Farmers’ markets are a great place for beginning farmers to market their products, and selling at farmers’ markets requires low start-up costs. Farmers’ markets provide the opportunity to engage with customers allowing for direct communication and feedback. Selling at a farmers’ market can lead to other sales, such as restaurants, ethnic markets, or subscription sales.
Oregon Farmers' Markets Association - The mission of OFMA is "To support local agriculture and healthy communities by strengthening and promoting Oregon’s farmers markets. OFMA supports and uplifts Oregon Farmers markets by helping provide resources to market staff, market vendors, advocate with policy and continue to work on equitable food access.
Oregon's Farm Direct Marketing Law allows farmers to sell, direct to end users, certain agricultural products that they themselves grow, without an Oregon Agricultural Department food safety license. The Law also exempts from licensing certain processed products made from ingredients grown by the farmer.
Read more about the Law and rules in these two ODA guides:
Many farmers markets in Oregon accept EBT cards (also called Oregon Trail cards) so that low-income people and families can use SNAP benefits at the market. The Arkansas Farmer's Market put together a training video for vendors: Market Vendor Training: How to perform SNAP transactions.
Creating an inviting and attractive farmers market booth can draw the eye and business of shoppers. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has a presentation on Effective Farmers Market Booth Displays.
North American Farm Direct Marketing Association - North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association is a Membership Association dedicated to nurturing the farm direct marketing industry.
Local Farmers' Markets
Farmers Markets in Oregon - OFMA member markets are posted with complete market information including market times, dates, location and type of payments accepted. To find a market near you, visit the member directory below or click on a location on the interactive map.
Farmers' Markets and Roadside Stands Finder - Whether you are planning a trip to Oregon, planning to move here, or already live here, the finder can help identify the farmers markets and roadside stands most convenient to you.