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Market managers can get certified through SUNY

Managers of farmers markets in New York can be certified by New York State in a new on-line program.

The goal of the Farmers’ Market Managers Professional Certification Course is to help make New York’s increasing number of farmers’ markets more professional.

“We’re excited about this new certification course that will allow market managers across the state to get valuable information necessary to build on their current experience and bring their market to the next level,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “New Yorkers are increasingly looking to buy foods that were grown fresh and local, and we’re proud to support this first-of-its-kind opportunity that will ensure the viability and quality of markets for years to come.”

FMM PRO program provides an online curriculum through SUNY Cobleskill. The cost is $200 for 12 months of access to the online curriculum.

A growing demand from consumers for fresh, healthy local foods has brought an increase in the number of farmers’ markets across the state. New York State is now home to 646 farmers’ markets, up nearly 35 percent from five years ago.