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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Gig Harbor RMA
Key Peninsula 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
Vendor's Scales at Farmers Markets
Wallace Center Recruiters Guides and Farmers Guide
Washington State Department of
Washington State Grange
Farm & Direct Marketing Program
Other Interesting Websites
Cascade Loop Scenic Highway