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2019 Market Rules and Regulations

WEATHER

Markets will be held rain or shine.  In the event of closure due to severe weather, the market manager will contact the vendors by phone or text message.

 MARKET OPENING AND CLOSING

May – August

Saturday’s: (Sale Time) 9am-2pm  (Setup) 8:30am

Sunday’s: (Sale Time) 1pm-4pm  (Setup) 12:30pm  

 Each vendor must leave his or her selling area clean and in orderly condition. All refuse and unsold goods must be removed from the market area by the vendor. All boxes and trash from each vendor must be removed and transported by the vendor. Onsite trash disposal is not provided.

 BOOTHS/ FACILITIES

Vendors who have reserved spaces should arrive at 8:30am for setup. Any vendors not checked in by 9am will forfeit their space.   

Vendor spaces will be assigned on a first come basis.  

Vendors must supply their own tents, tables, chairs, etc.

All vendors must have a sign clearly showing their name and location.

 Sanitation

All vendors must adhere to sanitary procedures for selling produce and value-added items. All vendors must dress appropriately. Shoes and shirts are required. Vendors who provide samples and/or products that will result in waste material, such as cups, rinds, and corn cobs, must provide containers for waste disposal.

 Prohibited Items

Smoking (except in designated area), alcoholic beverages, animals and firearms are not allowed. 

 CHILDREN

Vendors who choose to bring children to the Market are asked to ensure that the conduct of the minors is appropriate and not disruptive to customers or other vendors.

FEES

FREE FOR ALL VENDORS DURING 2019 SEASON. Fees include space only. Vendors are responsible for tents, weights, tables, chairs, etc

 PRICING

Pricing of goods sold at the market is the sole responsibility of the individual vendor.  

Fraudulent, dishonest, or deceptive merchandising or collusion to set prices among vendor may be grounds for forfeiture of the right to do business at the Market.

 ALLOWED VENDORS AND PRODUCTS

Market Manager’s Discretion

Acceptance of vendors will be at the discretion of the Market Manager. Acceptance is based on quality of the product(s) and the relevance of the product(s) to the overall diversification and mission of the Market.   

Producers Only

Only producers may sell at the market. Farmers who wish to sell must submit an application to the Market manager that certifies that they grow their own produce and/or proteins or make their value-added product.  Each vendor in the market must be directly involved with or knowledgeable about the production of the produce or products being sold at the market.  The producer’s name must be clearly displayed in each booth.

 Locally Produced

All produce sold must be locally grown. Locally grown means that the product must have been grown/raised within a 50-mile radius of Randolph County.

 Farmer Value-Added Products

Farmers may sell any farm products, including value-added products. At least one ingredient or material in any value-added good sold in a farm vendor’s booth must have been grown on the producer’s farm.

Non-Farm Vendors

Non-farm vendors must also prepare an application for the Market Manager, along with a sample or photos of the product(s) they wish to sell.  Non-farm vendors must make the product they wish to sell.  Selections will be made on the basis of quality, originality, and space availability.

Inspection of Vendors Extension Certification

For growers, a producer certificate must be completed before selling at the market. The certificate can be obtained through your County Extension Office.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

It is the responsibility of each vendor to abide by all state and federal regulations which govern the sampling, production, labeling, or safety of the product the vendor offers for sale at the market. Failure to comply may result in forfeiture of the vendor’s booth. If you have any questions on this matter, please speak with the Market Manager, the NC Department of Agriculture Regulatory Services, or the Randolph County Health Department.

MARKET MANAGEMENT

The Market Manager’s job is to coordinate all of the weekly activities and to implement the market’s policies. The Market Manager also acts as a conduit of information between the vendors, customers and community partners. The Market Manager has complete authority to interpret and implement policies at the market site.

Quality control is one of the most important factors at the market. Routine inspections may be conducted. If your product is found unfit to sell at the Market, the Market Manager may ask you to discontinue sales of this item immediately. Vendors who repeatedly attempt to sell unfit items or produce may be asked to leave the market.

GRIEVANCE POLICY

Any Vendor or customer with complaints regarding policy or implementation of policy can request a meeting with the Market Manager and will be contacted in a timely manner to schedule a meeting.

The submission of application for admission to the market serves as the vendor’s agreement to abide by the rules of the market, as established by the market’s governing body and enforced by the Market Manager. Violations of the rules of the market may be grounds for warnings, dismissal from the market, or both.