Farmers Market Support Program


Kentucky farmers’ markets are an important component of community development, providing an opportunity for all members of the community to interact socially and economically; They are a retail market for small-scale and beginning farmers and are a food hub for aggregating and distributing to supply restaurants, farm to school programs, institutions, wholesalers and regional distributors.


The mission of the FMSP is to provide Kentucky Farmers’ Markets with the tools, resources and network development that enables them to provide a profitable market outlet for farmers, access to fresh food to all members of the community, a path to sustainability, and the creation of a grassroots base for public policy that supports local food system development.

Through collaborative resource providers, the FMSP will aggregate financial and technical support resources, toolkits, and workshops to create a comprehensive, holistic support system for Kentucky farmers’ markets.

2021 Market Manager Cost Share Grant Program

The Market Manager Cost Share (MMCS) Grant Program is a 1:1 cost-share for helping markets fund a market manager. MMCS grant recipients are also eligible for technical support from FMSP staff. The 2021 MMCS grant application has closed and funding has been awarded to the 2021 grant recipients. Provided that funding for the MMCS continues into 2022, the next grant application will open in November or December 2021.

Monthly FMSP Newsletter: Each quarter, the Farmers Market Support Program Team releases a newsletter that covers what’s been happening around local markets, news you can use, and other topics relating to farmers markets and local food. To sign up for the monthly newsletter please email maggie(at)

Market Spotlights: Follow CFA on Facebook to see the Kentucky farmers markets that we are highlighting each month.