Become A Sponsor

Position your company and expose your brand to farmers market managers, farmers, and/or shoppers by becoming a sponsor of one or more of MIFMA’s programs or events. These opportunities enable you to reach attendees before, during and after the events. Your participation as a sponsor will enable MIFMA to continue to work toward our mission of advancing farmers markets in creating thriving marketplaces for local food and farm products.

MIFMA provides different levels of sponsorship opportunities and recognition that coincides with each level. Please feel free to choose a level that reflects your interest and capacity or contact us to customize a sponsorship packet that suits your organization.

Become a Sponsor now and contribute online by clicking the links below.

Farmers Market at the Capitol

 

The mission of the Farmers Markets at the Capitol is to provide a thriving marketplace that showcases Michigan food and agricultural products in an effort to educate our state decision-makers on the importance of supporting farmers, ag-based businesses, and farmers markets.

These public-facing events are the visual cornerstone of MIFMA’s work to advocate for farmers markets and farmers and vendors across the state. The 2021 Farmers Markets at the Capitol market reached over 3,600 shoppers that spent more than $50,000 with 40 unique Michigan farmers and small business owners in a single event. This included more than $640 in food assistance benefits redeemed at the market, demonstrating that the event was accessible to shoppers of all income levels.

While only one event was hosted in 2021 due to the pandemic, MIFMA is proud to announce the return of our full season of markets on July 21, August 18, and September 29. We welcome sponsorships for a single market, or all three!

You can review the full 2022 Sponsor Packet here!

Complete your application with the link above by mail, or fill out the online form here. If you have any questions,  please email MIFMA Communications Manager Hailey Lamb at hailey@mifma.org.

Sponsor Farmers Market at the Capitol!

Julia A. Darnton Market Manager Certificate Program Scholarship Fund

The Market Manager Certificate Program is a voluntary program designed to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management.

Supporting market managers pursuing professional development through the Market Manager Certificate Program benefits the community by:

  • Helping to create a stronger, more accessible food system in your community
  • Supporting the ongoing education of a community organizer – your farmers market’s manager
  • Strengthening community development and prosperity
  • Standing behind the entrepreneurs and small businesses who seek to thrive within a farmers market setting
  • Professionalizing the role of a market manager and encouraging active leadership and retention of this important community position

By contributing to the Julia A. Darnton Scholarship Fund, your donation will allow MIFMA to select a market manager from a pool of qualifying candidates and offer support with program registration and related expenses. Scholarship donations provided for MIFMA to distribute are welcome at any amount.

Click here to complete the donation form online

Click here for a downloadable donation form

Michigan Farmers Market Conference - Exhibitors and Sponsors

 

Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors who joined us at the 2022 Michigan Farmers Market Virtual Conference! This event reached farmers market managers and stakeholders with information about the emerging trends in the Michigan farmers market community. Cornerstones of the conference included ample networking opportunities, a keynote speaker, and engaging roundtable discussions.

2022 Sponsor Information

Exhibitors and sponsors can host a virtual “booth” that conference registrants can access on the home page of the conference platform at any time throughout the event. Here, exhibitors can display a film, offer a special discount, and sign participants up for your newsletter. Exhibitors and sponsors are also able to list resources, share information, and more. Learn more about the possibilities for your virtual booth here.

In 2021, we hosted over 100 attendees at the first virtual format Michigan Farmers Market Conference. The audience included beginning and advanced farmers market managers, educators, farmers, and other members of the local food system. Attendees said that they were very likely to attend the 2022 conference as well as recommend the event to another farmer or market manager.

Sponsorship has closed for the 2022. We look forward to sharing information about the 2023 conference when it becomes available!