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 Prerequisite: Completing ILFMA Farmers Market Manager Bootcamp or market manager with at least two years 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

2 sessions available:

Fall/Winter Winter/Spring
November 8, 15, 22 February 8, 15, 22
December 6, 13 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
January 4, 11, 18, 25 April 5

Farmers Market Master Series

This course is 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, online stores, etc.
The ILFMA Farmers Market Master Program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Lunchtime Webinars Series:

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Four weeks, with a new or expanded topic each week. (registration and topics coming soon)

Series #1:

November 3, 10, 17, and December 3

Series #2:

April 14, 21, 28, and May 5


Managers and vendors can enroll for individual topics or receive a series discount.

ILFMA: $20 per topic or $60 per series. ($15 each)

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.

Non-member: $40 per topic or $100 per series. ($32 each)



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Farmers Market 101: Vendor and Market Manager

This interactive in-person workshop is for both vendors and farmers market managers. It will cover an overview of market management, marketing, maximizing sales and building a loyal customer base, updates to the cottage food law, and more.

9:00 am-3:30 pm – Full day of education, no program fee, lunch included.
(Supported by an Illinois Specialty Crop Grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.)

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Networking Event –
Donation to ILFMA: (includes snacks, specials, fun & more)
ILFMA Member: $15
Non-member: $25


3 Dates Available: Register early as space is limited.

October 13, 2021 – Rockford, Illinois
October 4, 2021 – South Suburban Cook County – Location TBD
October 11, 2021 – City of Chicago – Location TBD



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