June 2012

Types of farmers’ market members

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It may be useful in discussions about markets to categorize all the various members of farmers’ markets in some way. It is acknowledged that there are certainly other ways to categorize market members and that this particular method of ignores the size of their operation, although most of Maine’s farmers’ market members are micro-businesses, too […]

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How do YOU spell it?

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You see it on your market’s signs. You probably have to write it at least a dozen times a year. Not everyone has the same understanding of basic English grammar to get it right every time. Here’s how an English teacher might explain it: Farmer’s Market: a market belonging to a single farmer. Farmers’ Market: […]

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Farmers’ Market Ads We’d Like to See

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Sample Ad #1: Take a break. Get Outdoors. Go Shopping Outdoors. See what’s in season for dinner this week. Avoid eating industrial commodity foods from far away sold under fluorescent lights. Gather the goodness created by the local earth, the local rain, the local sunshine and the local people. Take a stand against the winter […]

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Market rules and by-laws: What’s the difference?

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Many people use the terms “Rules” and “By-Laws” interchangeably. They are similar, but have basic differences. You might think of the difference this way: By-laws are like our Constitution, and Rules are like our laws. Rules (sometimes called “guidelines” or “regulations”) are for the day-to-day operation of the markets. They are often changed a little […]

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Missing the point about “Why Farmers’ Markets Fail:” A lesson in radical green economics of yesterday and tomorrow

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The recent feature article “Why Do Some Farmers Markets Fail?” excerpted from an extension bulletin by Larry Lev, Garry Stevenson and Linda Brewer in the March/April 2008 issue of Farmers’ Markets Today seems to have left out some very important factors leading to the demise of certain farmers markets. The article does mention several factors that […]

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Dependent Markets vs. Independent Markets

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Consider for a moment the way farmers’ markets are organized. Not whether or how they are incorporated, not how many or what kind of members they have, but rather how and whether the membership is involved in the management of the business of being a farmers’ market. There seems to be two general categories: those […]

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A 2020 vision for Maine’s farmers’ markets

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The future reality of farmers’ markets can be determined to a great degree by today’s vision of what we’d like to see, and on what tools we have and can develop to bring that vision about. This article discusses our understanding of where we are today, and what choices we might make to bring about […]

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Promotional ideas for farmers’ markets

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This list is a compilation of promotional ideas for Farmers’ Markets that have been tried in Vermont and Maine from 1985 to 2000. We include some obvious ones such as “take out an ad in the paper or radio” but also list the more creative and customer-involving ideas we have heard of. If you or […]

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