Plan Your National Farmers Week Market Celebration!

National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13 and ILFMA wants to help you plan your market’s NFMW celebration! This free virtual webinar will give you tips, marketing ideas and information to help you use NFMW to highlight your farmers market. We can give you the tools to  strengthen your marketing message and improve your market’s visibility throughout this week long national event!

Tuesday, June 21
12:00PM – 1:00PM

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This webinar is being presented by the Illinois Farmers Market Association, who is partnering with the Farmers Market Coalition this season to publicize National Farmers Market Week in Illinois.

Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager Course (coming winter 2022/2023)

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 and learning experience addresses real-world market issues and trains 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.

Optional weekly technical assistance sessions for individual concerns or topics of interest


ILFMA Member: $250
Non-member: $350

Farmers Market Masters Series – Coming soon

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

Farmers Market Masters courses are geared for farmers market managers that have either completed the IL-CFMM program or are experienced market managers looking to explore new and emerging aspects of running and sustaining a farmers market. This program 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.

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.


Farmers Market Manager 101 – A New Season (virtual)

Add skills to your market toolkit and start your season off right with these free online workshops! May 11 session covers SNAP/Link opportunites and prepping for the upcoming season, May 18 session covers marketing methods and successful social media tactics. Grow your skills for a great 2022 market!

Session One – SNAP/Link Opportunites & Market Prep
Wednesday, May 11
12:00PM – 1:30PM

Session two – Branding & Social Media
Wednesday May 18
12:00 – 1:30PM 


This program is supported by an Illinois Specialty Crop Grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture