The ten core principle of a real farmers’ market ~ by The Farm Retail Association.
The Farmers’ Market certification provides market organisers with the licence to state that the markets they operate in are “Real Farmers’ Markets”. To achieve this status, the market organiser or organisations must satisfy FARMA that they aim to fulfil the ten core principles of a Farmers’ Market. These principles are:
- Audited:The markets are independently audited to provide customers with confidence that this is a “Real Farmers’ Market”.
- Champion the farmers: Insures that customers get to buy directly from the farmers, growers and producers who grew and produced the products on sale.
- Insured: All traders and markets must have suitable Public, Product, and Employment insurance in place to protect their customers.
- Knowledgeable: The person selling at a “Real Farmers’ Market” understands how the product has been produced from seed to plate.
- Legal: All traders and markets must follow all relevant EU, UK and local laws and bylaws.
- Local businesses: Markets recruit stallholders from as close to the market as possible.
- Locally sourced: Ingredients sourced by a producer in the production of their goods are found as locally as possible to the market and producer.
- Produced by the seller: That consumers can only buy items produced by the business that is also selling it.
- Promoted: The market clearly talks to its customers about the products and farms that make this a “Real Farmers’ Market”.
- Well managed: The market organiser and/or organisation has sound systems and processes in place to ensure that the above principles are enforced at all times.
Hampshire Farmers’ Market achieved accreditation by The Farm Retail Association (then FARMA) in 2002, giving our customers assurance that our markets are affiliated to an official and respected organisation.