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SUNDAYS | May 21st – November 19th | 9am to 1pm

On a picture perfect Sunday morning in September, 2001, the first South Pearl Street Farmers Market was launched. Wanting to create an event that would bring neighbors to the street regularly, the first market was a single day event with just ten vendors.

The day was a rousing success, and today– in its sixteenth season – the market has grown to 27 weeks, with over 100 vendors and thousands of shoppers and aficionados. Managed by our friends at HobNob Events for the past eleven years, the market has seen many vendors and has been an incubator for vendor successes. We would like to specially acknowledge Ela Family Farms, known far and wide for their mouth-watering peaches and apples from the Western Slope, and Styria Bakery, legendary for their fresh baked bread, both of whom have been with us since that very first day in 2001.

The South Pearl Street Farmers Market is one of several markets in the Denver area managed by HobNob events.
events@HobNobevents
303.734.0718

✪SPECIAL EVENTS✪

OPENING DAY / HOMESTEADING IN THE ‘HOOD

May 21

Join us in bringing the barnyard to the backyard during Homesteading in the Hood.  We are celebrating the resurrected art of homesteading: sustainably living off and with the land in our urban homes and neighborhoods. It’s self-reliance in style!
Download the Homesteading in the ‘Hood application.

HEALING FEST

June 18

All things Health!
Download the Health Fair application.

BIKE EXPO

July 16

New this year!
Download the Bike Expo application.

CAR SHOW

August 20

An impressive showing of vintage / specialty cars will line the 1400 block of South Pearl Street. Be prepared for some old memories to make an appearance as well! Click here to register your vehicle.

PET ADOPTION FAIR

September 10

Please reach out to Sue or Nancy at the Whole Cat and Dog for more information:
wholecat@aol.com, 303.871.0443

CHILI COOK-OFF

October 15

Have a favorite Chili recipe? Green/Red/White — bring it on! All entries will be judged onsite with individual tastings offered to Farmers Market patrons. Beer will also be sold at the Market for this special day only!
Download the Chili Cook Off application

HALLOWEEN PARADE

October 29

Calling all Goblins/ghouls/fairies (and more) of all ages!. There will be a costume parade down the 1500 block of South Pearl street for all kiddos.

FLEA MARKETS

Last Sunday of every month

The Flea Market is designed to be open to selling items such as antiques, collectible, unique items of quality, valuable junque…you get the idea!
Download the Flea Market application.

✪VENDORS✪

Check back for 2017 vendors!

✪INFORMATION AND FAQs✪

If you still have a question after reading through this section, please contact HobNob Events at events@hobnobevents.com

General Information

HobNob Events manages the South Pearl Street Farmers Market. They strive to support and enhance the surrounding community by providing a Farmers Market experience where a great variety of fresh and wholesome products can be found. It is important to support our local community, therefore, all products must be grown, raised, produced or gathered by the vendor in the State of Colorado or in counties bordering the State of Colorado. In the case that a product is unavailable in the state of Colorado but we feel it would be a benefit to the market and the vendors we will evaluate the relationship between the vendor and the producer and make the best decision we can noting that sometimes there are exceptions to the rule.

Vendor Application

The 2017 application deadline was February 15, and notice of acceptance or denial will be relayed by March 15. Any applications received after February 15 will be evaluated after the first round of acceptances. We encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors to fill any space that may become available.
Use this link to complete an online application for the South Pearl Street Farmers Market.

We are unable to accept items sent to us via certified, registered or signature required mail. Online applications only, please.

Supporting Documents

Supporting Documents will be checked on the first day of each market, you do not need to include them with your online application.
The following documents are required (please note, not all documents apply to all vendor types, check with the Denver Permitting department if you have any questions):
State Sales Tax License
City of Denver Sales Tax License
Temporary Retail Food License
Fire Permit
Liability Insurance
All vendors are required to obtain general liability insurance. Please name the South Pearl Street Farmers Market as additionally insured. HobNob Events and the South Pearl Street Farmers Market are not responsible for any loss or damage incurred or caused by vendors.

Please refer to the Market Policies and Procedures for more information.

FAQs

What are the dates, hours and location of the South Pearl Street Farmers Market?

