Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

MFMA Origination

Friends Come Together
In March of 1998, 20 farmers' market members from 15 established Minnesota farmers' markets throughout Minnesota gathered to discuss issues that were important to local markets. It was decided we would benefit from establishing a formal network or organization that could represent Minnesota farmers' markets as a focused voice and assist in growing and establishing local farmers' markets.

There are many farmers’ market entities (and more forming) servicing farmers, growers and producers throughout Minnesota that can benefit by networking to:    

  • Effect Federal/State/Local Government regulations regarding:
    • Food Processing
    • Product Labeling
    • Local Merchant Ordinances
  • Focus marketing through Minnesota Grown promotions
  • Co-op purchasing of market and vendor liability insurance
  • Co-op purchasing of promotional advertisements and materials
  • Connect farmers and growers with local market entities
  • Promote and support acceptance of food assistance benefits such as SNAP, WIC, & FMNP
  • Share educational resources and conduct seminars on the varied facets of farmers' markets such as marketing, vendor procurement, food safety, liability, market management concerns, customer service, etc.

After brainstorming on the benefits of a unified farm market organization, several market members decided to establish the
Minnesota Farmers' Market Association.  The Minnesota Farmers' Market Association (MFMA) is now a statewide non-profit organization serving these needs!

MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association /// 9800 155th Street East, Nerstrand MN 55053 /// info@mfma.org 

Communications Director: Kim Guenther /// kguenther@mfma.org /// (573) 470-4445 

Economic Opportunities VISTA: Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly /// maeve@mfma.org /// (574) 310-5553

Executive Director: Kathy Zeman /// kzeman@mfma.org /// (507) 664-9446 


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