What is a farmers’ market?

A farmers’ market is a self-policing non-profit organization that consists of farmers, gardeners, bakers, specialty food producers and/or crafters. The market members decide on their days and hours of operation and length of season, then attempt to create a viable presence of vendors at those times. According to Maine law, for a market to be called a “farmers’ market,” there must be 2 or more farmers, selling food produced on their own farms.

Farmers’ markets are an enhancement to any community, and add color, options, and a world of local goods that may not be available at the local grocer. It is helpful to understand that the market is an organized collection of independent growers each with their own standards of friendliness, quality, display, selection and price. They have joined together in a farmers’ market to assure the shopping public of regular hours, high quality, and wide selection, and to thereby attract more customers than any one of them could do alone.

Market members have agreed to follow the rules of the market and pay dues to the association as a prerequisite to sell at the market. Most farmers’ markets assure that each market member has obtained all proper state licenses for items being offered for sale.

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