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Market Resources and Guidelines

2023 AFMA Annual Meeting Video on Food Freedom Act from Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson of the Arkansas Department of Health discussed  "Selling at Farmers Markets: Tips for Success".  He outlines what can and can't be sold at markets.  Plus, the requirements of the Food Freedom Act were also outlined.  Jeff welcomes any questions about this topic through his email

2022 Farmers Markets Accepting WIC

Arkansas Food Freedom Act of 2021

Here's information on the new Arkansas Food Freedom Act of 2021.

The new law took effect July 28, 2021. It replaces the state’s Cottage Food law, which allowed a few specific homemade food products to be sold directly to consumers without being made in a kitchen certified and inspected by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The Food Freedom Act allows direct sales of homemade food and drink products that do not require time or temperature controls to remain safe and updates labeling requirements. Click the link to read more

Fact Sheet from U of A Division of Agriculture Extension:

Full Guidelines here:

Arkansas Grown and Made

In this video presentation from our 2022 Annual AFMA meeting Karen Reynolds discusses the many tools and resources the Department of Agriculture provides to markets and growers. Lots of good information on Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made.

Farmers Market Legal Toolkit

This resource is provided by the Farmers Market Coalition.  The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit includes legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies for market leaders on selecting and enhancing business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks.  Click the link to access information. 

                                                               Farmers Market Legal ToolKit

COVID-19 Guidelines Spring 2021

The information in the images below contain the latest guidelines from Arkansas state agencies on COVID-19 practices and policies at Farmers Markets as of Spring 2021.  More information can be found through this link

We will update these guidelines as they evolve.  


Resources and Information


Farmers Market Coalition:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture:

State by state list of SNAP waivers:

Fair Food Network COVID response:

FNS Actions to Respond to COVID19:


Best Practices Resources

 Produce Safety - COVID-19 Health and Hygiene Practices

When to Wash Your Hands

How to Wash Your Hands


Finding a Local Grower

Arkansas Grown

MarketMaker Arkansas


Map of Food Access in Arkansas

Clickable Google Map


Farmers Market Coalition Webinar on Physical Redesigning Markets During COVID-19 Crisis

Zoom Webinar link


Information on Direct Sales Software Platforms


Uplift Arkansas:  A Resource for Supporting Local Businesses 

Uplift Arkansas