1400 + 1500 blocks of South Pearl Street (between Iowa and Arkansas)
Sundays, May 21, 2017 – November 12, 2017
9am–1pm

What are the seasonal fees?

The South Pearl Street Farmers Market charges a season fee, plus collects 10% of daily gross sales at the end of each market day. There is an additional fee if you need electricity, which is available on a limited basis.

$200 full season, standard size (10×10) plus 10% of daily gross sales
$255 full season, 10×20, plus 10% of daily gross sales
$255 full season, 10×30, plus 10% of daily gross sales (available for Farmers ONLY)
$75 full season, electrical (light poles have been updated!)
$30 drop in fee plus 10% of daily gross sales
$10 Non Profit daily fee + 10% daily gross sales
SPSA Members: no seasonal fee, but 10% of daily gross sales applies

I’m interested in being a vendor at one of your Markets or Specialty Fair at the Market (Health Fest, Pet Fair, Flea Market, etc.). What is the process?

All Market applications must be filled out online. Specialty Fairs have their own applications:
Homesteading in the ‘Hood application.

Healing Fest application.

Bike Expo application

Pet Adoption Fair: wholecat@aol.com

Chili Cook Off application
Flea Market application.

If I have a 10×10 tent but need room on the sides of my booth for patrons to shop, am I considered oversized?

Yes, you are. Please mark that request on the application. If space is available we will do our best to accommodate you. If it is a necessity to your selling, you will be considered an oversized booth.

I want to apply to be a vendor but the deadline has passed, can I still apply? Do you have space available?

We accept Farmer Market applications year-round. After the February 15th deadline has passed, we look at applications on a monthly basis and accept new vendors based on space availability and need. If the deadline has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors to fill any space that may become available.

How do you choose your Farmers Market vendors?

The selection process takes into consideration many factors including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, grandfathered vendors, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market for everyone.

How do I know if I am a good fit for your market?

First and foremost our Farmers Market focuses on providing fresh and wholesome local food and food related products. We also strive to support the communities and surrounding brick and mortar businesses, by having vendors that complement their businesses, but do not directly compete. Please see below . .

Our Market is a producers’ market, interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods and will not accept the following items at the markets:

Crafts outside of businesses on the street
Overly processed foods
Nationally distributed packaged foods
Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor (there are a few exceptions to this)
Farmers, growers, ranchers and fishers may be asked to go through a phone interview or site visit before final acceptance
Hand Crafted Items/Jewelry

Crafted items and Jewelry are ONLY ALLOWED on a VERY limited basis and only at certain markets. Jewelry and Craft items are NOT ALLOWED at the South Pearl Street Market, there will be no exceptions.

Additional Vendor Categories accepted:

Flowers and Plants
Pets
Bath and Body
Green Vendor
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Farmers:
Farm products that can be sold at the market include vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, plants, honey, seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

Ready to Eat Food, Beverages and Drinks:
All prepared food vendors must show appropriate Health Department certification to the Market Manager. These permits must be displayed in public view during Market hours. All prepared food processor equipment/trailers must comply with Denver County Health Department regulations.

Baked Goods and Other food items:
Our markets accept certain value added items which are grown and/or made by the vendor such as baked goods, preserves, cheese, sausage, and smoked meats. All processed foods must be appropriately labeled with product name, ingredients, net weight, price, vendor’s name and address. We encourage sampling of your products to our patrons.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Law: Passed in 2012 allows for the manufacture and sale of some baked goods without any licensing or regulatory requirements. See this link for more information under the “Guidance on Colorado Cottage Foods Bill” heading.

Operating under this law will have a number of requirements that must be adhered to, including education requirements and a cap on the amount of revenue generated. Also these foods can only be sold retail—not wholesale. In order to operate under this law at a temporary event, a vendor must have all their food prepackaged (no open food handling at the event) and labeled according to the requirements in the law (see the link for more info).

How do I obtain a temporary retail food license?

