Farmers’ markets: Feeding the hungry

  • Farmers’ Markets and Food Cupboards. Several ways in which food from Maine farmers’ markets can make its way to the hungry. Detailed descriptions of methods already in place and working.
  • Gleaning. Allowing people come in to “clean up” after your harvest is over.
  • Set up a system for using EBT at your farmers’ market.
  • Teach people how to garden. Connect with your community, promote your farm and your market by sharing your skills in talks to groups organized by other organizations.
  • Offer bulk pricing on products when they are in abundance. [coming soon]
  • Open a market, or a branch of your market, within walking distance of a low income community. [coming soon]

About Tom Roberts

When I started attending the Brewer Farmers’ Market back in August of 1983, my sole concern was being able to sell the produce my farm was growing at a good price. After attending market for a year or two, I began to realize that how the market was organized had a great impact on my sales. And how the market was organized also influenced how it made decisions about dues, new members, what could be sold at market, and how it promoted itself—and this, too, had an impact on my sales. So I got involved in the market’s steering committee and began to understand how various market members thought the market should operate. Some wanted a market czar, some wanted everyone to be allowed to do their own thing. But everyone seemed to agree that if the market as a whole did well, then so did they.