Farmers Market Network

Through the Rural Farmers Market Network, we aim to bolster all 9 Gorge Farmers Markets through collaboration.

How it works:

  • Increase low-income access programs
  • Convene quarterly trainings for Farmers Market Managers
  • Use Mobile Market trucks to support markets (e.g. workshops on effective marketing)
  • Cooperative promotion through media, maps, punch cards
  • Aggregate sales data to track market growth Gorge-wide
  • Translate marketing materials and vendor application packets
  • Collaborate on vendor, musician, and volunteer recruitment
  • Share best practices, activity outlines, and inspiring stories for newsletters
  • Share resources like market rules, safety guidelines, and market manager job descriptions
  • Attend regional conferences together

Market Map:

Gorge markets cover 5 counties in Oregon and Washington.

Funding:

This program has been supported by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, The Washington State Farmers Market Association and The Meyer Memorial Trust.