September 1, 2017 5 farmers' market resources for economic developers.
The end of the summer means the end of the seasonal farmers market in some communities. It’s a good time to take stock of the economic impact of farmers markets.
The appear of farmers’ markets is growing. In addition to providing a popular amenity for residents, they are an important component of shop local initiatives. Farmers' markets are a great way to engage and support agriculture sector and an important component of culinary tourism programs
Five Farmers' Market Resources for Economic Developers
Measuring Farmers’ Markets Impact on the Local Economy - Project for Public Spaces provides a series of tools for measuring the economic impact of farmers markets. They also provide a variety of examples of farmers market economic impact studies.
Economic and Social Impact of Farmers Markets in BC – This massive study from the BC Farmers Markets looked at the economic impact of 33 farmers’ markets in British Columbia. Among the report highlights: There was a 62 % increase in the number of markets and shoppers are spending more money over a 10 year period and over half of the market visitors shop at the market at least two to three times a month.
25 Best practices for Farmers’ Markets – a publication from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. The report includes tips on management, regulations, food safety, increasing vendor sales and marketing. http://asapconnections.org/downloads/market-makeover-25-best-practices-for-farmers-markets.pdf
Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit – a treasure trove of resources for organizing, financing and marketing farmers markets. The toolkit also includes a variety of sample rules and forms for farmers market operation. http://www.wafarmersmarkettoolkit.org/chapter-2/strategic-planning-tools-for-your-market/
Farmers’ market advice for vendors - an article from the University of Maryland to assist potential vendors in determining whether selling through a Farmer’s market is right for their business. The report reviews the advantages and disadvantages for producers who sell at farmers’ markets.