Support for Farmers Selling at Farmers Markets

Thanks to a grant provided by the Rural Maryland Council through the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), MDFMA has been able to implement a project to increase sales and viability of farmers markets throughout Maryland. MDFMA's goal is to increase sales and viability of farmers markets throughout Maryland.

The project will support the success of Maryland’s farmers markets by increasing the capacity of rural market farmers to effectively market directly to consumers through farmers markets, thereby increasing their profit and, in turn, the markets’ capacity to provide sustained community benefit.

Through this project, MDFMA has been able to develop a number of resources for farmers who sell at farmers markets. These include:

The partners involved in this project reach across the state and include: Future Harvest CASA (FH-CASA), The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), University of Maryland Extension (UME), Garrett County Department of Economic Development, Washington County Department of Business Development, ShoreFresh Growers Association, Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore, and the Mid-Shore Food System Coalition.

This project was funded by grants provided by the Rural Maryland Council through the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) as well as the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).