Who should attend this event?
Current and prospective farmers’ market participants: farmers, artisan food makers and farmers’ market managers. Artists and crafters who participate in farmers’ markets will find some value, but many of the vendor information sessions are specific to food operations.
Who should sponsor this event?
Businesses that offers goods and services that support farmers’ market managers, farmers and vendors: tents, disposable foodservice supplies, credit card processing, liability insurance, banner and flyer printing, wholesale ingredients and packaging, and so much more. Download information on levels and benefits here: InTents Sponsors.
Will I learn about the best options for crop irrigation here?
No, but we can recommend other good conferences and sources of information for that. If you’re a farmer, you’ll learn how direct marketing can increase your margin, and how to most effectively choose crops, display your harvest and market your farm to increase your farmers’ market sales. We’ll also hear from restaurants and retailers about what you need to know to expand your wholesale sales operation.
If I already have my permits to sell my food products at farmers’ markets, do I need this conference?
Only if you want to maximize your sales, and increase your profits. Almost any market vendor will learn something here about display, packaging, financial planning, marketing and other ways to increase your business and choose the best ways to grow.
I already operate a successful farmers’ market. Why should I attend?
We think there’s always something to learn about new methods of recruiting and retaining farmers and vendors, dealing with increasing costs and regulations, maximizing your marketing budget, and managing invoicing and paperwork. And it’s always a good time when you network with other people in your industry. (They get you.) If you really already know it all, contact us about leading a session and sharing your expertise.
What are parking options at the event?
Marina Village offers an enormous free parking lot onsite.
Does the registration fee include accommodations?
You’re on your own when it comes to accommodations but there are several good hotels nearby.
The Dana on Mission Beach is offering a discount for early registration. Call 800-345-9995 and mention InTents Conference for special pricing.
What meals are included?
We’ll have a variety of no-host breakfast and lunch options available for sale in the Resource Lounge, and a Lunch Market on site each day so you can buy meals, beverages and snacks. If you register for a Big Tent Pass, that also includes the fabulous InTents Flavors Celebration on Monday night where food provided by local farms and chefs is included.
What’s the refund policy?
Once you’ve registered, no refunds are available, but you’re welcome to transfer your ticket to a friend or associate. Do be aware that if you transfer the ticket too close to the conference, their name tag may identify them as you.
How can I contact the organizer with any additional questions?