Maine Farmers’ Market Convention 2009

Organized by the Down East Business Alliance

Overview of the 2009 Event

The 2009 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention took place March 20-22 at Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) in Winter Harbor, ME. Nearly 100 people joined us on beautiful Schoodic Point to inspire and invigorate their farmers’ markets.

Our dynamic speakers included Steve Miller, Greg Franklin, Gabe McPhail, Monique Bouchard and other panelists from all over Maine with Deb Burwell as our lead facilitator. Workshops included topics such as: Working with Municipalities, Selling Your Best, Customer Service, Electronic Banking, Marketing, Recruiting and Retention and more.

The 2009 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention was sponsored by the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Marketing Service, Maine Department of Agriculture, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Farmers’ Market Coalition, Heart of Maine RC&D, and the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. Please support those who supported us.

Comments from 2009 Participants
What they said about the 2009 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention:
“This is a good time!” – Lynn Cottrell
“This year I will be setting up a farm stand next to my house. I am going to attempt to recruit a market manager. This gives me a good starting point.” – James Nichols
“I have gotten many ideas which can be put to use.” – Carol Varin
“Great info to bring back to the market manager. Great location. Very well organized. Super helpful staff. Engaging presenters.” – Jennifer Polley
“Thank you for this excellent conference fairly close to home. It’s been both enjoyable and educational.” – Carol Varin
“I really appreciate the opportunity. I learned a lot in a very short period of time.” – Lynn Cottrell
“It was good to get together with other growers/vendors to share. The setting was great, excellently run and very professional in all ways. It allowed us to stop and think about our market/set-up before the season starts.” – Ted and Liz Carter

Photos from the 2009 convention are here.  Add photos? There aren’t that many.

2009 Speakers
For a full list of speakers from all conventions with their bios and photos, visit Convention Speakers.
Amber Lambke
Amy Carrington
Dave Milan
Deb Burwell
Gabe McPhail
Greg Franklin
Joe Slocum
John Harker
Kayla Colby
Linda Edgerton, CMSM
Mark Guzzi
Marshall Piper
Michael O’Connor
Monique Bouchard
Ricardo Krajewski
Ron Beard
Sarah Smith
Steve Miller

Workshop Handouts
No workshop handouts are available from this convention.