Farmers Market Network

New in 2017! Gorge Grown is partnering with Oregon Farmers Market Association (OFMA) to offer an afternoon of Rural Farmers Market Workshops.

This FREE interactive series of workshops and small group discussions will focus on topics particularly relevant to rural, small scale or resource limited farmers markets, and will take place from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday, February 17th, immediately prior to the Annual OFMA Meeting and in conjunction with the OSU Small Farms Conference on February 18th.

 

Click here to register for the 2017 Rural Farmers Market Workshops. Travel scholarships are available.

 

This event is supported by USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Through the Rural Farmers Market Network, we aim to bolster all 10 Gorge Farmers Markets through collaboration.

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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.

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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.