The BCAFM is here to serve the needs of our member farmers’ markets. We are committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers' markets in all regions of British Columbia, so you, our members can continue to support local farmers and artisans and provide British Columbians with fresh healthy local food. Learn more.
Start a Farmer's Market
Organizing your start-up
- Secure a location.
- Set days and times of operation.
Register as a Non-Profit Society.
You can obtain a package from your local Access Centre
Some items to be completed:
A name search
Registration of the society
- Draw up your Constitution and Bylaws
- You will receive a Certificate of Incorporation No.
- An annual report must be filed after your AGM, including a financial statement.
- You can obtain a package from your local Access Centre
- Maintain a membership list.
Establish a bank account.
- Should have 2 signatures.
- An account as a Non-Profit Society may be eligible for no-fee banking. (Check with your local Credit Union.)
- A chequing account - for current expenses
- A savings or term account - for future expenditures and set-up monies for next year's market.
Business License as a Market
All communities handle this differently. Most communities' markets pay for one license to cover all vendors.
Check into Insurance
Membership with the association will give you the opportunity for an exceptional group insurance rate.
- Find out about becoming a member of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets. Click here.
Following are other things to be considered:
- Stall fees
- BC Association of Farmers' Market membership fees
- Market rules and regulations
- Organizational design
- Advertising and promotion
- Market Manager - paid or unpaid
- Regional Health Department
- Contact your municipality with these recommendations in mind: Click here .
- Find out about our programs that will help you and your market grow. Click Here
Why start a farmers' market? Here are some of the benefits.
- Self-help for local and small farmers
- Add to local food economy
- Reduce environmental impacts
- Rural/urban links
- Possible town/city centre regeneration
- Invigorate secondary shopping areas
- Other retailers/food outlets benefit
- Educational-awareness of farming, seasonality etc.
- Fresher, locally grown foods available
- Organic/environmental issues
- Social/improve community spirit
- Add to tourism
- Can be self-sustaining
For more information see this document: www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/aec/aec77/aec77.pdf