iGrow Farmers Market Resource Manual

iGrow Farmers Market Resource Manual



Farmers markets have grown in popularity over the past decade – and as a result, there is an increased need for information about how to establish and successfully operate a farmers market, as well as requirements for selling at a farmers market.


To help address those needs and answer many of the questions about farmers market operations, the iGrow Farmers Market Resource Manual has been published by SDSU Extension.


Topics covered within the book’s 10 chapters include:

  • Steps for founding a new farmers market
  • Developing vision and mission statements
  • Drafting Documents: Market rules, association by-laws and vendor applications Decisions for operation
  • Risk management considerations
  • Promotion opportunities
  • Accepting electronic purchases and SNAP
  • Food handling and safety
  • Food product regulations
  • Tips for successful vendors


The manual is co-authored by three SDSU Extension staff with a combined 39 years of service: Joan Hegerfeld-Baker, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist; Rhoda Burrows, Professor & SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist; and Christina Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist.


Farmers Market Sample


This publication was supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 12-25-B-1487. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.