Overview of the 2013 Event
The 5th Annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention was a fantastic success! We had a fantastic 5th Convention at Point Lookout in Northport, ME. The sessions were well received and lots of connections were made and strengthened. It was also a year of transition. It was the last MFMC that the Down East Business Alliance hosted. The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets is going to take ownership of the event. We are excited to see all that it will become under their leadership!
For a full list of speakers for all conventions and their bios, visit Convention Speakers.
Brian St. Laurent
Photos of the 2013 Convention can be seen here.
2013 Participant Comments
What they said about the 2013 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention:
“I have generated a report to the Stonington Market on EBT/SNAP implemenation. Extremely helpful.” – Court Haight
“I was able to form many connections and become aware of many resources that I can bring back to improve my markets in 2013.” – Brittany Hopkins
“This convention has been a great networking event for me. Listening to how other markets operate, what worked and what didn’t/will it work for my market? Discuss with the vendors at a pre-season meeting.” – Jack McAdam
“I have not been part of a farmers’ market before this year This conference has helped inform me and narrow my energy and resources to be efficient and effective. Thank you.” – Kate DelVecchio
2013 Handouts and Materials Presented
The following documents are provided in PDF format unless otherwise indicated
- Delving into Social Media
- Market Manager Round Table
- What’s Happening at Your Market?
- The Art of Display – PowerPoint
- The Art of Display – Notes
- Farmers’ Market Innovations
- Hartford Food System
- Grassroots Marketing Helpful Links
- Grassroots Marketing Action Plan
- Record Keeping Resource
- Winter Markets – Opportunities for season extension and online marketing
- The Wisdom of Good Group Decisions – Craig Freshley
- Grassroots Marketing
- Strategic Planning Workshop Overview
- EBT at Farmers’ Markets
Sponsors for the 2013 convention were:
MOFGA, Maine Department of Agriculture, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, Wholesome Wave, and Maine Farmland Trust.