Accepting EBT and Double Up Food Bucks at Your Farmers Market

Video Launches Thurs. 2/4 at 10AM

Want to ensure your market is accessible to all customers in your community? Join us to explore your options around accepting EBT and Double Up Food Bucks at your farmers market. We will feature presentations from Iowa's Wireless EBT Project, Iowa's Double Up Food Bucks, and MarketLink, as well as addressing frequently asked questions. Presenters:

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers Markets
Video Launches Thurs. 2/11 at 10AM

Looking for online sales options for your farmers markets? Whether it's using an existing platform, or building one of your own, you have options! Join us to gain insight into how online sales boost the community impact of your market. You will hear from five different farmers market leaders from Iowa about the systems they are using, the key features of each, and the pros and cons for the market manager, the vendors, and the customers across the board. Presenters:

​2021 Welcome from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig

23rd Annual Iowa Farmers Market Association Workshop

Special Events at your Farmers Market

Video Launches Thurs. 2/18 at 10AM

Attend this session on the use of Special Events to make your market a 'must attend' event for customers and vendors. Hear panelists discuss the use of timely and appropriate special events to advance the aura of market activity and enhance customer enjoyment and participation while maintaining and enhancing the market’s core values. Tips on involving local partners, promoting product availability, reaching an enlarged pool of customers while building and maintaining a loyal customer base.

LIVE: Questions & Answers with State of Iowa Contacts

Video Launches Thurs. 2/25 at 10AM

Join Paul Ovrom, State Horticulturist, Kurt Rueber, State Environmental Specialist, and Dr. Shannon Coleman, ISU Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Food Safety and Consumer Production during this live meeting.  Shannon will give an update on products and services available through ISU Extension; Paul will give an update on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, other Departmental updates, and what we might expect from the State on farmers market guidance as we move into the spring.  Kurt will run through some of his most frequently asked compliance questions and field questions from attendees.

*Note: We recommend you catch this live on our Facebook event page to directly submit your questions to the presenters.  

Like most everything this year, the Iowa Farmers Market Association is adapting to the COVID-19 virus, the 2021 Iowa Farmers Market Association Virtual Workshop was hosted virtually with workshop sessions held every Thursday in February. This year should be a great one for farmers markets, and the 2021 Workshop has some timely topics with great presenters. See the recordings below. 

Topics and dates for 2021 Were:

  • Session 1: Accepting EBT & Double Up Food Bucks at Your Farmers Market, Feb. 4, 10:00 a.m. 

  • Session 2: Online Sales Platforms for Farmers Markets, Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.

  • Session 3: Special Events! Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m. 

  • Session 4: Questions & Answers with State of Iowa Contacts, Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m.

​If your market is a member of IFMA and you haven’t already done so, please use the “bag link” below to complete the Farm Bureau bag request form.  If you’re interested in membership or need to renew your market’s membership, please use the “membership form” link below – or contact board member Lojean Petersen directly at .  New and returning IFMA markets are eligible for market bags, but they are only available for a limited time, so be sure to renew or join today!

For IFMA markets who are signed up to receive the Farm Bureau bags, our next pick-up date is on Sat. April 10th from 10am-2pm. Pick-up will occur at in Des Moines at: 10400 Hickman Rd., Clive, IA 50325. Door #15. (It is the Centennial Warehouse and the portion run by Ace Worldwide Moving is where the bag pick-up is). If you have questions on pick-up day, call Jim at (515) 278-5007.