|Sherry Tucker of Laughing Earth Products & Produce|
|A Sampling of goods, vendors, activities at BNCFM, 2012|
My husband and I are vendors in Union Square Parking Lot, at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market.
|BNCFM In Union Square Parking Lot, 2012|
Full membership $50 a year - new year begins in April (I think)
Limited membership $25 (can only set up 7 times) a year Stall fees levied for each day set up. Minimum $10/day if sell over $300 a sliding fee adds $5 for every $300 over base.
Times for 2013 will be May 18-Oct 26: Sat 8:30a-3p. A second day each week starts in July. July 2-Oct 29: Tue 11a-4p. There may be more days in May and in December depending on weather and what vendors have available.
Rules & Regs: There are a number of state and market regulations, as always hoops to jump through. Still selling produce, homemade food, or arts & crafts one has more leeway than getting a commercial kitchen license to cater; or to open a brick & mortar business. * If you wish to be able to accept WIC vouchers, it is critical that you get accepted into a market to be able to be eligible to attend a state training session on April 24, 2013. Held at MN Department of Health, 705 5th St NW, Bemidji.
|Scenes from BNCFM, 2012|
Printed applications and some of the rules information for Bemidji Natural Choice Farmers Market are available at Northern Surplus/Northern Outdoors. You can also contact the BNCFM Secretary, Ruth Eastling.
The other market in Bemidji is Bemidji Area Farmers Market. They set up in Old Pamida lot & are listed in MN Grown. There are also farmers markets in Bagley, Fosston, Walker; Cass Lake & Red Lake in late summer.
Each farmers market has it's own charm and style. Look them over, talk with vendors, read the rules; jump in and have a neat summer experience sharing something you love to grow, make, do.
Hope you found this helpful,
*disclaimer: the above are my views & understanding only, NOT an official statement from any market or government agency.