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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Selling at Farmers Market: so you want to be a vendor

Sherry Tucker of Laughing Earth Products & Produce
 Selling extra produce, your own home baked bread, wild berry jelly, or hand made items at a local farmers market is tickling the fancy of more and more greenies.  People interested in promoting a homemade, sustainable, organic food lifestlye.   Requests for information on how to get one’s own farmers market booth are popping up on different facebook pages and other online sites.  With a few years experience in a farmers market venue, though to share a little information that might be helpful to those in Northern Minnesota.
A Sampling of goods, vendors, activities at BNCFM, 2012
There are two farmers markets in Bemidji and other markets in surrounding towns. Most have an online presence: either website, facebook or both. Also many are listed by Minnesota Dpt of Ag via MN Grown  -- which gives you a chance to find out about each and which one might work for you.

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
Fees last year were:

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,

    
Jane

*disclaimer:  the above are my views & understanding only, NOT an official statement from any market or government agency.

2 comments:

  1. That was interesting. I have thought now and then about how fun it might be to have a stand but so far haven't truly found the time for it.

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  2. Thanks so much Abbi. You would be awesome at it, BUT you are so right about the time it takes.

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