June 2012

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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Email newsletters

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Many markets have begun to use e-mail newsletters to communicate with their customers. The age of buying stamps and paper and printing a newsletter is coming to a close. E-mail newsletters can be very inexpensive to use, can be sent whenever there is market news or reminders you want to let your customers know about, […]

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Farmers’ markets and food cupboards

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Suggestions and examples of how farmers’ markets and food cupboards can work together for each others’ benefit. Food Cupboards, also called Food Pantries, are always on the lookout for food to distribute to their clients. Farmers’ Markets are gatherings of local small scale food producers offering an abundance of foods. Yet for various reasons, food […]

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End of market gleaning program

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To have surplus picked up at the end of market day at YOUR farmers’ market, why not start an  End-of-Market Gleaning Program? An easy-to-implement program that provides an alternative to feeding your perfectly edible surpluses to your animals or compost pile. Staff at your local County Extension Office working with their Maine Harvest for Hunger […]

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A farmers market in your town?

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Download this as a brochure. Should there be a farmers’ market in your town? Of what value is a farmers’ market in a town? What is a Farmers’ Market? A farmers’ market is not a random collection of tailgate vendors. It is a self-policing non-profit organization that consists of farmers, gardeners, bakers, specialty food producers and/or […]

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The Farmers’ Market WIC program

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The Maine Department of Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture cooperate to sponsor the Maine WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Using federal funding, these special WIC checks are given to folks who already qualify for the regular WIC checks, which are redeemable in stores for specified products. The Farmers’ Market WIC Checks are […]

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Belfast Farmers’ Market By-Laws 2003

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Revised 2003 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The Belfast Farmers’ Market (hereinafter called “The Association”) was established to provide local small growers and craftsmen with an outlet for the sale of fresh picked produce and related agricultural products; to foster an appreciation for Maine’s rural resources; and to develop sources of marketing, management and agricultural information for […]

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