Conflict is sometimes unavoidable, but the way it is managed and resolved can make a huge difference in the market’s culture. The Farmers Market Coalition offers guidance on resolving conflict at farmers markets that may be helpful to you. Similar to the Farmers Market Coalition, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website has a nice list of steps to resolving conflict that can be applied at farmers markets.
The Farmers Market Pros have a series of Tent Talks that discuss various issues farmers markets face. Episode 122: De-escalating tense situations at the farmers market is a 40 minute episode that is worth the listen, full of great tips on how to diffuse situations that may arise at the market.
Managing Conflict with Vendors:
Managing Vendor Relationships – The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems’ Farmers Market Legal Toolkit
University of California Davis also offers a chapter in their farmers market management skills toolkit on managing conflict with vendors.
Produce Plus has a nice one page resource on de-escalation and conflict resolution, but the main factor to remember from it is the acronym CLARA:
Calm and center yourself.
Listen actively to the other person.
Affirm what they’re saying.
Add information if they seem open to it.