Farmers Market Legal Toolkit

Legal resources for building resilient and accessible markets.

Strengthen Your Market

The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit includes legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies for market leaders on selecting and enhancing business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks.

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Pick A Business Structure

Learn why business structures matter, then explore your market's options and their legal implications.

Explore business structures
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Implement SNAP/EBT

Learn how to develop and implement a well-designed SNAP program at your farmers market.

SNAP resources & guidance
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Manage Your Risks

Identify common legal risks markets face and best practices for managing them.

Market risks and management tools

Case Studies

This Toolkit includes case studies highlighting real experiences from markets around the country that illustrate specific legal issues covered here.

Explore case studies
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Why a legal toolkit?

Across the country, farmers markets are supporting small farms and businesses, increasing access to fresh foods, and meeting a host of other community needs.

Farmers markets are collections of relationships within a community--between markets and host sites, managers and vendors, farmers and customers, and many more. Legal tools can help clarify responsibilities and expectations within those relationships, whether you are a farmers market manager, vendor, host site, or customer.

This toolkit is designed and developed for market leaders who, together with their vendors, are looking for legal tools and resources to help them build resilient farmers markets in their communities.

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Our Partners

This Toolkit was developed in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and the Farmers Market Coalition, and is supported with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the USDA National Agricultural Library.