Farmers’ Market Resource
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture does not regulate farmers’ markets or the products sold at the markets. KDA provides assistance to markets to govern themselves
and to reach their goals.
Farmers’ Market Specialist
Janet provides the following services that support farmers’ market development and sustainability:
? Maintains a directory of Kentucky farmers’ markets and collects data;
? Provides technical assistance to both new and established markets;
? Provides retail marketing and merchandising education;
? Provides free market assessments to help markets direct energies toward
growing and improving the market;
? Maintains an e-mail distribution list to immediately contact growers to know
the latest news and marketing opportunities.
? Provides information on the Kentucky Proud? promotional program to
markets and market vendors.
? Serves as liaison with the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association. Janet can be contacted at (502) 564-4983 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica P. Anderson-Hinkle
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) – WIC and Senior These programs provide qualified individuals with vouchers for fresh fruits, vegetables
and herbs that are redeemable only at approved farmers’ markets with designated vendors. In 2003 this program provided Kentucky farmers’ markets $168,312 in the FMNP-WIC program and $276,302 in the senior program. Jessica can be contacted at (502) 573-0282
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Bobbie J. Butler
Division of Regulation and Inspection – Eggs The KDA regulates the sale of eggs within the Commonwealth. Bobbie can be reached at
(502) 573-0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Division of Regulation and Inspection – Scales
The KDA regulates weights and measures across the state. All scales used for
commercial sales, including farmers’ markets, must be legal for trade and accurate. Tom can be reached at (502) 573-0282
Kentucky State Apiarist
Phil provides help and assistance to beekeepers. He is knowledgeable about all applicable
regulations and requirements as well as marketing information. He produces a periodic
newsletter full of the latest information from around the state. Phil can be reached at (502)
564-3956 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Michael provides assistance to producers who wish to offer all types of certified organic
products. He may be contacted by phone at (502) 564-4983 or by e-mail at
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH — FOOD SAFETY
Mark Reed, R.S., MPA, MPH - (502) 564-7181, extension 3677;
Melissa Chauvin, R.S. - (502) 564-7181, extension 3853
The Kentucky Department for Public Health — Food Safety Branch is a
major partner with KDA in Kentucky’s farmers’ market program. The Food Safety Branch is charged with ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of all food products
marketed in Kentucky.
Mark serves as supervisor for the Food Manufacturing Section of Kentucky’s
Food Safety Branch. Individuals wishing to obtain a “commercial” food
processing/manufacturing permit should contact Mark for additional information. Ms.
Chauvin works with the home-based processing/farmers’ market program. Contact
Mark or Melissa if you have any questions regarding Home-based Processing
registration or home-based microprocessing certification. Mark and Melissa also
review home-based processor/home-based microprocessor applications for
compliance with pertinent mandates.
Mark can be reached at the above telephone number or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Melissa can also be reached at the above telephone number or by e-
mail at email@example.com.
Annhall Norris, R.S.
Annhall handles questions pertaining to value-added food product labels.
Annhall conducts label reviews of both “commercial” food products and products
produced under Kentucky’s farmers’ markets rules for home-based processors and
home-based microprocessors. Annhall also serves as an area field inspector for the
Food Safety Branch. Annhall can be reached at (502) 564-7181, extension 3683.
LOCAL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Environmentalist/Food Safety Professional
General questions concerning the sales/marketing of value-added food
products at farmers’ markets or on-site food preparation should be directed to the local health department in each county. The local health departments can address
inquiries regarding permit/inspection requirements for temporary food vendors. The
local health department food safety professional knows your community best and
should be your first point of contact when you are considering marketing value-added
foods or engaging in a temporary food service operation. A telephone/address listing
of Kentucky’s county health departments can be found at the following Department
for Public Health Web page: http://chfs.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/F37BDF08-7C60-4E61-
University of Kentucky Extension Service
The Extension Service maintains an office in each county in Kentucky where
you can access lots of information on marketing and production. Your local agents
can put you in contact with specialists at the University of Kentucky and connect you
to the latest research. In some counties the market is either supported or assisted by
the local Extension Service.
