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. 
  • The market manager must make sure all food vendors are permitted or licensed before operating at the market, unless they are an exempt vendor.
  • The market manager must keep an accurate record of each vendor:
    • Minneapolis ordinance 201.95 lists the information that must be recorded.
    • The records must be easily available and given to City of Minneapolis staff when requested. 
    • Logs must be kept for one year.

See duties of the market manager

Farmers Market Managers - Vendor records form

Read Minneapolis ordinance 201.95

Market manager responsibilities

The market manager is responsible for the market:

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

Operating a licensed market

Opening and operating a farmers market or other public market in Minneapolis requires a license with a plan review approval. 

Minneapolis has three types of market licenses: 

  • Farmers markets
  • Mini markets
  • Produce and craft markets 

Download the application

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.

Related links

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 

Minnesota Grown Directory

Market Bucks - Hunger Solutions Market Bucks program matches SNAP-EBT spending dollar-for-dollar (up to $10) at participating farmers markets across Minnesota.

Farmers Markets of MPLS Collaborative

USDA resources about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and farmers markets


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