Farmer Market Legal Toolkit

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The Toolkit was created in response to recurring questions from market managers. It is built around the three most common legal issue areas that markets encounter: understanding business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing risks. This online Toolkit provides legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies on enhancing market governance structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks. Market leaders can use these legal tools to clarify responsibilities and expectations of markets, their vendors, and host sites, among others.

If you think this resource would be valuable to colleagues and partners, please forward this email, or spread the word on social media.


Want to learn how to use the Toolkit? Join us for a Webinar on the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit to learn about legal resources, best practice recommendations, and stories from other markets.

Webinar Date/Time: Thursday, February 1st, 2018 12:00-12:30 p.m. EST
Register here:

Sample Social Media Posts:

Farmers markets sell fresh food, but they also do a lot more. Your market might help local farmers and small businesses thrive, promote healthy food access for community members, train people in growing and cooking wholesome food, or support the local food system in other ways! Whatever the case, if your market is a strong business in its own right, it can keep doing what it’s doing. @CAFScenter, @FMCorg, and @NOFAVT just launched the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit to support strong markets. Learn more at

·        New Legal Resources from @CAFScenter, @FMCorg, and @NOFAVT for #FarmersMarkets and #FarmersMarketManagers. The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit includes legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies for market leaders on enhancing market governance structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks. Increasing #localfood and building vibrant #LocalEconomies across the country.


Note: In your posts, make sure to also tag the partner organizations @CAFScenter, @FMCorg, and @NOFAVT

Looking to improve how your #farmersmarket runs or start one in your community? Check

#FarmersMarkets support local economies, public health, and community engagement. Support your #farmersmarket!

How can I strengthen my #farmersmarket? Check out the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit:

Wondering what type of insurance is available for your #farmersmarket? Visit the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit:

#LegalResources, best practice recommendations, and case studies for #FarmersMarket

Prepare now for the the 2018 #FarmersMarket season with the Farmer’s Market Legal Toolkit. Resources and recommendations for best practices in local food sales.

#FarmersMarketManagers – here is your go-to resource for starting a farmers market, reviving a market, or improving an existing market.

Farmers and food advocates, the #FarmersMarketLegalToolkit will answer questions you haven’t thought of yet!

Answer questions about #FarmersMarkets, before hitting a bump in the road. #toolkit4farmers #LocalFood #educationforLocalFood #sustainability

#LegalResources for Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs from the team @CAFScenter @VLS @FMCorg

Have more fun selling #localfood in the 2018 growing season by planning and reducing your risks today. The new #FarmersMarketLegalToolkit provides resources and recommendations to get off to a good start in the new year. #FarmersMarkets and #FarmersMarketManagers rejoice.