January 20th, 2016

MDFMA launches inaugural Starting a Farmers Market Series

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. Get your market off to the right start and register today!

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

MARCH 16th & 17th: Market Management

Work on the nuts and bolts of your market management. Topics will include: market location and layout, marketing and promotion, staffing, best practices in farmer/vendor management, banking considerations, and data collection—the how and why.

March 16th from 1pm to 2pm: Webinar

March 17th from 2 to 5pm: Office Hours at Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

APRIL 6th & 7th: Food Access, Sales & Success

Learn about the federal nutrition benefits programs that can be accepted at your market to ensure that everyone can shop. This session will also cover simple market fundraisers, fun events, promoting your opening day, and ideas to keep patrons coming back each week.

April 6th from 1pm to 2pm: Webinar

April 7th from 2 to 5pm: Office Hours at Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) 50 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis MD 21401

Sign Up Today!

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.