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Farmers’ market publications

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By Tom Roberts Print and web-based information sources for information about farmers’ markets and farmers’ market culture. And other farm-related publications of interest to small scale farmers. Orono Farmers’ Market 1996 Consumer Survey done by University analysts. The Best of Selling Outdoors, 2011 edition [pdf 1.6mB]. A compilation of the best articles from the MFFM […]

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What items are eligible to be sold at market?

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Several questions commonly arise about the ingredients used to produce a product sold at market: Can the ingredients be purchased? Do they need to be made by the producers themselves? Must they be Maine produced? Can they come from out-of-state or commercial sources? The Orono Farmers’ Market has a draft version of what items are […]

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Farmers’ markets: Feeding the hungry

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Farmers’ Markets and Food Cupboards. Several ways in which food from Maine farmers’ markets can make its way to the hungry. Detailed descriptions of methods already in place and working. Gleaning. Allowing people come in to “clean up” after your harvest is over. Set up a system for using EBT at your farmers’ market. Teach […]

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Good market practices

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The difference between struggling and success can be good market practices. What makes for a good farmers’ market? Certainly a strong and supportive base of shoppers is an essential ingredient. Yet demand for products is simply the fuel. How well the market is organized is the engine. Some engines waste fuel whereas others are efficient […]

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Dependent markets versus 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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Don’t Use Hanson Hanging Scales

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by Tom Roberts, Selling Outdoors, 1992. The first issue of Selling Outdoors contained an article about the State Bureau of Weights and Measures ruling on the Hanson scales that are commonly used at farmers’ markets. That ruling made it clear that in 1992 there should be no more Hanson hanging scales in use at markets. […]

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To peddle or not to peddle

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by Tom Roberts (from 1990’s Selling Outdoors) Whether to allow market members to buy some or all of what they sell could be a hotly debated subject or an easy consensus. Which occurs at your market depends upon your market’s history and its current makeup, as well as on your members’ vision of what your […]

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