Market Manager Certificate Program

2025 Market Manager Certificate Program Interest Form

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is cost to participate?

The cost for the full program is $350. 


Is in-person attendance required for the in-person sessions?

Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Examples of potentially qualifying factors for an exemption include health, childcare, or lodging barriers, as well as being located in the Upper Peninsula. MIFMA staff have the sole discretion to approve or deny any requests for an exemption.

Conflicting personal or professional engagements on the date of an in-person session will not be considered for exemption.

What topics are covered?

To review individual webinar and program objectives, please review the 2024 program brochure.

Where are the in-person sessions being held?

2024 in-person sessions were held at the Flint Farmers Market in Flint, Michigan. Location changes year-to-year based on previous locations and geographic location of attendees. Additional information about in-person sessions will be distributed prior to the first meeting.

Are participants required to stay overnight for the in-person sessions?

No. For those participants who do choose to stay overnight, recommended hotels information will be distributed once available.

Do I have to be a MIFMA member to participate?

Markets must be MIFMA members to register for the full program. Become a member here!

Anyone may register for and participate in individual webinars, though MIFMA and Taste the Local Difference members receive a discount on registration costs.

Where can I direct additional questions or concerns?

Please contact MIFMA Programs Manager Jenny Radon with any questions about the program at or by phone at (517) 432-3381.


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 over 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 our supporters, 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.

Click here to complete the donation form online

Click here for a downloadable donation form


Scholarship Applications for 2025 Program

Stay tuned for more information about the 2025 scholarship program.

“The knowledge I have gained from this program is extraordinary. There is so much more to a farmers market than I ever imagined. I plan to use everything I have learned here to make sure our market is successful.”

2022 Program Participant