2020 Greer Farmers Market Vendor Guidelines
GREER FARMERS MARKET
Mailing address: 230 Trade St, Greer SC 29651
Market Site: Greer City Park, 301 E Poinsett St, Greer SC 29651
Summer 2020 schedule: Saturdays May 23rd - September 19th
The Greer Farmers Market guidelines and rules are intended to ensure:
The Market is a safe and enjoyable place for residents and visitors to gather and purchase locally grown and produced items.
The Market and its vendors are in compliance with federal, state, county, and local regulations.
The Market plays a positive role in the community and has a welcoming environment.
Vendors have a fair, equitable and respectful atmosphere in which to conduct their business.
This document seeks to set forth a basic set of rules and guidelines to provide for the successful
operation of the Greer Farmers Market, but we cannot contemplate every possibility. Therefore,
the Market reserves the right to do whatever may be additionally, necessary to protect the intent and well-being of the Market, its patrons and vendors, as well as the staff, volunteers, and the City of Greer.
Selling at the Market:
All Vendors are responsible for adhering to all Federal, State and Local laws for their specific product(s) that are being sold at the Greer Farmers Market.
The following items are approved for sale:
Farmers / Producers:
Vendors who will be selling produce, honey, maple syrup, grains, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and nuts: Expected to follow all required USDA and South Carolina state standards for the production, processing, and packaging of their products.
o Vendor grown fresh fruits and vegetables
o Vendor grown herbs and spices, fresh or dried
o Market staff reserves the right to inspect a vendor's greenhouse, garden, farm, field or other place of production to verify that the products being sold meet market qualifications.
Vendors who will be selling items including, but not limited to: tea, pickled foods, baked goods, sauces, cheeses, pet products, lotions and soaps, etc.: Greer Farmers Market does recognize South Carolina Cottage Law - see further below for additional information. Food items that are not permitted under Cottage Law must be produced in a SCDHEC certified kitchen. Vendors are recommended to utilize local sources when applicable.
o Vendor grown bedding plants, hanging and potted plants, perennials and cut flowers
o Vendor grown dried flowers or plants
o Wild-caught, wild-harvested, or foraged food items, if in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Vendors who will be selling items including, but not limited to: handmade jewelry, pottery, decorations, pet accessories, etc. Commercially made, imported, or manufactured items are not permitted. Second-hand or vintage items are to be approved prior to the market. Products other than those listed may be approved for sale if the Market staff determines the
items would benefit the market as a whole.
o No live animals may be sold, displayed, or given away at the Market.
o Vendors may sell only the items listed in their market applications and approved by market management. Market staff has the right to require a vendor to remove non-approved products.
o Vendors seeking to sell items not listed on their application must request approval in writing (email acceptable) to add items to their application. These additional items cannot be sold until Market staff approval is received.
Community Groups and Corporate Partners:
All businesses and charitable organizations are welcome and encouraged to reach out to Market staff about volunteer, sponsor, and special event opportunities.
7:00 am On-site Assistants Begin Setup
7:30 - 8:20 am Vendor Setup
8:20 am All Vehicles Must Relocate from the Loading Zone to the Parking Lot
8:30 am Market is Open
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Market Breakdown
Set up / Breakdown:
Vendor set-up starts at 7:30 am. Vendors are expected to have their booth set-up and ready prior to the 8:30 am start time. Vendors who arrived after the Market start time will be allowed to set up at the discretion of the market staff. If a vendor anticipates being tardy to a market prior to the market date, contact marketing staff to make arrangements.
Vendors are expected to leave their booth in-tact until the close of the market. If a Vendor chooses to leave during the market hours, contact with the marketing staff will need to be made to ensure a safe breakdown of the booth and departure.
The Market is open from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, or until vendors sell out.
Application Fee: $20 - This fee is non-refundable; however, if accepted into the Market, this fee will be applied to the first week’s Market fee.
Tent Banner Fee: $xx (working on this)
Weekly Market Fee: Farmers/Bakers - $15, Makers - $25.
The weekly market fee is to be paid in advance online or before you set up your tent on Market day. Payments can be submitted to the Market staff the day of the Market.
Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis in public spaces. Parking on private property is not permitted unless arrangements have been made with the owner. No vehicles are allowed on the grass, sidewalks, or along the curb.
Greer Farmers Market is a “rain or shine” market; however, the Market may be cancelled due to severe/unsafe weather conditions that may pose a threat to the vendors or public. If the Market cancels, the vendors will be informed 24 hours prior to the market. The Market may close early on market days due to the above weather conditions.
Vendors are required to have a 10’x10’ white canopy tent, and weights on the legs of the tent. Booth displays should not block the main walkway. All vendors must keep signage at their booth identifying themselves, or their business, and their location. All signage or pricing should be clear and legible. All signage and product sampling must be contained within the vendor’s booth space. Signage must not obstruct the view or interfere with neighboring vendor spaces or walkways. All trash and litter should be removed from the vendor’s space following breakdown.
Vendors are expected to act considerately towards other vendors, market attendees, and market staff. Hawking is prohibited. Aggressive, inappropriate, or rude behavior will not be tolerated at the Market and will lead to the removal of said person from the Market.
Attendance is taken each week.
• Vendors are expected to attend all markets for which they are scheduled/listed on the application.
• Vendors must notify Market staff if they are NOT coming to the Market. Notice must be given in one of the following ways NO LATER than 6:00 a.m. on Market day:
o Call the farmers market voicemail (864-334-6886)
o Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Verbal notification to Market staff is not acceptable.
• Repeated late arrivals or absences by a vendor, with or without notice, may result in suspension or revocation of a vendor's selling rights.
• If a personal emergency situation arises after the market opens and a vendor feels they must leave, please notify Market staff who will do their best to facilitate departure.
Insurance & Liability:
Items brought on site are done so at the sole risk of the vendor. The City of Greer
is not responsible for any loss, damage, or destruction of personal property, equipment, and/or valuables. Vendors are responsible for their own personal and property liability insurance.
Coverage must be at least $1,000,000 general aggregate and $500,000 each occurrence.
Any vendor selling prepared food or drink items must supply the City of Greer with a certificate of general liability insurance listing the City of Greer as an additional insured. Any vendor not supplying this document will not be permitted to participate in the market.
Vendors are responsible for their retail sales taxes.
Items produced under SC Cottage Law must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Permitted food and further information can be found at the link below:
Enforcement of Market Rules
Market staff members value our good relationship with vendors and make every effort to educate vendors about the Market guidelines before and during the season. Staff reserves the right to suspend or revoke the selling rights of any vendor who repeatedly disregards one or more of the rules as outlined in these guidelines.
If Market staff suspends or revokes a vendor's selling rights for any reason, the selling rights of all working at that booth - primary seller and additional sellers, whether it be family, friends, agents, employees, etc.- are likewise suspended or revoked.
The rules, policies, and guidelines are determined, and may be changed, by the Market staff with approval of the GFM Manager. Vendors will be notified of any significant changes
and the date they become effective.
The Greer Farmers Market encourages feedback, both positive comments and constructive criticism, about all aspects of market management. Feedback may be sent the following ways:
By email: email@example.com
By mail: Greer Farmers Market, 230 Trade St, Greer SC 29651
A vendor may be asked to provide their comments in writing. Market staff will share the information with appropriate personnel for follow up.
Prepared January, 2020 for the Greer Farmers Market