Market Managers – Frequently Asked Questions

Farmer Market Managers – Frequently Asked Questions


Farmers markets are fast becoming America’s favorite way to access fresh, locally grown foods and develop relationships with farmers. This has resulted in tremendous growth in farmers markets over the last few years. This growth has spurred greater interest in operating, supporting and participating in farmers markets.

The Farmers Market Federation of NY, in an effort to answers the questions of market operators, market supporters, market enthusiasts, farmers and vendors, as well as news reporters, has developed a series of responses to those questions we are most commonly asked.

If you have a question about farmers markets, we invite you to “Ask” the Farmers Market Federation of NY. If your question is not listed below or you would like a more in depth discussion, please contact the Federation office at (315) 400-1447 or E-mail Diane Eggert at [email protected].


How can I get a farmers market started in my community?
Click here for the “Guide to Developing a Community Farmers Market” PDF.

Why join the Farmers Market Federation of NY?
Click here to download the “Membership Benefits” PDF.

How can I sell my products at a farmers market?
Click here to download the “Becoming a Farmers Market Vendor” PDF.

Why do I need liability insurance and where can I get it?
Click here to view the “Liability Insurance for Farmers Market Participation”.

How can I offer EBT at my market?
Click here to download the “Bringing EBT to the Market” PDF.

How can I use recipes to promote my market or farm? Are recipes copyrighted?
Click here to download the “Guidelines to Using Recipes” PDF.

Can my vendors sell or sample alcoholic beverages?
Click here to view or download the “NYS Guide to Selling and Sampling at Farmers Markets” PDF.


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