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Using the word “organic” when selling at farmers’ markets

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by Heather Omand, MOFGA Organic Marketing Coordinator homand@mofga.org MOFGA encourages market members and managers to monitor the use of the term “organic” at your market. The National Organic Program law, http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop, requires compliance with its regulations in order to use the term organic.  If you gross more than $5,000 a year from the sale of organic […]

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Types of farmers’ market members

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It may be useful in discussions about markets to categorize all the various members of farmers’ markets in some way. It is acknowledged that there are certainly other ways to categorize market members and that this particular method of ignores the size of their operation, although most of Maine’s farmers’ market members are micro-businesses, too […]

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How do YOU spell it?

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You see it on your market’s signs. You probably have to write it at least a dozen times a year. Not everyone has the same understanding of basic English grammar to get it right every time. Here’s how an English teacher might explain it: Farmer’s Market: a market belonging to a single farmer. Farmers’ Market: […]

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Market rules and by-laws: What’s the difference?

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Many people use the terms “Rules” and “By-Laws” interchangeably. They are similar, but have basic differences. You might think of the difference this way: By-laws are like our Constitution, and Rules are like our laws. Rules (sometimes called “guidelines” or “regulations”) are for the day-to-day operation of the markets. They are often changed a little […]

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Dependent Markets vs. Independent Markets

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Consider for a moment the way farmers’ markets are organized. Not whether or how they are incorporated, not how many or what kind of members they have, but rather how and whether the membership is involved in the management of the business of being a farmers’ market. There seems to be two general categories: those […]

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A 2020 vision for Maine’s farmers’ markets

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The future reality of farmers’ markets can be determined to a great degree by today’s vision of what we’d like to see, and on what tools we have and can develop to bring that vision about. This article discusses our understanding of where we are today, and what choices we might make to bring about […]

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