Farmers markets provide farmers with an opportunity to sell directly to the public and connect with customers. In 2018, there were 8,720 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. This is an approximately 7% increase in the number of markets since 2013.
Although farmers markets vary in structure, all have rules and procedures vendors must follow. These are typically found in a market’s vendor agreement, which is a legally binding contract between the vendor and the market. This legal guide and the Model Vendor Agreement provide basic legal considerations and examples of sample language for market managers to consider and modify for individual use.