Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager Course 2021/2022

The Illinois Farmers Market is pleased to offer a Certified Farmers Market Manager program for Illinois farmers market managers. 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.

The ILFMA Certified Farmers Market Manager Program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau. 


All virtual; interactive utilizing Zoom and Google Classroom
Recommended but not required: Completing ILFMA Farmers Market Manager Bootcamp or market manager with at least one year of experience.
• Monday evenings: 6-8:30 pm for 9 weeks
• Optional weekly technical assistance sessions for individual concerns or topics of interest


ILFMA Member: $250
Non-member: $350

Winter-Spring 2022 session available:

Register Here;

Winter-Spring Series




January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7

NEW: Social Media for Farmers Markets

 Three courses. Register for each. The recorded webinar will only be shared with registered participants 

Jennifer Newell, Digital Marketing Specialist

This three-part virtual series is highly beneficial for farmers market managers and farmers market vendors as Jennifer Newell, digital marketing specialist, takes you through opportunities to scale up your Instagram and Facebook, and showcase new features that use the power of video.

It’s a perfect opportunity if you are already familiar with Instagram and Facebook but are looking to expand your knowledge, take advantage of new tools offered through these platforms, and find more efficient and effective ways to reach your targeted audience.

Click on the Course title for the registration link. 

November 29; 12-1:30 pm

Course 1: Influence your Customers through Instagram

Are you influencing your customers on Instagram? If you answered “no” or “maybe,” then this is the course for you! In this course, you’ll learn how to create Instagram Stories and list under your “highlights” section, “go live,” and more. Note: This class is not an introduction to Instagram and assumes participants have a basic knowledge of using the platform.

December 3; 12-1:30 pm

Course 2: Boost Your Facebook Presence

You’ve been on Facebook for a while – but are your basic posts still good enough? This webinar will go over how to “go live” on Facebook and walk you through the steps to properly create a Facebook ad. Note: This class is not an introduction to Facebook and assumes participants have a basic knowledge of using the platform.

December 6; 12-1:30 pm

Course 3: The Power of Video and Reels

Learn how to use your smartphone to create video content for your social media channels, including Instagram reels. Bring your smartphone and be ready to participate in this engaging webinar perfect for farmers, vendors, and farmers market managers.

Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau




Home to Market Act-Changes to the Cottage

Food Law

Mary Liz Wright, University of Illinois Extension

January 4; 6-7 pm-register here

Join us for the Farmers Market Master series webinar on the changes in the Illinois Cottage Food Law.  With the signing of the Home to Market Act, cottage food laws are expanding as of January 2022.   Mary Liz will highlight the changes in the law as well as an overview of Illinois cottage food laws. 

The Home to Market Act-Changes to the Cottage Food Law webinar recorded October 27, 2021 is available here. 

Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau



Farmers Market Master Series

These courses are geared for farmers market managers that have completed the IL-CFMM program or experienced market managers looking to explore new and emerging aspects of running and sustaining a farmers market. It provides ongoing continuing education for all farmers market managers.

Potential topics include community engagement, Link shopper outreach, fundraising, sponsorship, finances, establishing regional cooperatives, vendor outreach, conflict de-escalation, technology, etc.

The ILFMA Farmers Market Master Program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.


Already Certified Farmers Market managers complete 12 hours of CEUs (no time limit) and become a Certified Farmers Market Master*
*Prior or concurrent completion of the Certified Farmers Market Manager course required.





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