Every week since the pandemic started, I do two things, I lead online exercise classes (I'm a certified fitness instructor) and I create self initiated projects (I'm a graphic designer and illustrator).
Recently I was reminded of Material by Google. According to its website, "Material is a design system created by Google to help teams build high-quality digital experiences for Android, iOS, Flutter, and the web." I decided to build a web and mobile template with Material for an imaginary local farmers market. The primary goal is to quickly find a list of vendors at this imaginary market.
I began research of farmers markets websites in the U.S. I quickly learned the digital presence for a farmers markets is either a social media page, a page on greater website, and a website. Since I consider the vendors the primary reason to visit a farmers website I found vendors lists don't exist or the vendors lists are a click or two away from the home page. Below, lists and links to farmers market websites to illustrate my point.
I live in Concord, California, just 30 miles away from Silicon Valley. Information about the Concord Farmers Market's is a page on the VisitConcord website, the Concord Tourism Improvement District (TID) Agency. The market's page provides basic information about the farmers market and its partnership with Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA). PCFMA's website lists farmers markets per county of the Bay Area.
The website for the farmers market in Concord, New Hampshire, has a tiny slide show of produce and customers found at the market, a section for (one) announcements, and a list of members, aka vendors. Listings of members include product and contact information.
The home page of the Warren Farmers Market in Warren, Ohio, has a (broken) slide show, a signup form for a digital newsletter, and links to information related to the market and local services. At the top of the home page are buttons with links to the vendors page and other pages. Sadly, the vendor's page is under construction so no list of vendors is available.
In Florida, the website for the farmers market in the city of Bradenton is a page linked to the city's development agency website. For a list of participating vendors, a visitor has to click on a 'read more' button. The upside is the vendor page categorizes the vendors, includes a description of vendors, and has links to individual vendor pages.
The home page for farmers market website in Omaha, Nebraska, runs a slider with current events and announcements. It includes an array of sponsors. Links to vendors and other pages run across the top of the home page. The vendors page lists and categorizes the variety of vendors at the market, and it includes contact information.
Links to other Farmers Markets websites and web pages (to be updated)
Web Page or Social Media Page
Cheyanne's Farmers Market, Cheyanne, Wyoming
SFC Farmers Market, Austin, Texas
Mentor Farmers Market, Mentor, Minnesota
Bagley Area Farmer's Market, Bagley, Minnesota
City Center Farmers Market, Florence, South Carolina
Greenville State Farmers Market, Greenville, South Carolina