Some statewide specialists who frequently interact with farmers’ markets are:
Sharon Bale – Cut flower production, especially woody stems (859) 257-8605
Sandra Bastin – HB 391 and processing information (859) 257-1812
Tim Coolong – Vegetable production (859) 257-3374
Terry Jones – Fruit and vegetable production (606) 666-2438 ext. 234
Joe Masabni – Fruit production – (270) 365-7541 ext. 247
John Strang – Fruit production, marketing trends (859) 257-5685
John Wilhoit – Specialty crop mechanization (859) 257-3000, ext. 208
Tim Woods – Marketing – market trends. pricing, market structure (859) 257-
Kentucky State University Small Farm Program
Kentucky State University offers excellent services to small farms through
educational opportunities and research. A well-received effort is the “Third
Thursday” educational workshops. Held on the third Thursday of every month –
January through November - these free workshops cover topics as diverse as goats,
aquaculture, and organic topics. To find out more about “Third Thursday” or other
opportunities through KSU, call (502) 597-6437 or check out their Web site at
Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy
The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) provides a direct link
between the Governor and one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture.
The office administers the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) and the
Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC). For information on grant and
loan programs available to producers through KADF and KAFC, contact the
Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627 or visit the Web site at
Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association, Inc.
The Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association (KFMA) was formed in 2006 by a
group of farmers’ market vendors and managers who wanted to give a voice to
Kentucky’s farmers’ markets. Though the association has received funds from the
Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the association is an independent non-profit
The KFMA organizes committees to work on issues relating to farmers’
markets including legislation, insurance and market development and promotion. To
find out more about the KFMA, visit its Web site at
Marketmakerky.com is a free service for Kentucky producers. The new
buy/sell forum is a free online food classified advertisement for producers and buyers.
Producers can list what they sell, and buyers can list what they are interested in
Farmers’ markets are listed with all the details on days and times as well as products offered. An exciting feature is the mapping feature that allows consumers
who want to visit your market to click to a map that directs them to the exact location
of your market. To list your market on this service, you must submit the exact 911
address of the market. Visit the Kentucky MarketMaker Web site at
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Program
The voluntary Kentucky GAP program helps producers avoid contamination of
their produce during production, harvest and marketing. A partnership among KDA,
the Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky Cooperative
Extension Service researched science-based methods and critical points in the chain
from farm to fork and developed a three-part program for Kentucky producers. The KDA
believes compliance with voluntary GAP practices will provide a marketing edge for
The first part of Kentucky’s program is education. A curriculum has been
developed that has been given to county Extension agents to present to local producers.
During this class producers learn the best practices that will reduce the risk of their
product becoming contaminated. By completing this class the producer receives a
The second step is endorsement of a self-audit process with accompanying
workbooks. This step allows the producer to go over his or her operation step-by-step to
identify changes that may need to be made and record the process and comments there.
The third part involves third-party or buyer-specific verification. Much like the
process of organic certification, an inspector visits a farm and walks through the
production, harvest and transport system with the producer and verifies that GAPs are
being used. This level is usually only required for producers selling to large buyers.
Farmers’ markets in states where consumers have expressed a high interest in
food safety have moved toward requiring vendors to verify GAP compliance. Kentucky
hopes to avoid compulsory programs by offering a voluntary program with good farmer
For more information on Kentucky’s GAP program, visit www.kyagr.com and click on (GAP) Good Agricultural Practices from the programs list. Also see this
manual’s chapter on GAP, page 32.
North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association
NAFDMA is a 501(c)6 trade association dedicated to nurturing the farm direct
marketing industry. Members are farmers, farmers’ market managers, extension
agents, industry suppliers, government officials and others who are part of the
thriving farm direct marketing industry in North America. Members are involved with
agritourism, on-farm retail, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own, consumer-supported agriculture, and direct delivery. NAFDMA holds a conference each year where
attendees can learn about national trends, helpful tips and more.
Farmers’ Market Coalition
The Farmers’ Market Coalition is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the farmers’ market community. Though the organization is a membership
organization, information and assistance are provided to all. Visit their Web site at
United States Department of Agriculture — Agricultural Marketing Service
The USDA offers many great programs for farmers’ markets through its
Agricultural Marketing Service. Visit its Web site at www.ams.usda.gov/for details
on grants, technical assistance and educational materials.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has taken the lead in forming the
Farmers’ Market Consortium, a public/private sector partnership dedicated to helping farmers’ markets by sharing information about funding and resources
available to them. Besides several USDA agencies and the U.S. Department of Health
& Human Services, the Consortium includes the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg
Foundation, the Project for Public Spaces, and several farmers’ market non-profit groups.
The Consortium created the Farmers’ Market Resource Guide. The Resource Guide promotes a free flow of information between the programs that
support farmers’ markets. It is divided into four types of projects: market
development, producer training and support, consumer education and access, and
market promotion. The Farmers Market Resource Guide is available at
NOTE: They have a great interactive site for kids to learn about farmers’