Since its inception the market has had three main criteria for choosing vendors
Quality of product.
The need of the market for the product.
The potential for regular attendance.
This market is a producer market. That means for farmers that you grow or are the official representative of the grower of the products you wish to sell. This also means that upon acceptance to the market you agree to farm visits to inspect and certify your compliance.
As a farmers market our policy is always farmers first. However, in order to enhance the market experience and service for our many loyal customers we allow a mix of baked goods and other prepared foods and a number of community service booths.
Proof of compliance with all required federal, state, and local regulations for the sale of a desired product is required for acceptance to the market and must be available for review during any market day.
No one may sell at the market without an approved application.
Only products from an approved application may be sold at the market. Additional products must be approved by the director before being offered for sale.
All farms must display their name and location.
Spaces are 10′x10′. Though effort is made to place vendors in or near the spot they begin selling in, the market reserves the right to place any vendor in any spot when deemed in the best interest of the market.
Communication concerning attendance is required. Any vendor with an assigned spot who misses two consecutive markets without advance notification of their inability to attend will lose that spot. Text, email or phone calls are all sufficient to meet this requirement.
The security of all products, tents and display materials is the sole responsibility of the individual vendor. As such each is responsible for all liability from loss or damage caused by their participation in the market.
Because the market is open 52 weeks of the year. preference is given to vendors who attend full time. The basic fee structure for full time attendees is $13/wk when paying by the month or $20/day when paid as a daily fee. Allowance for travel, small gaps in production or other events is made by permitting up to 4 consecutive weeks of absence from the market with no change in fee owed. The first week beyond the permitted gap adds $3 to the monthly weekly rate and $2 to the daily rate i.e. $16 and $22. Each succeeding 4 week absence adds an additional $3 monthly and $2 daily up to 2 additional escalations after which a vendor becomes a seasonal vendor with a fee of $20/wk for a monthly and $25 for a daily.
There is no guarantee of spots for seasonal vendors.
Code of Conduct
In order to maintain a positive environment for our customers and vendors a few rules are required.
This market has a three strikes and you are out policy. Strikes do not go away with time and if one is removed from the market there is no readmission in the future.
Any vendor blatantly questioning another vendors products to other vendors or our customers is a strike. These matters must be handled by the director.
Any product offered for sale and found not to be produced by the seller is a strike.
The market starts at 4:00pm and setup can begin by 1:30pm. Any setup or opening of tents before 1:30pm is a strike.
Continual tardiness by setting up after 4:15pm is a strike.
Vendors must sell within their set up area. Hawking is not allowed. Continuation of hawking after one warning is a strike.
The market seeks to promote a healthy environment. Therefore, smoking by vendors within the market during market hours is a strike.
Verbal harassment of any sort to anyone is not tolerated and is a strike.
Physical threats or harassment of any sort to anyone is three strikes and grounds for immediate and permanent removal from the market.
So the basic philosophy is: Keep it simple. Bring out a great product and cheerfully present it to your neighbors in our community for three hours each week. Then come back next week and do it again in the continuous seasonal round.