Starting a Farmers' Market

Farmers' markets are gaining popularity in Maine and across the nation

Farmers' markets provide an important supplemental source of farm income for many growers and producers. They also allow consumers direct access to locally grown, farm-fresh vegetables, cheese, eggs, dairy products, meats, fruits, seedlings and other value added Maine farm products. This is especially true for urban communities where fresh, nutrious foods are scarce and harder to find. Markets provide consumers with the unique opportunity to personally interact with the local farmers who grow the food.

  • The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets is an excellent resource to get started. There is great information and tips on how to start and promote a market, news and information about other Maine markets, examples of by-laws, insurance questions, and other pertinent links.
  • If you are looking for products please visit our searchable site for Maine producers at http://getrealmaine.com/index.
  • For details on farmers' markets accepting WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program) program please visit Maine WIC or call 800-437-9300.
  • Post your market on the Department of Agriculture's farmers' market website where it will be searchable on our site.
  • Get Real, Get Maine promotional materials
  • State statutes regarding Maine farmers' markets

Looking for information regarding CSA? (Community Supported Agriculture)

Permits Required For Selling at a Farmer's Market

For more information regarding starting a farmers' markets please e-mail John.Harker or call 287-3491.

Download Additional Information

EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) Guidelines

Information on becoming authorized to accept Electronic Food Stamps (SNAP) at Farmers' markets.

Farmers' Market Electronic Payments Project Report

Recommendation report on which markets would benefit the most from the ability to accept electronic payments. Questions about the market structure, telephone line and electric capabilities, and interest in the program.

Implementing WIC & SNAP at Maine Farmers Markets

Information on how to become certified to accept WIC & SNAP benefits.

QA&R Guidelines

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Quality Assurance and Regulations Division guidelines for licensing requirements on individual vendors at farmers' markets.

Sampling of Food Products

This is a policy from the Department of Agriculture, Quality Assurance and Licensing Division regarding food sampling at farmers' markets in Maine

SNAP & WIC Resources

Information on who to contact, application links, and where to find more information.