Farmers market managers

Find out what you need to know to manage a farmers market.

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Learn about farmers market managers duties and responsibilities.

Market manager duties

The market manager must:

  • Be present when the market is open to the public. 
  • Make sure all food vendors are permitted or licensed before operating at the market, unless they are an exempt vendor.
  • Keep an accurate record of each vendor:
    • Minneapolis ordinance 201.95 explains what to record.
    • Make sure records available to City of Minneapolis staff when requested. 
    • Keep logs for one year.

See duties of the market manager

Farmers Market Managers - Vendor records form

Read Minneapolis ordinance 201.95

Market manager responsibilities

Market manager responsibilities:

  • Supervision
  • Management
  • Control
  • Removal of vendors who were not invited to the event

Operating a licensed market

You need a license to open and operate a public market, including a:

  • Farmers market
  • Mini market
  • Produce or craft market

See Farmers markets license information

Green To Go at markets

Market managers are responsible for the collection and handling of to-go food and drink containers at their market. 

Market managers must:

  • Provide recycling collection bins for recyclable food and drink containers
  • Provide organics collection bins if any vendors use compostable plastic food containers
  • Have systems in place to send materials collected for recycling or composting

Visit Green To Go for more information 

Additional information

Find resources to help you run your market.

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