The farmers' market manager is one of the most critical roles in the market, requiring some very specific skills and knowledge. This person is the liaison with the board of directors, the vendors, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the public health inspector and other regulatory agencies.

The manager enforces market rules, ensures the guidelines are adhered to and ensures vendors are compliant with legislation. The online market Farmers' Market Manager Training Manual (PDF, 1 MB) clearly describes the roles and responsibilities of the manager as well as basic information about legislation that applies to the market and its vendors.

A job description (PDF, 364 KB) should be developed for your market manager so that everyone is clear about duties and responsibilities.

The safety of the food being sold at approved farmers' markets is critical to the success of farmers' markets in Alberta. The Program is committed to ensuring market managers and vendors have food safety training. The Farmers' Market Home Study Course (PDF, 1.4 MB) is required for all market managers and food vendors.

Manager resources

Weekly Food Safety Checklist (PDF, 290 KB)

Information for Farmers' Market Managers and Stallholders (PDF, 290 KB) (Alberta Health Services)

Best Practices for Alberta Approved Farmer's Markets (PDF, 780 KB)

Promoting your Alberta Approved Farmers' Market (PDF, 241 KB)

Evaluating your Alberta approved Farmers' Market (PDF, 201 KB)

Special Market Protocol (PDF, 361 KB)

Sample Vendor Application (DOC, 185 KB)

Start-up resources

Farmers' Market Manager Training Manual (PDF, 1 MB) and Test (PDF, 363 KB)

Market Start-up: Food Safety Checklist (PDF, 198 KB)


Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market Program
4701 52 Street, Box 24
Vermilion, Alberta  T9X 1J9
Email: ab.approvedfarmersmarket@gov.ab.ca