About Market Rules and Bylaws
Rules (sometimes called “guidelines” or “regulations”) are for the day-to-day operation of the markets. They are often changed a little bit each year to reflect things such as new opening dates, a new treasurer or president or a change in market dues.
Bylaws define the structure of the association of farmers that operates the market. Once in place, these are rarely amended. Bylaws generally include definitions of officers, their job descriptions, the general purpose of the association, and other items such as what to do with assets if the market association is dissolved.
Examples of Market Bylaws
These bylaws are provided as examples only. Although they are actual bylaws of the markets in the years indicated, they may have changed since. Contact the market directly if you need a current copy of their bylaws.
Among these examples you will find varying degrees of formality and amount of self-governance assumed for the members of the market. Some were written by market members themselves, while others were written by the market’s sponsor or landlord.
- Farmers’ Market By-laws Guidelines
- Waterville Farmers’ Market Association By-laws 2016
- Orono Farmers’ Market By-laws 1998
- Bangor Farmers’ Market Association By-laws 2015
- Fairfield Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. By-laws 2002
- Damariscotta Farmers’ Market By-laws 2005
- Bowdoinham Farmers’ Market Association By-laws 2008
Examples of Market Rules
Like the bylaws linked above, these rules are provided as examples only. Although they are actual rules of the markets in the years indicated, it is likely that they have changed since that time. Contact the market directly if you need a current copy of their rules.
- Belfast Farmers’ Market Guidelines 2003
- Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market Rules 2007
- Orono Farmers’ Market Rules 2002
- North Berwick Farmers’ Market Rules 2010
- Lewiston Farmers’ Market Guidelines 2015
- Portland Farmers’ Market Association Market Rules 2016
Examples of Market Applications
These applications are presented as examples only. They have likely changed since the initial date of publication. If you would like a current application, contact the market directly.
You will notice that there is considerable variation in what kinds of information each application asks for. Some applications were written by the market members themselves, while others were written by the market’s sponsor.