To obtain a temporary retail food license, you must:

Complete an Affidavit of Commissary. A commissary kitchen is a licensed, inspected commercial kitchen that is used for food and equipment storage, food preparation, and ware-washing. The affidavit of commissary must be completed by you in conjunction with the commissary operator. If your commissary kitchen is outside the City and County of Denver, the establishment must be currently licensed with the proper regulatory agency.
Complete the Temporary Restaurant Acknowledgement Letter. This letter specifies requirements pertaining to the operation of your temporary restaurant. Please be aware that in addition to the requirements outlined in the acknowledgement letter, the temporary restaurant shall operate within the rules and regulations of the City and County of Denver Food Establishment Regulations.
Submit the completed forms to the Denver Department of Environmental Health, Public Health Inspection at 200 W. 14th Ave, Suite 200 via fax at 720-865-5532 or via email at phicomments@denvergov.org. After review of both documents, an approved Affidavit of Commissary and a copy of the acknowledgement letter will be returned to the operator. A copy of both documents will be kept on file at the Denver Department of Environmental Health.
Submit the approved Affidavit of Commissary to the Denver Department of Excise & Licenses, located on the 2nd floor at the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, to obtain a Temporary Restaurant License.
For more information on temporary restaurant licenses please visit: www.denvergov.org/phi

What is the Denver Tax Rate?

The Denver Tax Rate is 3.65%

I do not sell a product. Can I set up a booth at your market?

Our market focuses on food and food related items. Informational vendors are not accepted into any of the markets. Exceptions may be made (determined on a case by case basis) for members of the merchants association, surrounding businesses, or market sponsors.

Can I come to your market and pass out flyers to promote my new business/non-profit organization/charity event?

We wish to provide market customers with a relaxing and enjoyable experience where they can stroll through the market and interact with the market vendors. NO solicitors or distribution/marketing of non-approved products are allowed at our markets. This includes signature gathering for petitions and voter sign-up.

I’ve seen booths set up at your market for items that are not on your vendor list or you’ve said you don’t allow in the market. Can you explain?

In order to support the community, the merchants on the street and the Merchant/Neighborhood Associations, we allow brick and mortar stores on the market streets to set up booths and sell their goods at the market. Therefore, you may see a few items that are not on our list. We also have a handful of wonderful “grandfathered” vendors that have been at the Market longer than HobNob has been managing it!

Do you close during inclement weather?

Our market is open rain, snow or shine and all holidays. We will only cancel during EXTREME weather conditions. We ask that you check your email for weather updates.

I have been accepted to be a vendor at another market managed by HobNob. Can I get a discount on the fees?

Vendor fees do not go to HobNob, they go to the neighborhood association or sponsoring organization, therefore we cannot offer any discounts for participation in multiple markets or events. A neighborhood association owns each market that we operate and the role of HobNob Events is to support and coordinate the markets to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. The mission of the market is to raise money for each individual neighborhood association so that they can utilize funds for local improvement projects.

I do not have any photos of my booth to upload for the application, what should I do?

Take some nice photos of your product(s).

How do I apply to be a vendor at a South Pearl Street Festival?

Festivals all have their own application and deadlines. Please check the HobNob website for both.

If the deadline for a Festival has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out (sometimes at the last minute) and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors.

If you would like to have HobNob Events help with your event please contact Nicole via Email at Nicole@HobNobEvents.com or by phone at 303.734.0718.

✪POLICIES AND PROCEDURES✪

The South Pearl Street Farmers Market is one of several vibrant Farmers Markets managed by HobNob Events. HobNob proudly serves as a small business incubator for the many wonderful farms and local vendors our area has to offer. Every vendor is carefully screened with a commitment to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality of locally produced products available.

The Farmers Markets produced by HobNob Events strive to support and enhance the surrounding communities by providing a Farmers Market experience where a great variety of fresh and wholesome products are available. We believe it is important to support our local community, therefore, all produce must be grown, raised, produced or gathered by the vendor in the State of Colorado or in states bordering the State of Colorado (although rare, a few exceptions may apply, ie: products not grown or produced in CO, nut/maple syrup…).

These Markets reserve unconditional discretion to accept or refuse anyone as a market vendor, the selection process takes into consideration many factors including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, grandfathered vendors, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market for everyone.

