Founded in 1979, the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support vibrant and sustainable farmers markets in Washington State through member services, education and advocacy.

The WSFMA represents and serves over 1,000 direct market farmers at 111 farmers markets in 25 counties and 88 cities or towns. In 2016, these markets generated more than $47 million in annual sales and supported hundreds of small and local Washington farmers, food producers and artisans. WSFMA member markets attract over 3 million of visitors per year from across the state, as well as travelers from around the country and across the world each year.

Mission

To support and promote vibrant and sustainable farmers markets in Washington State through member services, education and advocacy.

Vision

Strong, resilient farmers markets where vendors are successful and farm sales continue to grow and provide the public with access to fresh, healthy food and the farmers who grow it; where high consumer value is placed on Washington State’s small farms and farmers, and this is reflected in local and state policy.

Values

  • Healthy local food systems
  • Healthy eaters
  • Economically & environmentally sustainable farms
  • Independent small business incubation
  • Community gathering places, free and open to all

Goals

  • Provide support & technical assistance to farmers markets in WA state
  • Educate the public on benefits of buying fresh & local farm products
  • Increase access to fresh and healthy local foods for low-income individuals and families
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of farmers marketsʼ role in community development, sustainable local agriculture, tourism, and access to nutritious food

Programs & Partners

  • Contract with WA State SNAP-Ed and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to provide EBT/SNAP education for farmers markets and consumers
  • WSDA Agriculture Marketing Services Farmers Market Promotion Program
  • Partner with WSU & UW for research on farmers markets best practices

Annual Reports

For a copy of the 2016-17 WSFMA Annual Report, click here.

2014 Annual Report  WSFMA-2015-AnnualReport