Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

2018 MFMA Spring Conference and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monticello Community Center 

505 Walnut Street, Monticello MN 55362

Join us for another information-packed conference as farmers' market folk from across Minnesota gather in Monticello on Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Featured speakers and breakout sessions range from intentionally creating a resilient farmers' market to the latest updates on food licensing and the cottage food law to Minnesota Grown's 2017 customer satisfaction survey results to SNAP and Market Bucks for 2018...and so much more. Local food is once again featured on the menu, catered by Russell's on the Lake.

~ Keynote ~

Creating A Resilient Table

Practical Strategies for Creating a Space to Do Hard Work 

Sandy Anderson has over 25 years experience working with organizations and individuals who are seeking relevancy and resiliency in what they do and how they accomplish it.  She understands the joys and challenges farmers' markets face in today's world, as expectations are high for markets and vendors to offer healthy and safe food, entertainment and kids activities, food access for everyone -- and all on tight budgets. Sandy will provide insight and practical steps for folks to explore what three ingredients develop a resilient table, how we as individuals make choices regarding our environmental impact, and whether those choices build or unintentionally sabotage progress at the table. 

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Ready, Set, GO!

Gearing Up for a Remarkable 2018

Michelle Wolf of Whole Green Heart has 20 years experience in the farmers' market world. Joining us from Nova Scotia, Canada, Michelle will tie up all the info from the day's sessions and send us home - filled with resolve and spirit to make 2018 an outstanding year for Minnesota farmers' markets, vendors and our thousands of customers!

Presentations and breakout sessions include:

  • Results from Minnesota Grown's 2017 customer satisfaction survey, conducted at a record 72 farmers' markets!
  • Results from a metrics project the University of Minnesota is conducting with Minneapolis farmers' markets
  • Update on food licensing, exclusions and exemptions; and changes to the cottage foods law
  • Food access program updates: SNAP and Market Bucks; changes to the WIC / FVV programs, PoP, and more
  • What market managers and produce farmers need to know about the implementation of the FSMA PSR (Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule)
  • Ask A Manager Panel
  • And more!

Thanks to our sponsors! 

Special thanks to our Premier Conference Sponsor: Compeer Financial



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