Illinois Farmers Market Association

Starting a Farmers Market in Your Community 

Farmers markets are a great asset for any community. Across the U.S., USDA reports over 8000 farmers markets. Farmers' markets are great community gathering spaces and fun events. But they are so much more. Farmers markets provide access to healthy food and act as business incubators, stimulate local economies, help preserve America’s rural livelihood and farmland, and supports good health. Each farmers market is as unique as the community that hosts it. So, there is no cookie-cutter approach to creating a successful farmers market.

Check out our Guide with more information on:

  • Need for Market 
  • Budget & Funding 
  • Structure & Function 
  • Legal Entity Options 
  • Mission Statement & Goals 
  • Location 
  • Rules & Regulations 
  • Market the Market 
  • Becoming an ILFMA Member

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