Governor Dayton Signs Safe Food Sampling Law!

MFMA Board Director Cecilia Coulter and Rep. Bob Barrett, testufying in front of the MN House Ag Committee.
MFMA Board Director Cecilia Coulter and Rep. Bob Barrett, testifying to the Minnesota House Ag Policy Committee, in support of HF2178.

MFMA's Safe Food Sampling bill was signed into law by Governor Dayton on April 10!

This law paves the way for safe food sampling at farmers' markets for all vendors and food demonstrations -- without any added licenses or fees. Additionally, it allows farmers with value-added food products to sample their food all year, instead of being limited to 21 days.

The MFMA has worked for the past year with many partners, including the MN Dept. of Ag and the MN Dept. of Health to accomplish this. We are very appreciative for their advice and support.

MFMA will roll out training to all market maangers and vendors in May on the details of the food safety requirements for this new law. For more details, please contact the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association at

Find a Minnesota Farmers' Market!

You have two handy ways to find your nearest farmers' market.

  1. Click here to find an alphabetical listing of all the farmers' markets certified with the MFMA.
  2. Our partners at Minnesota Grown (part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture) have a nifty website that lets you search for farmers' markets by location and/or days open. Click here to jump to the Minnesota Grown site to start your search. 



Register Today! Vendors Encouraged to Attend Nov. 6th Food Licensing Videoconference

MFMA is teaming up with MDA and MDH to talk food licensing issues at our Nov. 6th statewide videoconference in 10 different locations throughout Minnesota, from 12:30-4 p.m. Pick the location closest to you and join your neighboring farmers' market vendors and market managers to get your food licensing questions answered. The 10 locations are:

  • Bemidji
  • Crookston
  • Duluth
  • Fergus Falls
  • Mankato
  • Marshall
  • Rochester
  • St. Cloud
  • St. Paul
  • Staples
Registration is only $10! Plus, you can win prizes in our very cool and exciting food licensing quiz that immediately follows the session on food licensing! 
 Click here for complete details and to register online.


2014 Membership and Insurance Sign-Up

It's time to renew (or sign up new!) your MFMA membership and apply for general and product liability insurance.

Membership in MFMA is still just $70, for farmers' markets or vendors. 

General and product liability insurance is available to both farmers' markets and vendors.

Click here to go to MFMA's membership page.

Click here to go to MFMA's insurance program page. 

MFMA's YouTube Videos

Click this link to go to MFMA's YouTube page. There you will find the various educational videos we have created for you: 

Need an answer to a food license question?

The MFMA is working with the MN Dept. of Health and MN Dept. of Ag to revise statutes and rules to make them work better for today's farmers' markets and vendors. So if you have a question about the regulations governing Minnesota farmers' markets, email us at or call us at (320) 250-5087 to get help. We will work with you to expedite the process and help you find your answers.

What is a Farmers' Market?


• Freshness • Flavor
• Nutrition • Quality
Knowing Where Your Food Is Grown and Who is Growing It!

Farmers' markets are an opportunity for the public to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and food products directly from farmers, growers, or producers. Locally grown products are picked fresh and brought straight to the market and sold by the growers themselves. If you want to know where your food is grown, how it is grown, and who grows it, visit your local farmers' market today!

Why Should Your Farmers' Market and Vendors Join the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association?

The MFMA was created by a group of Minnesota farmers' market representatives and farmers in order to present a unified voice in the growth and regulation of local farmers' markets. Pooling our resources, knowledge, and contacts allows us greater impact on local, state, and federal ordinances and regulations.

The MFMA has evolved into a state-wide non-profit organization working for the common good in terms of marketing, promotion, product labeling, program development, self-regulations and standards, market and vendor liability insurance, public education, and much more on behalf of our member markets and vendors.

If you are not yet a member (farmers market or vendor), please take time today to look at the information available on this website and complete your application process.

We invite you to talk with any of our board members to learn more about how the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association can help sustain and grow your local marketplace!

Training Materials for Safe Food Sampling

MFMA's Safe Food Sampling legislation paves the way to offer safe and easy food samples at Minnesota farmers' markets.

MFMA developed training materials to help farmers' markets, vendors and cooking demonstrators successfully sample food at farmers' markets; you can find these in the MFMA Library.

If you need assistance, please contact MFMA at or call (320) 250-5087.

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association

MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.

MFMA envisions a community of vibrant, profitable and professionally-managed Minnesota farmers' markets that:


• cultivates, nourishes and inspires a vibrant local foods community

• provides accessibility to local farm fresh foods

• allows local food producers to thrive and grow


Farmers' Markets and Vendors, now is the time to sign up for MFMA's Insurance Program!


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