If you want to open a market, grow a market, or make one more successful, talk to us.

Farmers’ Markets Ontario is your one-stop shop for everything from liability insurance to personalized advice, as well as for management, marketing and professional development. As a member, you not only gain access to expert knowledge and advice, you gain a powerful ally that will advocate on your behalf with municipalities, regulators and potential funders to help ensure the health and sustainability of your market.

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Benefits in detail

Personalized consulting to help with every aspect of farmers’ market management
  • Establishing a new market
  • Revitalizing an old one
  • Conducting a review of your operations
  • Strategic planning for your market
  • Determining your ideal vendor and product mix
  • Recruiting and training vendors
  • Establishing your market’s bylaws & constitution
  • Writing and enforcing your market’s rules
  • Ensuring food safety
  • Hiring a market manager
  • Developing a sound marketing plan
  • Budgeting
  • Fundraising
  • Converting a seasonal farmers’ market to a year-round public market
  • Dealing with City Hall and other bureaucracies
Advocacy on behalf of FMO members
  • Municipalities
  • The provincial government
  • Potential funding partners
Verification / certification of local farmers & markets
  • The MyPick® Verified Local Farmer® program
  • The MyMarket® Verified Local Market program
Certification Courses 
  • Market Manager Certification, a professional development course conceived by Farmers’ Markets Ontario
  • Vendor Certification, another professional development course offered by Farmers’ Markets Ontario

Administrative, marketing and operational supplies & services
  • Affordable liability insurance for your market and vendors
  • Member discounts on canopies and more
  • Printed and electronic resources, including industry publications, FMO’s newsletter, library resources, research reports, manuals and checklists
  • Listing on the FMO website in a consumer-friendly market finder
  • Toolkits of educational and promotional materials – including customizable local ads, tips on dealing with the media, how to plan and execute special events, promotional tools, vendor recruitment resources, and a comprehensive food safety manual
Learning and networking opportunities
Annual Farmers’ Markets Ontario Symposium for members:
  • An annual general meeting for market managers
  • Professional development seminars and workshops
  • Keynote speakers addressing important concepts and developing trends
  • An opportunity to network and share knowledge with fellow market managers
Market Managers’ Facebook Forum
  • An online community connecting market managers across the province to share news and views, tips and ideas, suggest solutions to each other’s problems and more.