The number of farmers markets continues to grow across the nation as more communities and organizations seek to bring farm-fresh food to their residents. Farmers markets can be places for civic gathering, abuzz with entertainment and other activities that can enhance a customer’s shopping time at the market. Farmers markets also play a vital role in strengthening a community’s social fabric by leveraging many measurable impacts such as economic, health, social, and environmental benefits. As more communities and organizations seek to start a new farmers markets, governance guidelines and operational best practices should be incorporated to strengthen the market’s potential for success and sustainable operations.
Kimberly A. LaMendola, Regional Development Coordinator and Food System Projects Manager for Southern Tier West Regional Development & Planning Board presented on our WNY PHIP webinar last month. With the Farmers Market season winding down, Kimberly discussed the many benefits that a farmers market can provide for a community and reviewed the key considerations a host community or organization should consider in the start up process.
If you missed the webinar, you can find it on our website now!