Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

Thank You!

to all attendees, guests, presenters, trade show exhibitors, caterers, staff at RECC / MFVGA / MFMA, for making our first ever converged conferences a tremendous success! Even the weather cooperated (more or less) - not bad for a MN January!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for 2020: January 16 & 17 back at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Come again & bring a friend!

MFMA staff and board at the conference tradeshow

Looking for handouts from this year's Conference?   Click here! 

Want to offer feedback on this year or suggestions for next year's conference? Click here.  

MFMA's 2019 Insurance Program for Market Vendors and Farmers' Markets is ready

with no price increases from last year!

It's that time of year again...

...time to renew insurance.

We've just found out that our underwriters won't be raising their premiums - so prices will remain the same as they have been since 2016. Great job on being safe and keeping our premiums low everyone!

Click here to renew or sign up. Remember, if you SELL at a market, you want VENDOR insurance. If you MANAGE a farmers' market, you want MARKET insurance.

If you need a paper form contact Director of Membership Services Jesse Davis at jdavis@mfma.org or (218) 259-9675

Grower Trainings

Produce Safety Rule of the

Food Safety Modernization Act

The Produce Safety Rule is a new law under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration that provides training for all produce farmers, no matter how big or small. MFMA strongly encourages ALL produce farmers in Minnesota to attend one of these trainings, even if your farm is exempt - it's really great training! Here are some points covered in the training:

  • Learn where your farm falls under the Produce Safety Rule - check out the Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions  flowchart from the FDA or FSMA and the Produce Safety Rule: does the rule apply to me? , a document created by our educational partners at the University of Minnesota Extension. Farms may fall under one of three categories (covered, qualified exempt, or excluded), with different requirements for each category. Where your farm falls depends on who you sell to, what products you sell, and how much you sell.
  • Take a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training class. This class is required for farms that are covered under the rule. All growers, including those that may be excluded from the full rule and any others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend.

To learn more about  FSMA Grower Trainings visit MDA's FSMA Grower Training page or visit their Online Registration Portal  to view and register for upcoming trainings. To be notified when new trainings become available please contact MDA at ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us .

Training Date Training Location

03/13/2019 Moorhead, MN at Hjemkomst Center
03/20/2019 Farmington, MN at University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office

Browse our Member Directory* 

Click here to find our farmers' market members.

Click here to find our vendor members.

*Already a member and want to update your directory listing? Login and update your profile using the link in the upper right hand corner of our website. Changes made there will update your directory listing.

InsuranceThe Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association offers a group insurance policy exclusively for MFMA member markets and vendors through Advantage 1 Insurance Agency. To learn more about our insurance and to sign up, click here.  

Cottage FoodsAre you interested in becoming a Cottage Foods producer? To do so you must take an approved food safety training class and register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Click here for more information.

Licensing & Safe SamplingDo I need a license to sell at the farmers' market? Is my food product safe to sample? We collaborate with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture to help members navigate the complex world of food regulations. Visit our FAQ or ask one of our experts.

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 

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

Director of Member Services: Jesse Davis /// jdavis@mfma.org /// (218) 259-9675 


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