Farmers Markets, Public Markets
Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage. They are businesses that contribute to local economic development, support sustainable businesses, offer a tourism attraction, and provide the local population with farm fresh foods. Farmers markets have risen in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown dramatically. They increased 79 percent from 1994 to 2002. According to the USDA Marketing Service, as of mid-2011, there were 7,175 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S. This is a 17 percent increase from 2010.
- Farmers Markets, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
- Farmers Market Search, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
- Local Harvest - Maintains a public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources
- Public Markets - Project for Public Spaces
Regulations Relating to Farmers Markets
- RCW 36.71.090 - Farmers, gardeners, etc., peddling own produce exempt from license requirements — Exception — Valid direct retail endorsement
- Health Regulations - See individual county health regulations
- Music at Farmers Markets may require licensing for use - There are three performing rights organizations, each of which administers a separate catalog of musical works. The American Society Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), BMI and SESAC have substantial rosters of composers, authors, and publishers. In 2002 the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) developed a joint license agreement with ASCAP and BMI to cover public performances of copyrighted music by local governments.
- Farmers Market Authorization/Endorsement, Washington State Liquor Control Board - Sale of Washington Produced Wine at Farmers Markets
Local Government Sponsored Farmers Markets
- Auburn International Farmers Market (Auburn, Algona, Pacific)
- Auburn Municipal Code Ch. 2.96 - Auburn International Farmers Market Advisory Board
- Burlington Municipal Code Ch. 2.30 - Burlington Farmers Market Department
- Issaquah Farmers Market, Issaquah Parks and Recreation
- Kirkland Juanita Friday Market - The Juanita Friday Market (JFM) is operated by the City of Kirkland, Parks and Community Services Department
- Si View Metropolitan Park District North Bend Farmers Market - The North Bend Farmers Market (NBFM) is sponsored by Si View Metro Parks. The Market has been established for the benefit of the community, the vendor and the consumer alike.
- Steilacoom Farmers Market
- Market Guidelines - The Steilacoom Farmers’ Market (the Market) is facilitated, coordinated, and managed by the Town of Steilacoom
Out of State
- Madison, WI, Dane County Farmers Market - The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the United States All items are produced locally by the vendor behind the table. The market is located on the sidewalk surrounding the State Capitol building grounds.
Farmers Market Facilities and Contracts for Facility Use
- San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild Friday Harbor Brickworks Project - A project to help local farmers establish a Permanent Farmers’ Market (PFM) as a major component for successful marketing of local agricultural goods in the islands
- Snohomish County - Reardon Unveils Concept for Premier Ag Market Center (), Media Advisory, 01/07/2011 - Creation of a 60,000 square-foot agriculture center that will house a full-time, year-round indoor farmers’ market, commercial kitchen and processing facility as well as farm-product distribution hub.
Farmers Market Licensing, Permitting, and Policy
- Zoning for Public Markets and Street Vendors, Zoning Practice, February 2009 - APA Member Log In (Available also through MRSC Library Loan)
- Edmonds Municipal Code Ch. 4.90 - Community Oriented Open Air Markets (Licensing of Market Site)
- Seattle Farmers Markets, Department of Economic Development
- Seattle Ordinance No. 123090 - Adopts and authorizes the establishment of a program regarding farmers markets, 09/21/2009
Temporary Use Permits that Include Produce Stands
- Oak Harbor Municipal Code Ch. 19.35 - Temporary Use Permits
- Puyallup Municipal Code Sec. 20.70.016 - Temporary Uses
- Redmond Zoning Code Ch. 21.46 - Temporary Uses (see Sec. 21.46.030(B)(8))
- Vancouver Municipal Code Ch. 20.885 - Temporary Uses
Farmers Market Rules and Regulations
Handbooks and Guides
Marketing and Tourist Promotions
Farmers Markets and Food Security