The mission of the Lawrence Farmers Market is to provide children and adults in the Lawrence, KS area, with locally grown foods and farm products. This will be accomplished by improving access to local, healthy, affordable food through a direct farm-to-consumer marketing venue that will serve diverse populations, including those of low income.
Other goals that the Lawrence Farmers Market strives to achieve are increased education and support of Lawrence-area agriculture. The Lawrence Farmers Market believes that small, local farms are essential to the local economy and is committed to making economic and educational connections between Lawrence-area residents and local farmers.
LFM is a producer based market. A vendor must directly produce the majority of items offered on land the vendor owns, leases, or sharecrops. A vendor may not purchase from wholesalers to resell at the Lawrence Farmers Market. All products must be grown or produced in Kansas, within 50 miles of Lawrence (the Board of Directors may, based on need, make exceptions to within 75 miles through a process of review and majority vote of the board).
A Board of Directors manages the market under the LFM Bylaws. The Board is comprised of 6 Vendors, up to 3 Community representatives (elected by the market members), and the Market Manager, Financial Officer, and Director of Development as ex-officio (non-voting) members.
The Board holds regular monthly meetings that occur the first Tuesday of each month.
New Vendor Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed at the monthly Board meetings.