Farmers Market Frequently Asked Questions - Farmers
Farmers markets are fast becoming America’s favorite way to access fresh, locally grown foods and develop relationships with their local 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 posed by marketgoers, market managers, farmers and vendors has developed a series of responses to those questions we are most commonly asked by each group. The list that follows consists of answers to questions posed by farmers. To view the answers for market managers, or for farmer/vendors, see that list on the corresponding section of the site.
We've answered the number one Frequently Asked Question: Why Should I Shop at Farmers Markets? on its own page in order to give it the space it deserves. Here are the rest of the questions:
1. How can I sell my products at a farmers market?
Click here to download the "Becoming a Farmers Market Vendor" PDF.
2. Where can I find a list of farmers markets in NY?
There are several places you can look for a farmers market near you. Once you find a market you are interested in selling at, you will need to contact the market manager to see if there are any openings for new vendors, and what the fees and procedures are.
~ One option is to search the Find a Market listing on our website. You can type a city, county, market name, or zip code into the search bar at the upper
~ The NY Department of Agriculture and Markets publishes a Listing of NY State Farmers Markets by County.
~ You can also look through our listing of NY State Winter Markets by County.
If you still didn't find anything, see the next question.
3. I would like to sell my products at a farmers market, but there is not one close enough - How can I get a farmers market started in my community?
4. Why do I need Liability insurance and where can I get it?
Click here to view "Liability Insurance for Farmers Market Participation."
5. How have farmers markets grown across NY State? Is the number of markets increasing?
The number of farmers markets in operation in the US has more than doubled in the past 10 years, and continues to rise as the word spreads that local foods are better for you and better for your community.
Click here to download the "New York State Farmers Markets" PDF to read about the growth of farmers markets in NY state.
6. What is the purpose of the Federation?
The mission of the farmers market federation is to support and promote the viability of farmers market through innovative services programs and partnerships that maximize the benefits of markets to sellers, buyers, and communities.
7. Okay. But what exactly does the Federation do?
We do many things to support our mission, but some of the core functions of the federation are:
~ Answering questions and providing guidance to marketgoers, farmer/vendors, and market managers
~ Administering the statewide wireless Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program, that provides farmers markets with a free-of-charge EBT Terminal. This important
~ Administering the NYC and CNY Health Bucks and Fresh Connect coupon programs, which allow community service organizations to provide free produce to low-
~ Running our Annual Regional Workshops, Farmers Market Information Days, that satisfy the requirement for farmers to accept WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks, another avenue for low-income New Yorkers to receive fresh produce free of charge
~ Running the annual Farmers Market Managers Training Conference
~ Running an annual series of free webinars that are open to the public focused on marketing tools needed to run a successful business
~ Maintaining this website and our ListSev, sponsored by Cornell Univery's Community, Food & Agriculture Program
~ Maintaining a list of resources that may be useful to the public, farmer/vendors, and market managers, as well as a list of resources on food safety
~ Publishing The Farmers Market Forum, our quarterly newsletter
7. Why should I become a member?
Why join the Farmers Market Federation of NY?
8. Is there anything else I can do you help support the federation?
Click here to find out about the many ways you can help.