2019 Application Materials

Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Dear BAFM Members,

 

Applications are now available for the 2019 market season! This year's application packet consists of the application form and the 2019 Rules, which include the annual calendar, a list of committee members, board contact information, the Planet Pop-up Market guidelines, and the 2019 Work Hours Form. Don't forget that only your membership fee is due with the application; other fees are payable on Site Day (April 20). Applications from returning reserved site vendors need to be postmarked by March 1 and mailed with the membership fee to BAFM, PO Box 1057, Brattleboro VT 05302. Please note that your membership payment must also be received by this date if you send your application electronically. (You can email it to the market manager here.

There have been a few changes to the rules this year. Following are some of the most significant:

1. The work hours deposit has increased to $200 for the season.

2. Vendors no longer need to pay commission on sales whose transactions take place entirely outside of market and for which the market is used ONLY as a pickup location. This relates to orders that are paid for outside of market. If any money changes hands at market, vendors will need to pay commission on it, even if the customer ordered the product or made initial arrangements outside of market.

3. The fee payment schedule has changed for Downtown Market vendors and Saturday half- season vendors (though note that all 2019 dates are different from last year's). The changes are as follows:

    • First-half-season vendors pay the first installment on April 20, Site Day, and the second (final) installment on June 15, 2019.

    • Second-half-season vendors pay the first installment on April 20, Site Day, and the second (final) installment on July 27, 2019.

    • Downtown Market vendors pay the first installment on April 20, Site Day, and the second (final) installment on July 30, 2019.

4. In regards to value-added agricultural products, please note the following rule change:

    • All applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations regarding the value-added product must be followed, including honest and obvious labeling. A paper trail is required to document the above submitted to the board prior to desired date to start selling the value-added product.

5. Vendors should also note that the board expects strict adherence to booth structure requirements, particularly as follows (as stated in the rules):

    • Because of flood plain restrictions, structure posts must be buried a minimum of eighteen (18) inches in the ground. All tables and structure accessories must be securely attached to the structure. No solid panels or walls of any material may be within eighteen 18” of the ground. No loose objects (e.g. cinder blocks, fixtures, tables, tarps and any other loose items) may be left on site between markets. Between markets, if an object is not embedded in the ground, it must be secured to the structure. All materials put up for the season must be securely attached ( i.e. tarps).


 

Last year our Downtown Market had a successful season at its great new venue - the New England Youth Theater on Flat Street. The 2018 season brought an increase in agricultural sales and excellent customer feedback. There's more space for vendors this year, and we especially need prepared foods and goodies to go. Come join a growing market!

 

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions at farmersmarket05301@gmail.com or 802-254-8885 (call or text). We hope you will return to the market this season and look forward to working with you.

          All the best,

          Meghan and the BAFM Board of Directors

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