The Market Manager Certificate Program

2022 Program Details

The 2022 Market Manager Certificate Program will be hosted virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. The program will run from January 12 to February 23 with twelve webinars spread across the program’s duration. Webinars are streamed live on weekday evenings. The certification process will conclude with virtual presentations from full-program participants.

This year, the program will also include one to two optional in-person networking sessions for program participants at a mid-Michigan farmers market.

2022 Program Cost

Full Program

All Webinars and Materials | $250

Individual Webinar Registration

MIFMA Members & Members of the Taste the Local Difference | $20

Individual Webinar Registration

Non-members | $50

2023 Program Notification

To sign up to be notified when information for the 2023 program becomes available, fill out the form below. 

MMCP 2023 Interest Form

Sign up to be notified when information about the 2023 Market Manager Certificate Program becomes available.

Donate to the Julia A. Darnton Scholarship Fund


In 2011, the Michigan Farmers Market Association launched the Market Manager Certificate Program (MMCP) with the goal of professionalizing the role of farmers market managers. Becoming a certified market manager equips individuals with the skills, abilities, and networks necessary to provide leadership for thriving farmers markets.

Throughout the history of this program that has certified nearly 350 market managers across 6 states, there has been one individual who has made significant personal and professional investments in helping the program and the market managers it trains succeed. Julia Darnton is not only an alumnus of the inaugural class, but she continues to go above and beyond to support the program each and every year

Whether in her capacity as a former board member of the Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market, as a MIFMA Board member and professional development committee chairperson, or in her role as an Educator with MSU Extension, Julia has invested countless hours and immeasurable energy in helping this program become the premier certification program in the nation. Julia has hosted dozens of webinars, delivered presentations on a variety of topics, helped identify and recruit participants and presenters, helped craft program design and delivery, and served as an advocate for program resources. Without Julia’s investment, the program would not be what it is today.

In 2019, thanks to the generous contributions from supporters like you, the fund supported program registration and travel expenses for its first Market Manager Certificate Program scholarship recipient. The support enabled a Michigan farmers market manager to invest in their professional development and strengthen their own farmers market community.


In honor of Julia’s investment, MIFMA requests your support of the Julia A. Darnton Market Manager Certificate Program Scholarship Fund.

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