For advice on everything from recruiting vendors to meeting regulations for selling eggs, farmers market organizers finally have a group they can turn to. With seed money from Charitable Connections Inc. and a $90,000 grant from the USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Georgia Farmers Market Association launched last fall to help grow our state’s market scene. One of its first orders of business: formalized training to set standards for future markets (until now, organizers have basically been winging it). The group is working with the Department of Agriculture and Wholesome Wave Georgia, and even training students from Emory University to run cooking demos starting this spring.
This article originally appeared in our January 2016 issue.