The tradition of farmers, gardeners, artisan makers, and bakers bringing their wares to town to sell at the market has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Farmers markets have always been focused on selling fresh produce, meats, and baked goods. Over the years, vendor types have expanded to include food trucks, children's activities, student-led businesses, artists, and musicians.
Community leaders, vendors, producers, and customers alike continue to come together in ways that continue that collaborative spirit by offering new ways to solve old issues at farmers markets like summer feeding programs for youths and seniors, serving as pick up sites for farm businesses, as well as providing a space for young farmers and entrepreneurs to get started.
Resources to organize or improve your market
- Nebraska farmers market manager handbook
- Mercados de agricultores
- Iowa Farmers Market Manager Toolkit
- Building and expanding a welcoming community, featuring West Point, Nebraska
- Farmers Markets videos on the Center's YouTube Channel (Playlist on the right side of your screen)