Washington State Farmers Market Association - a profesional association of Farmers Market Managers in Washington State

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Operating a farmers market is one of the toughest jobs in America! It requires a multitude of skills that are not intuitive to all people and there is relatively little education available to get the needed training. Being a member of the WSFMA can help! We strive to provide many valuable resources to help our Member Markets (and their dedicated managers) succeed. We hope you find the tools on this page valuable. Please let us know what additional information would assist you in this arduous, yet rewarding, journey.


Market Operations

Rapid Market Assessment Resources

The WSFMA conducted Rapid Market Assessments (RMA) at several member markets in 2008 and 2009, as a result of a specialty crop grant provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. We have supplies and trained support for your market to conduct this useful customer survey. Contact info@wafarmersmarkets.com for more information about conducting an RMA at your farmers market.

Tools for Rapid Market Assessments (Updated)- Oregon Small Farms Technical Report - OSU [pdf 802 KB]

Examples below are from RMAs conducted during 2008 and 2009:

Bremerton RMA
Chehalis RMA
Duvall RMA
Gig Harbor RMA
Key Peninsula RMA
Roslyn RMA

Affordable Product Liability Insurance

We now have a resource for very affordable product liability insurance through Campbell Risk Management. (click on the Farm Market Vendors tab).

Business Planning for Farmers Markets

by Kirsten C. Workman, presented at the 2009 WSFMA Conference
PDF download in color [1.23 MB] or downlod in black/white [855 KB]

FMC Farmers Market Manager FAQs

Download the FAQ document from the Farmers Market Coalition website




City of Seattle - Changes in Farmers Market Permitting Process

Farmers market permitting costs will be dramatically reduced under a new farmers market ordinance recently approved by the Seattle City Council. The ordinance, spearheaded by the Office of Economic Development with collaboration from other city departments, will reduce fees for street closures and used of parks as well as streamline the permit application process.



Sites Related to Farmers Markets

California Federation of Certified Farmers Markets
Cascade Harvest Coalition
Farmers Market Coalition
Maine Federation of Farmers Markets
Puget Sound Fresh - King County Agriculture Commission
Seattle Tilth CSA Directory
USDA National Farmers Market Directory
Vendor's Scales at Farmers Markets
Wallace Center Recruiters Guides and Farmers Guide
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Washington State Grange
WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program

Other Interesting Websites

Cascade Loop Scenic Highway


Links to the Websites of WSFMA Member Farmers Markets can be found in the Washington State Find a Farmers Market

Washington State
Farmers Market Association

WSFMA office location and mailing address:
93 Pike Street, Suite 316
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: (206) 706-5198

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