Vendors: See If You Qualify

First and foremost our Farmers Market focuses on providing fresh and wholesome local food and food related products. We also strive to support the communities and surrounding brick and mortar businesses, by having vendors that complement their businesses, but do not directly compete.
These are producers’ markets, interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods and will not accept the following items at the markets:

• Crafts outside of businesses on the street
• Overly processed foods
• Nationally distributed packaged foods
• Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
• Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor (there are a few exceptions to this)
• Farmers, growers, ranchers and fishers may be asked to go through a phone interview or site visit before final acceptance

Specific vendor categories

Farmer

Farm products that can be sold at the market include vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, nuts, flowers, plants, honey, seafood (under specific qualifications), meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. In an effort to support local farmers, we discourage products from out of state. We find our patrons understand and accept the non-availability. However, if local farm products are not available and you would like to bring products in from out of state, you must contact the Market Manager for prior approval and handling procedures. They will be accepted on a limited basis. ALL NON-LOCAL ITEMS MUST BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED IN YOUR DISPLAYS.

Produce, Plants, and Flowers

Our markets accepts certain value added items which are grown and/or made by the vendor such as baked goods, preserves, cheese, sausage, and smoked meats. All processed foods must be appropriately labeled with product name, ingredients, net weight, price, vendor’s name and address. We encourage sampling of your products to our patrons.

Hand Crafted Items/Jewelry

Jewelry and Craft items are NOT ALLOWED at the South Pearl Street Market, there will be no exceptions.

Prepared Foods

The Market Manager and the Farmers Market Committee must approve prepared food vendors. Vendors are responsible for procuring the correct permits. Please reach out to the Health Department for those requirements as requirements change often. Prior to selling at the Market, all prepared food vendors must show appropriate Health Department certification to the Market Manager. These permits must be displayed in public view during Market hours. All prepared food processor equipment/trailers must comply with Denver County Health Department regulations.

Vendor Selection

The Market Manager and the individual market committees select vendors annually. Selection will be based on product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, grandfathered vendors, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market for everyone. No vendor will have guaranteed return rights to the Market from season to season or from Market to Market. The Market generally does not offer exclusive rights to vendors to sell any one product. Market customers generally benefit from having a choice. However, if the Market Manager believes the number of vendors offering the same or similar products is excessive, duplicate products may be denied entry.

When filling out the application, please give examples of where you source (or plan to source) your ingredients, listing the names of farms or other local-direct sources where possible.

After entry deadlines, new applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Learn The Market Rules & Regulations

As a prospective vendor, you have many questions about how to join our Farmers Markets and what they require. To learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and for additional information about the requirements and expectations of participating in one of our markets, please read thru this document as well as the FAQs found on our website – please do not email us for answers found in these documents. We receive several hundred applications and our inbox can get pretty crowded, so please use the resources available to answer any questions.

Each individual market is overseen by a Farmers Market Committee that has adopted these Policies and Procedures. At any time, these Policies and Procedures may be amended, deleted, or modified.

Miscellaneous Market Information

BOOTH FEES, SALES REPORTING, AND PAYMENT

The Market Manager and Committee will establish a fee schedule for all Market booths and commissions prior to each market season. Vendors are required to honestly report all sales made by the vendor or vendor’s agents at each Market.

FAILURE TO ACCURATELY REPORT ALL SALES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE MARKET WITH NO RETURN RIGHTS. The Market Manager will collect payment at the conclusion of the market. Failure to comply with fee payment on Market days will result in a $15.00 fine. Vendors will not be allowed to set up until past obligations have been cleared.

PUNCTUALITY

PLEASE NOTE: All vendors with assigned stalls must be at their stall 30 minutes prior to the start of the market or have made prior arrangements with the Market Manager. After that time the stall will no longer be held for assigned vendor. Violations of this policy could result in loss of assigned stall on the day of the violation. Repeat violations may result in loss of assigned stall space or expulsion from the Market. If you cannot attend the Market on a day you have committed to, please contact the Market Manager 48 hours in advance. Failure to do so may result in a $50 fine. Please be considerate of your fellow vendors, patrons and Market Manager and Staff. If day of emergencies arise, please TEXT the Market Manager (number will be shared with future, confirmed Market information).

STALL ASSIGNMENTS

The Market Manager will make all stall assignments. Vendor locations and other considerations are made at the Market Manager’s discretion taking into consideration product mix, customer flow, special promotions, and vendor seniority. While we will try to keep your space consistent, your space is subject to change.

