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Farmers' Market Managers/Promoters

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Salaries for farmers' market managers vary depending upon the size of the market and the scope of the manager's job. Smaller-sized farmers' markets and those that are relatively young are more dependent upon outside funding than are larger, more established businesses. Farmers' markets that have been around for a long time are usually self-sufficient, able to continue operating based on vendors' fees alone. Newer businesses are usually funded by a combination of sources, including vendors' fees, city or county governments, and nonprofit organizations. Many farmers' markets also participate in government-funded nutrition programs as a way to help fund their businesses as well as to help people in need receive better and fresher food. Managers who work for smaller and newer markets tend to have lower salaries, as may be expected. Those who work for larger, older businesses will generally bring in higher annual incomes. Also, because the work is seasonal, managers may be paid on an hourly basis, and may have to seek alternate work when the season ends.

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