Publications and Reports

Prescription for Health Programs in Michigan: An Overview of Programs and Best Practices

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) completed a survey of all known Prescription for Health style programs in Michigan. The results of the survey are highlighted in this publication. Each program is featured as a case study and summarizes best practices. Prescription for Health programs supports healthy behavior change for individuals and families through partnerships with healthcare and other providers who focus on supporting healthy eating (farmers and farmers markets) and/or community partners who provide opportunities for increased physical activity. Programs are commonly aimed at improving health outcomes for low-income patients with diet-related diseases.

Increasing the Number of Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP: An Assessment of Barriers, Needs, and Opportunities

In 2016, 55 percent of the 300 farmers markets in Michigan now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, a dramatic increase from only 2% in 2006 when MIFMA began its work. This assessment was conducted to explore the continued needs of farmers markets related to accepting SNAP Bridge Cards and how to bridge the gaps in technical assistance. The assessment included 25 percent of the 134 farmers markets not yet accepting SNAP Bridge Cards in Michigan.

Michigan Farmers Market Managers: Roles, Responsibilities, Compensation & Education Report

This study was conducted in 2016 to provide baseline information about the compensation of farmers market managers in Michigan and to help examine the effectiveness of educational programs that seek to professionalize the role of farmers market managers.

Starting a Farmers Market Feasibility Assessment Guide

Are you interested in starting a farmers market in your community? MIFMA’s Professional Development Committee has developed this feasibility assessment guide for communities exploring the idea of starting a new market.

Wine Sales at Farmers Markets FAQ

Public Act 100 allows the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a special permit to small winemakers for them to be able to offer samples and sell wine at Michigan farmers markets. These guidelines were developed through collaboration by the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA), the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). These questions and answers are intended to encourage compliance with Commission requirements for market managers that wish to partner with wineries.

Accepting SNAP Bridge Cards at Michigan Farmers Markets Manual

This 44-page resource manual will help you decide if your farmers market should accept food assistance benefits. If you decide to become an authorized SNAP retailer, it will help you implement this food assistance program.

Food Safety from the Farmers Market to the Fridge

Concerned about food safety when you shop? Here are some tips and guidelines to help you make sure that your food is safe from the farmers market to your fridge.

Flipchart of Emergency Procedures for Your Farmers Market

This flipchart is an informational resource and a tool or template to help farmers markets develop and establish protocols for handling emergencies at the market.

Food Access Reports

Bridging the Gap Report: Connecting Vulnerable Michigan Families with Local Food and Farmers 2017 SNAP Bridge Card Use at Michigan Farmers Markets Report

Bridging the Gap Report: Connecting Vulnerable Michigan Families with Local Food and Farmers 2016 SNAP Bridge Card Use at Michigan Farmers Markets Report

Bridging the Gap Report: Connecting Vulnerable Michigan Families with Local Food and Farmers 2015 SNAP Bridge Card Use at Michigan Farmers Markets Report

Bridging the Gap Report: Connecting Vulnerable Michigan Families with Local Food and Farmers 2014 SNAP Bridge Card Use at Michigan Farmers Markets Report

Bridging the Gap Report: Connecting Michigan Families with Local Food and Farmers 2013 SNAP Bridge Card Usage at Michigan Farmers Markets

Bridging the Gap Between Local Food and Michigan Families: 2012 SNAP Bridge Card Acceptance at Michigan Farmers Markets

Bridging the Gap Between Local Food and Michigan Families 2011 Report

Bridging the Gap Between Local Food and Michigan Families: Results of the 2010 Market Manager Survey Report

Bridging the Gap Between Local Food and Michigan Families: 2009 Report

Metrics

M&M Farmers Market in Menominee Full Report

Vantage Point Farmers Market in Port Huron Full Report

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Impacts Full Report

Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market Full Report

Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market Full Report

Munising Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market Full Report