- Cultivando Tradición: Community Garden Manual (Colonias Development Council)
- Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm (UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
- Food Business in New Mexico Guide E-510
Having a large group of vendors increases a market’s role in its community, providing business incubation, a social meeting place, and a variety of quality food.
Direct sales also increase farmers’ net income and provide communities with fresh, high-quality food, creating strong local economies and healthier communities. In addition to retail, you can operate a CSA at market to diversify your revenue streams.
Nearly all markets accept new farmer vendors at any time, but some markets have rules that restrict the number of other types of vendors such as food processors and crafters. The best way to find an appropriate market is to visit markets and meet market managers. Managers can provide farmers with information about government regulations, licensing, food assistance programs that the market participates in, market rules and fees, and the application process. Contact information for all markets can be found here.
If you’re trying to decide which farmers’ market(s) might be the best for you, go to our Find a Market page to check the opening dates, days of operation, and hours of markets in your area. Other factors to consider are demographics, site accommodations, market size, and the market product mix.
As farmers’ market participants, vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables are eligible to participate in public food assistance programs such as WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and SNAP if the market they attend participates. These federal/state programs serve nutritionally at-risk families and individuals and can greatly increase the earnings of New Mexico’s small farmers.