SET-UP AND TEAR-DOWN

The street will be closed to all “through” traffic 2 hours prior to the start of the market and 2 hours following the conclusion of the market. Vendor set-up will begin 2 hours prior to the opening of the market and conclude 30 minutes before the market opens. During that period vendors may enter the Market area with their vehicles for the purpose of unloading only (except vendors with parking rights). Vendors should unload promptly and then move vehicles offsite. A clear and drivable lane must be kept open at all times. A Vendor may not begin setting up his or her stall spaces until his or her vehicle is moved offsite. NO VEHICLES WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE MARKET SITE 30 MINUTES BEFORE OPENING. All vendors are required to remain at their stall spaces until the closing of the market even if they have sold all their goods. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE MARKET SITE UNTIL AT LEAST 20 MINUTES AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE MARKET or whenever the street is free of Patrons. Please adhere to the discretion of people manning the barricades. Vendors should not leave the Market to retrieve their vehicles until they have completely taken down their stall space(s) including packing up all remaining product, collapsing canopies or tents, and cleaning up any debris.

STALL CLEAN UP

Each vendor is responsible for cleaning his/her stall area to the satisfaction of the Market Manager. This includes removing all debris, sweeping and, if necessary, washing down the stall site. Vendors are expected to remove all waste generated by the sale of their product. Vendors must not dump oil or oil debris into flowerbeds, garden areas, streets, sidewalks, or storm drains, sinks, toilets or anywhere else within the Market Site. All vendors must bring containers suitable for waste removal, including oily waste. Prepared food vendors must have an impermeable tarp or mat under the entire stall to protect the sidewalks and streets from grease and food waste and as well as overhead coverage if required by the Denver County Health Department. Vendors not adhering to this policy risk cleaning fines.

GARBAGE/RECYCLING

All vendors must haul out their trash at the end of the day. On-site trash receptacles are for customer use only. Vendors may request permission from the Market Manager or designee to use customer receptacles at the end of the Market day if space permits. In an effort to be environmentally friendly we request vendors use recycled goods and recycle waste whenever possible.

CANOPIES/UMBRELLAS

All vendors who wish to erect canopies on the Market site during a normal period of operations, including set-up and takedown periods, are required to have their canopies sufficiently and safely anchored to the ground from the time the canopy is erected to the time it is taken down. Any vendor who fails to properly anchor his or her canopy will not be allowed to sell at the Market on that day, unless the canopy is first taken down and stowed. A rule of thumb for weights is 40# per leg of your canopy.

PRICING

Pricing of goods sold at the Market is solely the responsibility of the individual vendor.

PERMITS AND LICENSES

Please see FAQs on the HobNob website for more information on obtaining a temporary retail food license.

Vendors are required to comply with City and County of Denver and State of Colorado policies; all taxes, licenses, permits and liability/product insurance are the responsibility of the Vendor. All Vendors are required to have a State of Colorado Sales Tax License, visit denvergov.org for more information.

Vendors selling food must have a temporary restaurant permit of the City and County of Denver (if you have a temporary restaurant permit from another City you are required to obtain a permit from the City of Denver as well.) Vendors may take completed paperwork (Temporary Restaurant License application, Acknowledgement letter, Affidavit of commissary form, both pages) to the Department of Health for approval, their offices are located at 200 W 14th Ave (southwest corner of 14th and Bannock), 2nd floor between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. It is recommended to call in advance and confirm someone will be available to process your request. Upon approval from the Health Department, participating restaurants will need to take the completed paperwork to the Department of Excise & Licenses located at 201 W Colfax Ave, 2nd floor. Please be advised that Dept. of Excise & Licenses closes at 4 pm. For more information on temporary restaurant licenses please visit denvergov.org/DEH .

If you will have an open flame at your booth please contact the City of Denver Fire Department for information on receiving an open flame permit. Vendors are required to have all documentation and permits on site during the Farmers Market. It is the sole responsibility of the vendor to comply with special event city policies. Please visit www.denvergov.org for a complete list of requirements.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Law: Passed in 2012 allows for the manufacture and sale of some baked goods without any licensing or regulatory requirements. See this link for more information under the “Guidance on Colorado Cottage Foods Bill” heading.

