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The Iowa Farmers’ Market Association (IFMA) has announced the speaker scheduled for the 2015 Iowa Farmers Market Workshop. The workshop is planned for Saturday, Feb. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.

  The Keynote Speaker will be Cindy Gannon, Marketing Coordinator - ISU Extension, who will present “Social Media Explained” during the morning session and “Social Networking – Tips, Tricks and Perspectives” during the afternoon session.
Other Speakers
James Romer, Compliance Officer, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals speaking about regulations for food sampling/selling at farmers markets.

Bio: James Romer has been with the Department of Inspections and Appeals Food and Consumer Safety Bureau since 2011. He currently serves as the Bureau’s Compliance Officer. In addition to other duties, James answers the public’s regulatory questions related to manufactured/processed foods and farmer’s markets. Prior to employment with the Department of Inspections and Appeals, James worked for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Dr. Angela Shaw, ISU Assistant Professor of Food Safety
Dr. Catherine Strobehn, Extension Specialist & Adjunct Professor in the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies & Hospitality Management at Iowa State University will be speaking on food safety training

Download the Registration Form (and more information) (pdf)

Download the IFMA Brochure (pdf)

Download the IFMA Membership Application(pdf)

The IFMA Board of Directors is looking for 3 members.

Meetings are held quarterly (approx.), except during Market season, by telephone (so no travel required, except for the Workshop).

Help make decisions for the good of Iowa farmers markets and the annual workshop. Please contact Dawn Troutner at

Since 2002, the Iowa Farmers' Market Association
(IFMA) has been working to educate the public about the many benefits of farmers markets. Our efforts include public displays and training about farmers markets. 

We believe that farmers markets are important to local and state economy, the health of our communities, and sustainable agriculture.

IFMA is dedicated to encourage the producers and entrepreneurs who make Iowa's terrific farmers markets possible, and to helping people find and enjoy their local farmers market.

IFMA sponsors the annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop, which provides training and continuing education for market managers and vendors.  


2015 Workshop Sponsors and Contributors


Harris Seeds

Iowa Farmers’ Market Association

Iowa Department of Agriculture and
Land Stewardship

First Christian Church

Iowa Farm Bureau

The Machine Shed Restaurant

  Black’s Heritage Farms

3 Bee Farms Market and Orchard

Linn Coop Oils

Seed Savers Exchange


Do you want to start a farmers market?

Get help and information from the Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Here's the link:



Reasons to Shop at
Your Local Farmers Market

Locally grown food is better for you.
The produce for sale at the Market was picked just hours before you buy it, not days or weeks before and then shipped here. It is crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor and nutrients.

Locally grown food tastes better.
Commercial fruit and vegetables are hybrid types with tough skins that are grown for looks and shipping, not for flavor.

It’s part of green living.
Less fuel is used to get locally grown food to the Market. Produce is grown within easy driving distance of the Market.

Buying locally grown food supports nearby producers and farm families.
Your money goes right to the grower, instead of to large corporations and freight companies

Shopping at the Market builds community.
You get acquainted with the growers, learn about the produce, and often see friends and neighbors.

Locally grown food preserves our open spaces.
Because buying locally grown food is increasing, selling farmland for development becomes less likely.

Local food keeps your taxes in check.
Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services.

Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
Family farms value the resources of fertile soil and clean water.

Local food is about the future.
By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in our area tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food.

Adapted from ©2001 Growing for Market

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