Sign Up For Insurance NOW!
MFMA's 2016 group policy insurance program is open!
Click here to review the policy details and sign up.
Find a Minnesota Farmers' Market!
You have two handy ways to find your nearest farmers' market.
- Click here to find an alphabetical listing of all the farmers' markets certified with the MFMA.
- Our partners at Minnesota Grown (part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture) have a nifty website that lets you search for farmers' markets by location and/or days open. Click here to jump to the Minnesota Grown site to start your search.
"Best Conference Ever!"
Thanks to all of you who made the trek to Monticello on March 22 for MFMA's Spring Conference and Annual Meeting! It was our largest conference to date, with many highlights:
- Dr. Jody Janati was funny and insightful; her presentation is available to anyone who wishes to review it. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy.
- Fourteen new farmers' markets signed up to accept SNAP EBT this year!
- Details on the 2016 Market Bucks program was just-in-time information.
- Farmers' market bingo was a huge networking and sharing hit.
Need an answer to a food license question?
The MFMA is working with the MN Dept. of Health and MN Dept. of Ag to revise statutes and rules to make them work better for today's farmers' markets and vendors. So if you have a question about the regulations governing Minnesota farmers' markets, email us at email@example.com or call us at (320) 250-5087 to get help. We will work with you to expedite the process and help you find your answers.
MFMA's YouTube Videos
Click this link to go to MFMA's YouTube page. There you will find the various educational videos we have created for you:
What is a Farmers' Market?
• Freshness • Flavor
• Nutrition • Quality
• Knowing Where Your Food Is Grown and Who is Growing It!
Farmers' markets are an opportunity for the public to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and food products directly from farmers, growers, or producers. Locally grown products are picked fresh and brought straight to the market and sold by the growers themselves. If you want to know where your food is grown, how it is grown, and who grows it, visit your local farmers' market today!
Why Should Your Farmers' Market and Vendors Join the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association?
The MFMA was created by a group of Minnesota farmers' market representatives and farmers in order to present a unified voice in the growth and regulation of local farmers' markets. Pooling our resources, knowledge, and contacts allows us greater impact on local, state, and federal ordinances and regulations.
The MFMA has evolved into a state-wide non-profit organization working for the common good in terms of marketing, promotion, product labeling, program development, self-regulations and standards, market and vendor liability insurance, public education, and much more on behalf of our member markets and vendors.
If you are not yet a member (farmers market or vendor), please take time today to look at the information available on this website and complete your application process.
We invite you to talk with any of our board members to learn more about how the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association can help sustain and grow your local marketplace!
AgStar Sponsors MFMA Strategic Planning
Many thanks to AgStar Financial Services for funding MFMA's strategic planning efforts in 2016. As the statewide organization representing all farmers' markets in Minnesota, the MFMA Board and staff are investing time and talent to plan for the continued growth and success of vendors and markets for the next several years.
MN Cottage Foods Law
It's the law! As of July 1, 2015, no one can sell cottage foods (baked foods, pickled, canned, jams, jellies, etc.) without first taking a MDA-approved food safety training and registering with the MDA.
Please click here for information on trainings and our MN Cottage Foods Law Resources.
Farmers' Market Academy Resources
Congratulations to all of you who have participated in our FMA series! Many thanks to our UME partners, Suzanne Driessen and Ryan Pesch, for their excellent presentations. Please click the links below for copies of the FMA materials. Please email or call us if you have follow-up questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (320) 250-5087.
"Cottage Foods Law" Series
Cottage Foods Law Materials
"Pricing Your Products Profitably" Series
Cottage Foods Enterprise Tool
Vegetable Pricing and Indexing Tool
Benchmarks & Economic Impact of Local Food Operations
Minnesota Farmers' Market Association
MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.
MFMA envisions a community of vibrant, profitable and professionally-managed Minnesota farmers' markets that:
• cultivates, nourishes and inspires a vibrant local foods community
• provides accessibility to local farm fresh foods
• allows local food producers to thrive and grow