The summer of 2016 was marked with moderate to severe drought across New York State. Farmers struggled to have salable crops to bring to the farmers market. With the devastation that drought brings to farmers, they also reported decreased customer counts and sales while participating at markets. With few exceptions, […]

Can We Reverse the 2016 Trend of Decreased Consumer Activity ...

Graduates New Online Course That Helps Grow New York’s Farmers’ Markets Nearly Four Dozen Market Managers Are Enrolled in the Course and Working Toward Certification The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and The Farmers’ Market Federation of NY, in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension […]


  Have you heard about FMM Pro? If so, have you enrolled??! If you were waiting for the end of market season to really have the time to delve into this training, now’s your chance! If you haven’t heard about FMM Pro, read the FAQs below and then sign up […]

FMM Pro: Have You Signed Up Yet?

We’ve had a rush of registrations over the past few days as human nature is to procrastinate. So we are expecting a great showing at conference this year! If you’ve missed our recent posts about the benefits of attending, you can peruse them over at the blog. If you’re one […]

Still Time for Last-Minute Registrations (But Act Fast)

Our final day of conference, Thursday November 17th, is a shorter one, but we have still packed it full of great information that you can take with you before you go. If you missed our other session spotlight articles for Tuesday and Wednesday you can read them on the blog. […]

Session Spotlight – Thursday

I hope everyone is having a productive Monday and a Happy Halloween! I know this time of year is busy for many of you as you tie up loose ends and prepare to close down your summer markets, but please remember that tomorrow is the deadline to reserve your hotel […]

Don’t Miss the Tuesday Deadline!

Seeking Qualified Nominees for the Federation Board of Directors   The Board of Directors of the Farmers Market Federation of NY is currently seeking qualified nominees for upcoming positions on the Board of Directors. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future of farmers markets in New York […]

Seeking Qualified Nominees for the Federation Board of Directors

  Our last blog article shone a spotlight on some of the sessions and happenings for the first day of conference. Now let’s talk about some of the benefits you will get from day two of conference – Wednesday, November 16th. This is when we really get into the good stuff […]

Wednesday Session Spotlight

We’ve talked a lot in the past couple of weeks about some of the intangible benefits of conference – getting away for a while, getting to network with a community of your peers, the food, the tours, oh and did we mention the FOOD? But now as the conference date […]

Conference Session Spotlight – Tuesday

There’s a chill in the air and we’re switching over from air-conditioning to heat and from pansies to mums. You know what that means! November is fast approaching. We were surprised when we asked at the end of last year’s conference whether you preferred February or November and so many […]

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Deadlines!

Listen to the past attendees! If you really want to know the benefits of attending a FMFNY Conference, just take a look at what others are saying. Sure, you can get some info from the agenda and from our info on the website about what conference is all about. But […]

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

To Apply for A Conference Scholarship This year is the first year we’ve offered the chance to get a scholarship to support your attendance at conference. The board wanted to use some of the funds from membership dues to help those markets who might not normally be able to attend conference. […]

Only 5 Days Left…

Websites are a powerful marketing tool used by many different types of businesses to gain customers and increase sales. Yet a lack of time, funding, or the knowledge needed to create websites often leaves farmers markets and small-scale direct marketing farmers without this valuable tool.  In 2014, the Farmers Market […]

Cultivating Success Program Highlights

We tend to do a number of posts reminding people to register for conference because the half-life of a post on social media is incredibly fast these days – and with the busy nature of this time of year, market managers can often see a post and then forget to […]

10 Reasons Not to Miss Conference!

Registrations for the 2016 Farmers Market Managers Conference in Ellicottville opened last week for anyone who missed it. The registration link is: and you can find out about all the amazing things we have planned and view the agenda and hotel information by looking at the Conference Overview page. The Holiday […]

Scholarship Application Period Now Open!

Farmers Market Manager Training Conference – “Building Capacity of Markets” – is this November 15th to 17th The Farmers Market Federation of New York announces… … its annual Farmers Market Managers Training Conference, “Building Capacity of Markets.” The conference will be co-hosted by the Farmers Market Federation, The Southern Tier […]

Farmers Market Manager Training Conference

Does your market hold market events to draw additional customers to the market and keep your existing customers entertained and coming back for more? It’s that time of year where the weather is beautiful and produce is bountiful so take advantage and schedule some fun events at your market! Here […]

Farmers Market Events: Music at the Market

The 2016 NYS Farmers Market Managers Conference, “Building Capacity of Farmers Market” will be held November 15 – 17 at the Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY. The conference is sponsored by the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Agency and the Southern Tier West Farmers Market Network. This […]

Save the Date for Conference!

You’ll soon start to see a new look to the SNAP EBT cards in New York State. Beginning in August, new and replacement cards will feature an updated design as shown on the left, but the new cards will continue to work exactly the same as before. Retailers and farmers […]

New EBT Cards Rolling Out Starting 8/1

Our Annual Conference will be in November this year and we already have a great lineup of sessions and speakers planned! We are still looking for a speaker or a panel of speakers for the following topic so we’re reaching out to you for help. Do you know someone who […]

Are You the One? Looking for Speakers!