Interest in farmers' markets is growing across Kansas, with the number of these markets increasing more than four-fold in the past two decades. The growth of farmers' markets is closely tied to community efforts to support local producers (sources of fresh, local, and healthy foods) and grow local economies. The resources included in this guide provide direction to local communities seeking to support the development, growth, and success of local farmers' markets in Kansas.
The growth of farmers’ markets in Kansas is closely tied to community efforts to support local producers (sources of fresh, local, and healthy foods) and grow local economies. The resources included in this guide provide direction to local communities seeking to support local Kansas farmers’ markets.
State laws can impact what happens to food as it travels from the farm to someone shopping at a farmers’ market in Kansas. Understanding how state laws impact a farmers’ market will help ensure that your community farmers’ market follows state law and optimizes state programs promoting farmers’ markets, while also making your market a safe place for vendors and customers.
Local governments regulate farmers’ markets in different ways. Some local governments use specific language to regulate farmers’ markets while others regulate farmers’ markets in the same way that other types of food establishments or businesses are regulated. This resource provides an assessment of different ways local Kansas governments regulate farmers’ markets to support community efforts to strengthen and support new and existing farmers’ markets.
Farmers’ markets often have handbooks or specific rules for vendors and market operations. This resource provides a list of different considerations a market may want to include in the market and vendor rules.
The organization of a farmers’ market can impact how that market is treated by federal, state, and local governments. This resource provides information on organizational considerations a Kansas farmers’ market may want to evaluate, including: registration with the Central Registry of Kansas Farmers’ Markets; differences between tax exemption of non-profit organizations under federal law and non-profit organization status under Kansas state law; and advantages and disadvantages of a Kansas farmers’ market applying for non-profit status.
Kansas can benefit from increasing the amount of local food that is served in public institutions, such as agencies and schools. This report introduces readers to three different forms of farm to institution: farm to agency, farm to school, and farm to preschool and child care. Each section provides a brief overview, a discussion of the roles of the different levels of government over that type of farm to institution, the current Kansas laws and policies on that type of farm to institution, and recommendations for how local food advocates in Kansas can increase farm to institution efforts across the state.