National Association of Produce Market Managers

Founded in 1947, NAPMM strives to help market managers improve facilities and increase services while encouraging cooperation and exchange of ideas between members and partners.

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70th Annual NAPMM Conference Held in the Middle of the Map

The City Market in Kansas City, MO, hosted the NAPMM 70th Annual Conference April 6 – 9, 2016. More than 50 of the organization’s 113 members were in attendance.

The conference opened with the NAPMM President’s Reception at Boulevard Brewing Company, the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest with distribution to 31 states.

During the 3-day meeting, participants visited the City Market, home of the largest farmers’ market in the Midwest, where they had a chance to get a taste of and explore the City Market’s signature eclectic atmosphere filled with diverse people, products, sights, food, music and activity. Attendees also visited The Overland Park Farmers’ Market, a suburban market in Overland Park, Kansas.

“The conference was a very enriching experience for our organization,” Rose Harrell, NAPMM President and Director of Facilities of the Maryland Food Center Authority, said. “In addition to gaining insight into the role of agriculture and food as it relates to markets in Kansas City, it also provided valuable information-sharing and networking opportunities among our membership.”

Attendees also toured nearby farms and agri-business operations, many of which are market vendors, including:

  •  Shatto Milk Company, a successful family-owned dairy, in Osborn MO
  •  Hank’s Windy Ridge Greenhouse, a Farmers’ Market produce vendor, in Plattsburg MO
  •  New Roots For Refugees, an agricultural educational and mentoring program at Juniper Gardens in Kansas City KS
  •  Bird’s Botanicals Orchid Farm in underground caves in Kansas City MO
  •  C&C Produce, a wholesale produce distributor in Kansas City MO

Between tours, market professionals attended industry-specific educational and best practice sessions for both retail and wholesale markets covering a variety of topics including:

  •  Managing SNAP and Matching Grant programs
  •  Planning for the Future
  •  Marketing & Events
  •  Consumer Trust
  •  Trends in Employment Law for Market Managers
  •  History of Missouri Wines
  •  Commercial Leasing: Understanding Lease Differences and Enforcing Rules & Regulations

 The conference closed with a banquet featuring a special performance from home grown “agritainers,” The Peterson Farm Brothers, from Assaria KS in central Kansas.

Lee Crews, Manager of the Fort Myers
State Farmers' Market in Fort Myers, Florida
Accepts the 2016 Market Manager of the Year Award
Deb Connors, Manager of the City Market in
Kansas City, receives her certificate for completing the
requirements to be a Certified Produce Market Manager

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Fall Retail Meeting To Be Held in Jacksonville, Florida

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Each year NAPMM organizes an annual conference which is hosted by one of our member markets from across the US and Canada and regional meetings that focus on specific topics with educational sessions, helping to keep our members up to date with the latest trends in the food industry.  Our events are made possible through the support of our members, sponsors, and friends.  Your sponsorship is critical to help us host a successful, informative event each year.  We appreciate any level of support you can give!

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