now a certified manager, allowing them to leverage additional funding and support for their markets. The Federation also helps markets get into the EBT program so their farmers can accept SNAP benefits through a central terminal system. We offer discounted Farmers Market Insurance to our market members. You can check out our Membership Benefits and other Resources for Market Managers as well. You can also list your market on our website! Go to http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/add-your-market/ to add a new market or to update your existing listing(s) today. Keeping your listings accurate helps us to serve you better and helps customer and farmers find you more easily. Feel free to reach out to us at (315) 400 – 1447 or email [email protected] with any questions.
Resources for Market Farmers/Vendors:
Support programs that directly benefit the farmers participating in New York’s farmers markets are a big part of the Farmers’ Market Federation of NY’s mission as well. We offer a Farmers Market Decision Tool where farmers and other market vendors can input information about your products, production methods, and location and be given a list of new potential markets who are looking for vendors like you! The farmers market Vendor Insurance Program is instrumental in keeping markets and farmers profitable and safe. We also offer SNAP program assistance for farmers looking to accept SNAP/EBT at their Farmstand, PYO operation or farmers markets they may attend that don’t use a central SNAP terminal. In addition, we offer several free guides on Farm Business & Marketing as well as Food Safety Topics for Farmers.
Resources for Market Consumers:
Finally, we encourage consumers across the state to visit their local farmers’ market. Experience the colorful abundance of nutritious, high quality New York state foods, the aroma of fresh produce and the friendly banter of farmers and customers, neighbors and families. A visit to a farmers’ market is an adventure, one that can be experienced every week in your own community. We now have a dedicated website for farmers market consumers – please visit http://www.nylocalfood.com for tips on shopping at your local farmers market, helpful fillable shopping lists and things to consider when choosing what to buy at the market. You can also use our market locator here: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/summer-markets to find a summer market near you, or check our winter market listing here: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/winter-markets. You can also check the Department of Agriculture’s Map of Markets as well. If you use SNAP benefits, you can now shop at many NYS markets using your EBT card. You can visit http://www.snaptomarket.com, our website geared towards SNAP consumers, to find a market that accepts your benefits and search for recipes using healthy local fruits and veggies or find out what’s in season this month as well.
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Our mission is to support and promote the viability of farmers’ markets through innovative services, programs and partnerships that maximize the benefits of markets to sellers, buyers and communities.