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

 

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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.  
https://www.pps.org/reference/measuring-the-impact-of-public-markets-and-farmers-markets-on-local-economies/

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.   
http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/resources/subpage/economic-and-social-benefits-study

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 Toolkita 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/
http://www.wafarmersmarkettoolkit-org.wafarmersmarkets.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ch2Strategic-Planning-Feb-2016.pdf

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.
https://extension.umd.edu/learn/booth-farmers-market-profit-or-loss