January 10th, 2016

First Workshop for Series “Starting a Farmers Market in Maryland”

by Amy Crone

The Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA) presents a new, six-part series covering key topics to consider when starting a farmers market in Maryland.

This series combines online learning and in-person sessions where you can take advantage of MDFMA staff’s 20 years of combined experience working in food systems to learn tips and tricks for a successful beginning to market operations. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will also share key information about the role of federal nutrition benefits programs at farmers markets.

The first webinar and workshop is coming up – here are the details:

FEBRUARY 1st & 2nd: Planning for Your Market Launch

Learn what you need to consider when starting your market, including: mission, identifying community assets, finding your farmers, striking the right vendor mix, farmer/vendor agreements, financing, and what to expect as a first-year market.

February 1st from 1pm to 2pm: Webinar

February 2nd from 2 to 5pm: Office Hours at 345 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Register online at this link:

Registration for MDFMA’s Workshop Series

And to get information on the full series see this flyer:

MDFMA Starting a Farmers Market Series

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.