Vendor Application – 2018

CFM Vendor Criteria

Community Farmers Markets aims to create a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. We seek producers, programs, and partnerships that uphold environmental, social, and economic integrity.

We select a diverse group of vendors for each of our markets to provide our customers with access to the highest quality fresh and local food. No spots are guaranteed and all selected vendors will be considered probationary in the first season. The criteria outline below will be strictly enforced and is subject to audit.

  • CFM supports primary producers. We do not allow the resale of any product at our markets without prior approval.
  • Vendors selling edible products must obtain general and product liability insurance.
  • Vendors must comply with all requirements set forth by Department of Health, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and/ or the USDA, and obtain any and all permits and licenses required by local and State law, including, but not limited to a business license.

Vendors who are found not adhering to CFM by-laws and regulations of local and State laws are subject to review.

Requirements/ Restrictions

Products that may be sold at CFM markets include the following:

  • Vegetables grown by the seller from seeds, seedlings, or sets.
  • Fruits, berries, or nuts grown on trees, bushes, or vines on the seller’s farm.
  • Plants grown by the seller from seed, seedling, or transplant.
  • Eggs produced by the seller’s poultry.
  • Honey produced by the seller’s bees.
  • Fresh baked goods and prepared food items must be made from scratch by the seller using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
  • Fresh cut flowers grown on the seller’s farm.
  • Meat products must be produced from animals raised on the seller’s farm.
  • Dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt must be produced from animals raised on the seller’s farm.
  • Fish products must to be humanely caught or raised.
  • Pet food and treats made from scratch by the seller using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
  • Foraging is an acceptable practice. Foraged products must be approved by the CFM Director of Operations prior to sale.
Farm Products:

CFM supports sustainable farming practices and a sustainability assessment is a requirement of the vendor application process.

  • We use Organic and Certified Naturally Grown standards as the baseline for selecting vendors, although we do not require vendors to be USDA Certified Organic. Any pesticides, herbicides, GMO seeds or synthetic fertilizers must be disclosed at the time of the application. If accepted to vend at any CFM, written approval from the Director of Operations must be obtained prior to goods entering the market that do not meet Organic/ CNG standard.
  • CFM supports small, local, and diversified farms. Proximity of your farm’s location will be considered in the application process.
  • CFM defines local as within a 200 mile radius of the city of Atlanta.
  • Reselling is not permitted without approval. We may permit you to sell a colleagues’ products if the farm has undergone CFM approval and you receive prior written approval from the Director of Operations. All products not grown on your farm must be labeled as such, meeting the criteria of the City of Atlanta Farmers Market Ordinance, regardless of which CFM market you are vending at.
  • Foraged products are acceptable, but all foraged food must be pre-approved by the Market Manager and clearly labeled as “wild” or “foraged”.
Prepared Food Products:
  • All foods must be prepared in a kitchen certified by Department of Agriculture, Department of Health or USDA.
  • All products must be made by you or your staff (ie: if you sell cookies, you must make the cookies from scratch).
  • If selling packaged food items, all vendors must have Food Sales Establishment License and Department of Agriculture approved labels.
  • Use of local farm ingredients is required. If the product is available locally, it is expected that you will purchase it from a local and sustainable source. We ask that you source products in the following order:
    1. From within the market
    2. From local farms
    3. Within Georgia
    4. Within the Southeast region
    5. Within the continental US
  • Use of sustainably produced ingredients is strongly encouraged. Individuals whose sourcing most aligns with this criteria will receive preference for market admittance.
  • All meat products must be pre-approved by the Director of Operations. CFM requires meat products to be sourced from sustainable producers, such as from another CFM vendor if available, and/ or organic, local, grass-feed, free-range, etc.
  • All vendors must submit a list of ingredients and sources to be pre-approved by the Director of Operations. If utilizing a seasonal menu, a regular update the to the Director of Operations is required for pre-approval of new products.
Pet Food & Treats
  • All Pet Food & Treats must meet the regulations and requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Plant Food, Fee & Grain Division.
  • Pet Food & Treats must incorporate local and sustainable products. Preference is given those who source products from CFM farmers.
  • There is only one space devoted to pet food & treats at each market, we do not repeat vendor booths within this category.
Artists:
  • CFM exists to support farmers and local food producers, however we feature regular and occasional artists.
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to use items and create products that relate to the mission of our markets.
Bath & Body Products:
  • Bath & Body products must incorporate local and sustainable materials.
  • There is only one space devoted to bath & body products at each market — we do not repeat vendor booths within this category.

 


The 2018 Vendor Applications are now available.

Note there are two applications below — if you are a Returning Vendor please complete the “Returning Vendor Application”. If you have yet not participated in a CFM market, please complete the “New Vendor Application”.

Vendor applications are due on Friday, January 12th 2018. Accepted vendors will be notified of their acceptance no later than Friday, January 26th 2018.

All supplemental materials should be emailed to applications@communityfarmersmarkets.org with the subject line “[YOUR BUSINESS/FARM] Supplemental Materials” and application fees should be paid using the PayPal link below. Please note application fees are nonrefundable regardless of your acceptance.


 

Required Supplemental Materials:

  • Business license
  • Department of Ag/Health Certification, as required by your business
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Farm Plan (for growers)
  • Ingredient lists and sourcing information (for producers)

 

The separate payment options for applications fees are below.

** Returning vendors & new vendors**
Please submit your payment using the corresponding application fee page, linked above. Applications will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid. All application fees are nonrefundable.

Returning Vendors:


Number of Markets




New Vendors:


Number of CFM Markets




Please submit your payment using the corresponding application fee page, linked above. Applications will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid. All application fees are nonrefundable.

If accepted to vend with Community Farmers Markets vendor booth fees will be collected weekly. Please refer to the following chart for more information regarding the cost of weekly fees.


Season Length

Ponce City Farmers Market: April 10th – November 20th
Decatur Wednesday: April 11th – December 19th

  • Closed on July 4th
  • Closed on November 21st (week of Thanksgiving)

East Atlanta Village: April 12th – November 15th (Giving Thanks Potluck as last day of market)
Decatur Saturday: Saturday April 14th – December 15th
Grant Park: April 8th – December 16th


Vendor Fees

If accepted to vend with Community Farmers Markets, vendor booth fees will be collected weekly.

CFM will offer a 30% discount for Vendor Fees paid in full until Friday, March 30th.

Between Saturday, April 1st and Monday, April 16th CFM will offer a 10% discount for Vendor Fees paid in full.

After Monday, April 16th no discounts will be applied.

Vendor fee discounts are only available for vendors attending market on a weekly basis.

 

Market Weekly FARMER Fee FARMER 30% Prepaid Discount (available until Friday, March 31st) Weekly NON-FARMER Fee NON-FARMER 30% Prepaid Discount (available until Friday, March 31st)
Decatur Wednesday $20 $490.00

($210 discount)

$20 $490.00

($210 discount)

Decatur Saturday $20 $504.00

($216 discount)

$20 $504.00

($216 discount)

East Atlanta Village $20 $448.00

($192 discount)

$25 $560.00

($240 discount)

Grant Park $25 $647.50

($277.50 discount)

$35 $906.50

($388.50 discount)

Ponce City Market $20 $462.00

($198 discount)

$25 $577.50 ($247.50 discount)

 

Please click the Pay Now button if you would like to pay for you vendor fees ahead of time to receive the discount.





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