Mission: Rose City Farmers Market enhances the lives of the community by creating reliable access to healthy, fresh, locally grown food; delivering consistent wellness education; generating much-needed income; and supporting local farmers, food producers, and artisans by providing programs that foster social gathering.
Dates: Our market season is from April 20, 2019 to the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 23, 2019. The market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
By filling out this application, I acknowledge and agree to each of the following rules of Rose City Farmers Market. I understand that any disregard of these rules may be grounds for removal of my membership.
Vendors are selected by a seniority-type system. Vendors in good standing are given ﬁrst opportunity to return the following year. Vendors who come to all market days will be given priority over those who will come less frequently.
To apply to become an approved member of Rose City Farmers Market (RCFM) submit a completed Membership Application, Member Agreement and Legal Indemnity Agreement. Upon a successful farm inspection (if applicable) and application review, pay a season member fee of $50.
Agricultural producers will have a farm visit by a member of the Advisory Committee prior to becoming a member. Value-added producers are reviewed and selected by the Advisory Committee and may be subject to a site visit.
All products sold at RCFM shall be grown or produced by the member or member’s agent, and grown or produced within 75 miles of the RCFM location. The agent must be fully educated and knowledgeable about the product, how it is used, grown or produced, and be able to communicate this clearly to customers. Very limited exceptions to “producers only” or “local only” rules will be made through a vote of the Advisory Committee. Keeping the market producer-only and local are the primary objectives of RCFM. Permitted items for sale include: agricultural products, horticultural products, individually wrapped food or dairy items meeting local and state regulations, and handcrafted non-food items.
All agricultural members are subject to farm inspections and are required to be available for surprise inspections immediately following (but not limited to) each market day. The member will pay a one-time farm visit fee prior to selling at the market. The fee is based on mileage from the farmers market to the farm and back. The fee will be paid to the Farmers Market Director prior to the farm visit. Mileage rates will be based on the current state approved mileage reimbursement rate less approximately 30%, which is $ 0.40 per mile. Any member in violation of the “producer only” rule will be immediately removed as a member of the Rose City Farmers Market and will no longer be allowed to trade at the market.
Members are encouraged to use environmentally responsible and sustainable methods of production.
Transparency is critical to the integrity and success of our market. Whether you follow organic or conventional growing practices, use organic ingredients or not in your products, it is imperative you communicate these details to any inquiring customers, other members, media, etc.
All potted plants, trees, or nursery starters that are sold at RCFM must be grown from seed, plug, cutting, bulb, or bare-root by the member. No resale of pre-ﬁnished plants is allowed unless part of an artistic arrangement.
Each member is responsible for obtaining a sales tax number, if required by the State of Texas, and collecting and paying any sales tax assessed on their product(s). The member shall be responsible for ﬁling any and all tax returns required by the State of Texas and/or IRS with respect to sales tax collection and sales reporting.
All Rose City Farmers Market members are responsible for their own general commercial liability insurance policy. Rose City Farmers Market does not carry liability insurance for members. Rose City Farmers Market is not responsible for vendor liability insurance. Rose City Farmers Market strongly encourages members to seek information and obtain general commercial liability insurance.
All members participating in Rose City Farmers Market shall be individually responsible for any loss, personal injury, death, and/or other damage that might occur as a result of the member’s negligence or that of its servants, agents and employees. Because no insurance is provided to members of Rose City Farmers Market, each vendor is responsible for his/her own product liability insurance.
All members will pay a trade fee of $20.00 per trade day. Trade day fees shall be collected by the Market Director or acting Market Manager each trade day. If the trade fee is a barrier to a member’s ability to sell at the market, a negotiated fee may be approved by the Advisory Committee.
Members are allotted a 10′ x 10′ trade space. If you require additional trade space on occasion, please make a request with the Market Director at least 48 hours before trade day to determine if space is available. Please keep all product and display materials within your 10’ x 10’ space. The RCFM Market Director’s role is to ensure the smooth operation of the market each day. The Market Director and the Farmers Market Advisory Committee have primary responsibility for the operation of Rose City Farmers Market.
The RCFM Advisory Committee will vote by consensus on all member participation and approved products to be sold at the market. The RCFM Market Director will have ﬁnal approval of all member participation and products sold at the market.
Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine. The RCFM Market Director may elect to close the market in the event of dangerous or threatening weather.
All Members shall sign the Legal Indemnity Agreement before selling at RCFM.