Please read and understand the following BEFORE beginning the application process:

2017 Market Guidelines and Application

Mission

It is the mission of the Rockmart Farmers Market to improve the health of our community by increasing access to locally grown and produced foods, to increase knowledge of fresh food preparation and preservation, to increase the capacity of our local food system by providing support to local food producers, and to preserve and promote the food and farming heritage of the Rockmart area.

Market Board

A board of directors manages the Rockmart Farmers Market.  All decisions regarding vendor involvement in the market, changes to the rules, and any complaints related to the market, including vendor disputes, are handled through the board.

Vendor Selection

Vendors for the Rockmart Farmers Market will be selected by the market board. Admission to sell at the market will be based on: product quality, market mix, and prior market vendor history. 

The number of vendors will be limited whose primary products are in the following categories: breads, sweet breads, jams & jellies and any other specialty food categories.  Arts & Crafts are only permitted as secondary products for food vendors and only on a case-by-case basis. Vendors must include pictures and descriptions of their craft products with their application. Those vendors who have duplicate products may be put on a waiting list.

The Rockmart Farmers Market reserves the right to refuse any applicant or ask any vendor to leave the market at any time.

Vendor Qualifications

Selling space is limited to producers whose primary place of business is located within a county which is located within a 60-mile radius of the boundaries of Polk County, GA. Those included counties are: The Georgia Counties of; Bartow, Carrolton Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spaulding, Troup, Union, Walker, Walton and Whitfield. The Alabama Counties of; Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Cleburne, Clay, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa and Randolph.

Vendors are responsible for meeting the local, state and federal requirements to sell their products.  Examples include food safety requirements and licensing.  For more information, vendors may contact the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture’s Consumer Protection Division at 404-656-3627.

Vendors are required to provide The Rockmart Farmers Market with a copy of all appropriate licenses and certifications.

The approval process, including Farm Visit and Board vote can take three to four weeks to complete, please allow ample time for processing. Applications to be at Opening Day MUST BE RECIEVED BY APRIL 6th, 2017.  

Vendor Responsibilities

The Rockmart Farmers Market is a Producer-Only market. No reselling of any product shall be permitted at any time. Intentional deception of a product’s origin is cause for immediate expulsion from the market. 

Vendors must agree to farm visits by a minimum of two board members and the market manager.  Visits may be conducted at any time during the year and may occur on multiple occasions if necessary to verify that the vendor is producing the products sold or intending to be sold at the Rockmart Farmers Market.

Vendors are only allowed to sell items listed on their original application. Vendors wishing to add new items must submit an amended application to be approved before selling new items.

All vendors must accept the food stamp tokens for approved food items at the Farmers market.  Vendors will return all tokens at the end of each market to the market manager and tally the total amount.  Vendors will then be reimbursed for the amount by check via mail.  There are no exceptions.

Vendors must notify the market manager two days prior if unable to attend a market.

Please provide detailed product information (including pictures) on the Monday before market via email RockmartFarmersMarket@gmail.com or by calling (404) 436-1818 and leaving a message.  This information will be used to promote the market and our vendors on the website, Facebook, newspapers, and other promotional materials.  Communicating accurately to our customers’ increases sales for everyone. 

Vendors may not set up prior to 12:45pm without prior permission.

Vendors may not smoke on the market premises at any time.
Vendors must arrive no later than 15 minutes before the market begins.

Vendors may only park or set-up in the spaces designated by the market manager.

Vendor booth space priority will be assigned based on percentage of markets attended.

Vendors must leave their space as they found it with no trash or other debris.

Vendors may not park in the SouthCrest Bank parking lot.

Vendors may not leave the market early except by permission from the manager. 

No vendor shall communicate in a disparaging way about other vendors or their products to customers or other vendors.

Rain Policy

The market will open and stay open unless the weather is dangerous. Dangerous weather is defined as high winds or lightening. The decision to attend during inclement weather is solely the vendor’s responsibility.

2017 Market Dates

The 2017 Market will open every Thursday from 2-6pm beginning May 4th and continue year-round with special Holiday Markets Thursdays in November and December, excluding Thanksgiving.  Vendors may also participate in two additional events Welshfest the 3rd Saturday in March and The Riverwalk Festival the 3rd Saturday of October.

 

Market Complaints

Any vendor or person who wishes to place a complaint concerning the market must submit their complaint to the Board in writing to:

The Rockmart Farmers Market

PO Box 554

Rockmart, GA 30153. 

 

Vendor Fees

A one-time, non-refundable fee of $25.00 is due with application. A weekly fee of $15.00 is due at the beginning of each market.  Checks can be made payable to the Rockmart Farmers Market.


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