Operating under this law will have a number of requirements that must be adhered to, including education requirements and a cap on the amount of revenue generated. Also these foods can only be sold retail—not wholesale. In order to operate under this law at a temporary event, a vendor must have all their food prepackaged (no open food handling at the event) and labeled according to the requirements in the law (see the link for more info).

SMOKING POLICY

Vendors are not permitted to smoke in or around their booth area. You must move away from the marketplace.

SIGNAGE

Each booth space must prominently display a sign clearly identifying the farm or business by name and location. Signs must be in place by the opening of the booth. All product descriptions must be accurate. Signs may not be placed in the walk ways.

VEHICLES

Only select produce and nursery vendors will be allowed to sell from their vehicles, all others will be required to park their vehicles off site. All vendors parking on-site must have an approved metal oil drip pan under their vehicles at all times.

ORGANIC LABELING

Vendors advertising products that are “Organic”, “Unsprayed” or “Natural”, etc. are not required to be certified by any recognized certification agency. All vendors are required to advertise truthfully and to respond to customers’ questions in a like manner.

WEIGHTS, MEASURES, AND LABELING

All weighing or measuring instruments or devices used for commercial purposes must be correct. This ensures that buyers receive sufficient and accurate information with which to compare quantity and price. Pre-packaged products must be labeled with the quantity and/or amount. Vendors in violation of this policy will be expelled from the Market with no return rights.

VENDOR BEHAVIOR

Vendors shall dress appropriately and engage with the Market Manager and patrons in a courteous manner. If vendor or employee(s) should become unruly it may result in immediate expulsion from the market, at the Market Manager’s discretsion. If the conflict continues, Market Manager has the right to reach out to law enforcement for assistance. Please limit selling to inside your booth, all vendors and employees must remain inside the booth. “Hawking” is strictly prohibited.

LIABILITY

Vendors are strongly encouraged to obtain general liability insurance. HobNob Events and the Markets are not responsible for any loss or damage incurred or caused by vendors.

GRIEVANCE POLICY

The Market Manager or his/her designee has the right to impose disciplinary action at the Market site. In the event of customer dissatisfaction, the dispute must be resolved to the satisfaction of the customer and Market Manager in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the Market. The Market Manager has the authority to grant exceptions to Market policies on an individual basis for reasons of dire need. Should any vendor, at any time, occupy the premises in a manner contrary to this agreement, upon request of Market Manager, the vendor shall immediately cease such offending conduct. Failure to immediately comply as requested shall be cause for the revocation of this permit and expulsion from the Market. Upon revocation, vendor shall promptly vacate premises. Upon failure to vacate, the Market shall have removed all property of vendor from the premises at vendor’s expense. The Market is relieved and discharged from any/all loss or damage caused by such removal. The Market shall not be responsible for storage or safekeeping of property so removed.

MARKET MANAGER

The Market Manager (or designee) coordinates all the activities of the weekly functioning of the Market and implements Market policies, including oversight of the Market set-up and cleanup, daily assignments, collection of stall fees commissions and sales information, and assuring vendor compliance with all Farmer’s Market policies. The Market Manager also acts as a conduit of information from the vendors and customers to the Farmer’s Market Committee. The Market Manager has complete authority to interpret and implement Market policy.

Please keep a copy of the 2016 Market Policies and Procedures for your records.

By attaching your signature to the 2016 HobNob Events Farmer’s Market application, the Vendor and their Employee(s) agree to the policies and procedures as listed above and agree not to hold the Neighborhood Associations, the Market Coordinator, HobNob Events and any of their agents liable for injuries, losses or expenses arising out of the permitted activity or any activity association with the conduct of the applicant’s operation associated with this event.

✪APPLICATION TIPS✪

We often get asked to elaborate on what makes for a great application, so we thought it would be helpful to pass along some of our top tips:

Follow Directions

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many applicants don’t do this. Please read through the application carefully, supply all of the required information, and if you need clarification, feel free to look at the Policies and Procedures and/or FAQs for answers prior to emailing us requests. Emailing doesn’t always get you the quickest answer – we receive over 500 applications and you can imagine how that affects our inbox!

Be Sure All Credit Card Information On Your Application Is Correct And Current!

