How to Organize a Farmer's Market

Putting together a farmer's markets may be easier than you think
May/June 2010
Farmer Teresa Santiago offers hedge apples at a farmer's market.

Photo By Letitia L. Star

1. Find a sponsoring group. 

An existing community organization is a good choice.
2. Find local farmers. 

Contact your state’s department of agriculture. You’ll need at least 20 to 40 participating vendors; 60 to 70 is ideal.

3. Set the stage. 

Pick a central location such as a municipal park or town square. Saturday mornings are prime time, but also consider Sundays and weekday evenings.

Learn more

Networking Association for Farm Direct Marketing and Agritourism

Farmer's Market Coalition

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service