National Farmers Market Week is quickly approaching!

Join us in celebrating all things farmers markets from August 7-13th.

Tools to Celebrate!

National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to show the national how much value markets bring to their communities. Join in the fun nationally, state wide, and locally in your own towns! With fun events, specials, contests, and activities, the week helps to boost market attendance and visibility - while at the same time being loads of fun! Take a look below for proclamation templates and other resources to help celebrate.

Check out the National Farmers Market Coalition NFMW Toolkit
We've created Alaska specific resources for you to share during Farmers Market Week, like the graphic below, to help make planning your week easier!
Click here for Alaska specific Farmers Market week resources
Last year our Governor declared Alaska Farmers Market Week, and we're hoping for the same in 2022. We're also asking markets and market supporters to reach out to your local city coucil and mayors offices to encourage local Farmers Market Weeks as well! 

Share our photo contest Facebook post with your audience! We'll be accepting photos from vendors and shoppers of their favorite markets. The first 20 markets we receive submissions from will will lunch for their market manager! 

Share our Facebook post here

USDA Declares National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week
is going global!

The World Farmers Market Coalition is participating in the FMC National Farmers Market Week this year, for the first annual International Farmers Market Week! AFMA is a proud member of the World Farmers Market Coalition and we're excited for them to help us celebrate markets in Alaska, across the nation, and abroad!

WFMC is a budding organization that brings together farmers market coalitions, association, and support organizations worldwid. 
Read the letting from FMC inviting the WFMC to join Farmers Market Week!

Our brand new
Farmers Market Toolkit is here!

This toolkit, TWO YEARS in the making, provides most of the information you'll need to start a market or grow your existing market with more programs, along with helpful tips, tricks, and templates for running a successful market.
To navigate the toolkit, follow the chapter number and names along the left side of the screen. There are multiple chapters, each with subcategories that will open when you hover over the chapter name. In each chapter, you will find downloadable resources that you can adapt to your market’s needs. This toolkit is a living document and is meant to be updated regularly, so please send us any recommendations you may have or resources that you’d like to share. 

The toolkit is available online and as a print version–if you would like to request a physical copy for your market, or provide feedback, please contact us at The online version will be a living document and may change over time. Be sure to check back regularly for updates and additional resources that may not be included in your printed copy!

Later this summer we will release our updated FOOD ACCESS toolkit - updated to include tools for farmstands, individual farmers, and more to accept SNAP, WIC, SFMNP, gleaning programs, and more! STAY TUNED!

This project was funded by a 2020-2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Alaska Division of Agricultural and the USDA. A very special thank you to Kari Odden (Moontide Design) and Colleen Donovan (WA State Farmers Market Association), and to all the many market managers in Alaska and beyond who contributed to this resource.
Browse the Toolkit here

The summer market season can be busy and stressful - make you're taking time to recharge!

The USDA Farmers Market is celebrated International Self Care Day yesterday, July 24th, but self care day should be everyday! Mental wellness is so important to avoid burnout and continue to do the things you love at the market. We encourage you to implement self-care as part of your daily routine and make it a priority.

Some ways you can exercise self-care and resilience (from the USDA):

  • Get enough sleep
  • Seek help early on if you are feeling overwhelmed
  • Be aware of withdrawal and isolation
  • Medicate and connect with nature
Check out these strategies for self-care and resilience
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