What are the benefits of joining FARMA? Read on to find out!
Opening a farm shop or changing an established business? Starting a farmers' market or wondering how to improve the one you manage? Starting out as a stallholder at a farmers' market or wondering how you, as a small or medium scale producer might access farm shops around the UK? Starting a new, or wanting to develop your pick-your-own farm or box scheme? Thinking about adding catering to your retail offer? You're not alone.
FARMA's friendly staff are on the end of the phone any time when you need advice or help. You don't have to be a member to get advice and help, but we hope that you'll join (it's just £120 plus VAT for farm shops and farmers' markets and £60 plus VAT for producers who are stallholders only). Just call or email us for advice or help on any matter related to local direct sales: we have a huge database of suppliers and contacts with experts. When you join us, we can put you in touch with fellow members to guide you through your development ideas and you can participate in our many meetings which illustrate best-pratice and new ideas. The picture above was taken at Southwest Surrey Farmers' Market, at Secretts Farm, Milford.
Making a noise about local direct sales
FARMA is the largest organisation of its type in the world representing farmers, farmers' markets and local direct sales to the consumer. FARMA works on a national scale to promote local direct sales to the media, and is active in the political arena working for local direct sales and members' interests. (If you are a member reading this, please let us have your stories!).
Supporting high standards and a distinctive farm retail sector
FARMA continues its highly successful Certification scheme for farmers' markets. For more information about Certified farmers' markets, click here.
Credit & Debit Card Handling terms
There is an excellent low-cost collaborative scheme available to members. Terms are 1.1% for all consumer credit cards and debit card handling starts at 13p per transaction. We have solutions for straightforward countertop terminal, integration into EPOS or a virtual terminal. Mobile terminals for use in PYO, farmers' markets, catering, etc. are available.
We have a solution for seasonal peak short-term hire, and a special scheme to waive monthly minimum charges if your retailing is very seasonal.
Just call (0845 45 88 420) for more information...
Insurance for farmers' markets organisers
A collaborative scheme is available for members. It is comprehensive and great value.
Call us for details.
Discounted attendance at FARM & MORE
Attend the best event on direct sales and farm diversification. As a FARMA member you get significant savings. FARM & MORE moves around the UK annually. See the latest at the FARM & MORE website.
FARMA is a long-established, member-owned co-operative and is recognised as the Federal organisation representing farmers' markets and local direct sales by Co-operatives UK. Members who are themselves co-operatives (such as farmers' markets groups) can have access to free legal representation, among other benefits, from Co-operatives UK. For more information, just call us.
Publications / Web-site
'Retail Farmer' is published at least three times a year and mailed direct to you as part of FARMA membership. Our weekly e-newsletter is also sent to you as part of membership and keeps you up to date with news, trends and views from the sector.
Special terms for a variety of products and services
FARMA offers Associate membership to business that supply goods and/or services to the farm-direct sector and a number of these offer special terms for retail members, including, for example, up to 15% off high-cost items like tills and scales.
In addition, there are special terms available for farm shops wanting to offer bake-off bread and impulse ice creams. These offers won't suit everyone but if you have high passing traffic, stocking the major impulse ice cream brands in addition to locally-made products makes retailing sense. Bake-off provides an easy entry-point for fresh-baked bread and rolls. There's a special display unit available and lots of help and support for starting up. Call 0845 45 88 420 to get more information.
We network and share with our equivalent organisation in the USA/Canada, as well as direct sales organisations on the continent and Australia. Keeping in touch means that we can often spot trends in farm retailing well ahead of others.
Sharing, networking and getting together
Last, but not least, is the fellowship offered by FARMA. It is packed with people like you! There are many opportunities in the year to meet so please come along to make the most of your membership!
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