Stay tuned for details on the 2025 Certified Farmers Market Manager Course!

Managing a farmers market is challenging, and requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. This interactive program learning experience will address real-world market issues, and train market managers in best practices for successful farmers markets. Certification Program is led by ILFMA leaders, successful market managers and guest speakers

Recommended Prerequisite: Completing Farmers Market 101, ILFMA Farmers Market Manager Bootcamp or market manager with at least two years of experience.

About the Course

All CFMM classes are virtual, interactive, and utilize Zoom and Google Classroom. Classes take place on Monday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.


  • Nuts and bolts of successful market and vendor management
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Food Safety and COVID-19
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Governance, finances, and funding
  • Managing Market relationships
  • Nutrition Assistance Programs
  • Technology, metrics and certifications
  • Market programming


  • Refined farmers market mission statement
  • Marketing Plan
  • Emergency Plan
  • Network of Farmers Market Managers
  • Sponsorship proposal
  • Market Operations Notebook and plan
  • Each participant will receive the ILFMA Training Manual and ILFMA Certification

This program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.