Vendor Interest

2021 Vendor Interest

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Vendor Information

Thanks for your interest in vending at The Corner Farmers Market! We currently have very
limited openings for makers, bakers and growers. We are an outdoor, year-round Saturday
market that operates 8-noon, rain or shine. We generally are able to accommodate about 30-35 vendors in our space.

We don’t ask that you commit to a certain number of weeks, although priority is given to regular vendors and folks selling produce, food and plants. We also take into consideration the amount of customer traffic and sales a vendor generates in order to prioritize our space allotments.

There is no application fee but at this time, due to COVID considerations, we do have a waiting
list for artists. We ask that artists send their information (company name, contact info, photos of their art) to be added to the list.

All applicants must come by the market to get a feel for the market’s operation and logistics
before you are eligible to vend. When you visit, be sure to meet our manager, Kathy, to get your name on the waiting list and learn more about the market.

These are the guidelines that have evolved as our community has grown over the past five
years.

    1. You must make it, bake it or grow it. It’s that simple. We do allow limited resale of
      other locally produced items or regional produce on a case by case basis. Resale of
      clothing, jewelry or household items is not allowed.
    2. You are responsible for the goods you sell. You stand behind your products as safe
      and quality items. If you are selling food, please be aware of guidelines from the state.
    3. Visit the market before you begin. Chat with other vendors and look at displays and
      pricing. If you are selling similar items, think of ways you can differentiate your offerings from that of other vendors.
    4. If you sell ready to eat food, package it to go . Rather than serving food on a plate with a fork, we ask that it is packaged in a to go container with a lid.
    5. No cooking on site. Sterno type warmers are fine. Electricity is currently not an option. Generators must be battery operated and pre-approved for noise considerations
    6. Sampling is not allowed if masks are mandated in the marketspace.
    7. You handle your own transactions and are able to make change. Most customers
      will have $20 bills or cards as payment. Most vendors use a free mobile Square reader to process credit/debit cards. Click Here to get your first $1,000 processing free. If you are a food vendor, please take time to fully understand our SNAP program and reimbursement process.
    8. Pay for your space. We charge a minimal fee to vendors for space weekly. Spaces are
      10×10 and regular vendors are expected to provide their own tent and tables and display. Drop in table space is based on weekly availability and, once assigned, costs $15/day, and can be paid in cash on the market day.
    9. Help within the market community. We keep our overhead low by working together to make a successful, good looking and well attended market
      1. Help with setup and breakdown. Many hands get the communal tents up and
        down each Saturday. We also ask that you periodically sign up for on site jobs
        like trash removal, putting out signs, filling the water cooler, etc.
      2. Spread the word. The best marketing is word of mouth, including social media.
        Invite your friends and family to come visit the market weekly and alert them to
        events, etc. We distribute a weekly online newsletter subscribe here (and tell
        your friends!), and have an active Facebook and Instagram presence
        (cornermarketgso) and a website.
      3. Participate in fundraising activities. We keep fees low by applying for grants
        and doing fundraisers. Encourage friends and customers to buy raffle tickets,
        become a sustainer, buy a t-shirt, donate to the Green for Greens fund, etc.
    10. Be on time and stay until closing. Vendors are required to drop off their wares and
      park across Market Street at FIrst Christian Church. Arrive at least 30 minutes before
      opening to help erect communal tents and be set up on time. If you sell out early, stay
      until the market ends and enjoy the rest of the day. We close at noon. The lot should be
      spotless and all vehicles removed after market.
    11. Present your offerings in a professional way. Signage with your company name is required. A nametag is helpful (the market provides them if you don’t already have one). A box of business cards is an inexpensive way to get your name in every customer’s hand. A neat table with a tablecloth and displays of different heights will showcase your items in an appealing way. Try to imagine your table from across the market. Is it obvious what you sell? If not, you may be missing customers. Signs can be mounted on the tabletop or hung from the tent. Signage on the front of the table can easily be obscured by crowds, so we recommend a sign hung behind the table as well.
    12. Engage with customers and other vendors . If you’re able to stand for the duration ofthe market, we highly encourage it. Vendors who stand and actively engage customersdo better than those who sit. Consider putting your table at the back of your display toencourage customers to come into the shade and chat without a table between you. Ifstanding is a challenge for you, a high stool or tall chair can also work well. Get to knowyour customers and other vendors — cross promotion is a great way to introduce newproducts — look for opportunities to partner with another vendor and offer special pricingfor a day. Also, particularly for vendors with one table under the communal tents, pleaselimit the number of folks behind your booth to two (the vendor plus one partner/helper).
    13. Join the Facebook group Corner Market Vendors Group. Check in several times a week to commit to your space that week (Monday) and see the layout (Friday). There are often important announcements, requests and discussions throughout the week, so active vendors want to keep tabs on the group’s activity.
    14. Public health: Stay abreast of current COVID/health department guidelines. Smoking is not allowed within sight of the market.

If you are ready to pursue vending at our market, we’d love to have you! Let Kathy Newsom, our market coordinator, know and we will determine space availability and your start date. Please fill out the information above to get the process started.

We can’t wait to see what you bring to market!
Kathy Newsom
kathy@cornermarketgso.com