Select Photos Carefully

Since we receive many more applications that we have spaces, the photos will be one of the primary ways to gauge the quality and range of your items and how they fit with the overall aesthetic of the Market. Please send in simply composed, clear, well-lit photos with plain back grounds which let your products shines. Natural light often works best. iPhone photos can work just fine as long as they are focused and well-lit.

Don’t forget to include a clear booth shot or a vignette created for the application; applications without them will not be reviewed. How your inventory is presented and your tents styled – or proposed to be styled – is a very important consideration. We want to see how you will set up your “shop for the day” and strive to create an atmosphere where the vendor tents are creative, carefully styled, and unique in presentation.

The most successful vendors and applicants have a strong visual “voice” or “look” and a clear focus in their items. This also includes the smaller but equally important details like packaging, both presentation, signage, website, etc. Authenticity to your work is also very important: be yourself and let your own individual creative voice shine through.

Keep Up To Date

Again, this may sound obvious, but if you are going to include links to your website or other shop pages, please be sure they are current, easy to navigate and have a good number of your items shown. Although these pages are not the primary means to evaluate your application, they can be considered as complement to your work beyond the submitted photos and can further help to tell your brand story.

Demonstrate Growth And Evolution If You Are A Returning Vendor

Vendors who have participated before and are most likely to be selected again are those who are continually evolving their product line. For example, continuing to evolve display and merchandising, adding new products/keeping inventory fresh, tweaking designs, etc. Ultimately this will help to keep things fresh and interesting which will not only benefit the Market, but it will benefit YOU as a seller!

Differentiate

We encourage all applicants to demonstrate in their photos and descriptions how their products stand out uniquely. This will be especially important in categories where we are heavily oversubscribed (jams? or sauces/salsas?). We encourage you to stay on top of your competition and show/tell us what makes you different in your application.

Show Commitment To Your Business

Investing the time to set up and manage a professional looking website (and/or Facebook page, etc) and in putting together professional looking signage, packaging, and booth setups shows us that you are putting the time and energy into the business versus dabbling as a hobbyist/passing time. We also really appreciate applicants who are active on social media and understand the importance of these marketing tools to help promote your events and your business as well as the Market.

A Word On Conduct And Burning Bridges

Maintaining a professional tone in your communication – and at the Market itself is incredibly important. If you have badmouthed the Market publicly after not being accepted or have sent unkind or angry emails regarding your status (yes, this happens!), you should probably think deep about applying again.

Similarly, if you are a returning vendor, you are expected to have read and to adhered to the vendor Policies and Procedures (or any other communication from the Market) and to have resolved any issues professionally, cooperatively, and reasonably with Market staff, your fellow vendors and customers.

KINDNESS, respect and being gracious matter. A lot. We work very hard to maintain a positive, professional, and collaborative vibe at our Markets and we want to continue to have vendors who will do the same.

You don’t like to work with mean people, nor do we!

If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

And finally, if you are not accepted, we truly hope you won’t be discouraged from trying again. Try to attend some of the Markets throughout the season to “feel” the Market vibe. Get a sense of your friendly market “competition”. We absolutely accept vendors who have applied more than once, but can also say that they are typically ones who demonstrate progression in their work, a commitment to business, AND a positive and professional attitude in communicating with us.

A Final, Personal Note . . .

As you can imagine, the evaluation process is quite difficult and it is certainly not perfect. Difficult choices often have to be made between very qualified vendors due to the simple constraints of space, desire for variety, and a commitment to allowing opportunities for new vendors to participate.

The evaluation process is accomplished thru many, many hours and thoughtful efforts as well as an unwavering commitment to creating the best experience for our customers AND vendors. The ongoing management and promotion of the Market and vendors (who are its heart and soul) is our full time job and one that we do with a great deal of passion and commitment. We review each and every application in detail, check websites, dig as deeply as we can when need be.

We are incredibly thankful for the support we receive from the community and vendors and feel very fortunate to spend our time doing something we truly love and are totally committed to.

It’s always humbling and an honor to review the applications. We recognize and appreciate all of the hard work and efforts put into your businesses.

Thank you for taking the time to read thru all of this information. We wish you the best of luck in all of your creative endeavors!

Warmly,
Nicole and Marilyn
Market Directors