MFMA's 2016 insurance program will be ready for sign-up by Feb. 15, 2016. Insurance policies from 2015 are valid through March 1, 2016. Stay tuned!
Governor Dayton Signs Safe Food Sampling Law!
MFMA Board Director Cecilia Coulter and Rep. Bob Barrett, testifying to the Minnesota House Ag Policy Committee, in support of HF2178.
MFMA's Safe Food Sampling bill was signed into law by Governor Dayton on April 10!
This law paves the way for safe food sampling at farmers' markets for all vendors and food demonstrations -- without any added licenses or fees. Additionally, it allows farmers with value-added food products to sample their food all year, instead of being limited to 21 days.
The MFMA has worked for the past year with many partners, including the MN Dept. of Ag and the MN Dept. of Health to accomplish this. We are very appreciative for their advice and support.
MFMA will roll out training to all market maangers and vendors in May on the details of the food safety requirements for this new law. For more details, please contact the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Prepare NOW for a Profitable 2016 Farmers’ Market Season!
For the Farmers' Market Academy in Your Area!
We are excited to announce the rollout of our Farmers' Market Academy! Last month, we asked YOU what YOU wanted to learn in order to be successful at your farmers' market. Over 150 of you replied -- thank you!! Based on your responses, we're bringing those hot topics to a location near you!
Offered at locations across Minnesota, vendors will learn about food licensing, the 2015 Minnesota Cottage Food Law, how to price your products to be profitable, marketing strategies, spreadsheets you can take home and use...and more! Market managers will join an interactive session with seasoned and successful managers to share tactics to grow vendors and customers, raise money for special events, and get the latest on SNAP EBT.
Locations and dates for the Academy:
- Mankato, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. - RE-OPENED! (Now being held at the American Legion, Lake Crystal.)
- Rochester, Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Academy is FREE to MFMA members; $35 to non-members. MFMA is offering a "NEW Member Special" for this Academy: particpnats can become members at a 50% membership discount of $35 and then attend the Academy for free.
2015-2016 MFMA Leadership Team
MFMA Board of Directors
Front row (l to r): Martha Archer, Kirtsen Bansen Weigle, Sara George, Cecilia Coulter, Bill Boutang
Bcak row (l to r): Advisor Terry Nennich, Doug Hoffbauer, Ron Branch, Alexandra Cortes
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:
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.
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!
MN Cottage Foods Law Resources
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 to go to our MN Cottage Foods Law Resources page.
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
- Iowa Vegetables Budget
- Iowa Meat Buying Guide
- West Central MN Farmers' Market Pricing Study
- Your Interactive Product Pricing Spreadsheet
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