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