Starting a new farmers market can be an overwhelming task to take on. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), with support from the Windham Foundation, Chittenden Bank, the John Merck Foundation, the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, and the State of Vermont Farm To Family Program has written a manual, Organizing & Maintaining Your Farmers' Market, on how to start and maintain a farmers market. Everything from finding the right location in your town to vendor insurance questions are discussed in the manual.

You can download a copy here:

or  order a hard copy of Organizing & Maintaining Your Farmers' Market from NOFA-VT.

The following topics are addressed in the manual:

  • Forming a Farmers’ Market Organization
  • Creating a Legal Market Entity
  • Business Identification Numbers
  • Insurance for Vermont Farmers’ Markets And Their Vendors
  • Finding a Site
  • Finding Financial Support for Your Market
  • Market Managers
  • Vendor Recruitment, Vending Spaces and Fees
  • Promoting Farmers’ Markets
  • Tips for New Farmers’ Markets
  • Programs Assisting Low-Income Customers
  • Special Events
  • Shop Fresh with the Chef
  • Including children at Farmers Markets
  • Assessing Your Market’s Success
  • Vendor taxes
  • State regulations for Farmers market vendors
  • Tips for New Farmers’ Markets: a few lessons from Vermont market managers

Farmers Market Toolbox

Below are the appendices that are included in the farmers’ market manual, Organizing & Maintaining Your Farmers' Market.  These materials will assist you in starting and maintaining your farmers’ market.