truths & whatnot
about spending time at our holiday market
We like to think our farmers' market helps you to the next place. We aim to make growing your business easier. Why? Because we believe in the entrepreneur, the little gal/guy and the dandy dream. We really like good food, too.
Because of our really cool market model, we see upwards of 300 vendors a year. And our market manager communicates with well over 800 prospective vendors each year. This is a lot of people, and although we aim to give you all the attention we can - this can be tough. That means that the below resources may come in handy when imagining your dandy dream.
I'm a nonprofit community organization - can I request a stall? It depends. Your best bet is to ask our market manager. Please note, we give preference to those organizations that support sustainable agriculture or are actively working on food and farming causes. Our market is real popular with vendors and unfortunately, we don't often have additional space. We do our best though. This same sort of thought process goes to fundraisers. It depends, and please ask.
I don't sell food, instead I sell arts & craft wares and/or vintage items. Can I apply? Our holiday market is the place for you! Please ask to be notified about this opportunity below. Additionally, our regular season marketplace only hosts those vendors that sell ready-to-eat and packaged food, produce, or food grade ingredients (in the case of our body care vendors), and only those products that they've personally made or grown.
I'm a musician - can I play at your market? It depends. We don't actively recruit musicians during our regular season (May thru Oct.) market. However, if you'd like to play for customer tips - please contact our market manager, as space may be available. You should know our market sees between 3,000 and 4,500 customers every Sunday. Preference is given to those musicians that live in the area, and we do like to hear a sample of your work before giving you a slot.
Can I apply if I don't have my >> insert any of the following here << State of Minnesota cottage food certificate, City of Minneapolis farmers' market permit, MN ST19 form, and/or insurance certificate? We prefer for your application to be completed in full before applying. This lessens our labor costs, thus keeping our organizational costs low. Starting with our holiday season, we require a nonrefundable $15 application fee.
How many customers does your market see each week? Weather challenges not withstanding, we see between 2500 and 4500 (event days) each Sunday.
Do I have to attend the market every Sunday? Our market model allows for lots of flexibility. In fact, we discourage vendors from attending each and every market. Plus, who doesn't need a Sunday off every so often? Instead, we like that our vendor compliation changes up from week to week. It's simple - our vendor application allows you to pick and choose your dates of attendance. Please note, once you've committed to that date (and you've been accepted to vend with us) - we will charge you for that date. We require 48-hours notice of any changes to your schedule. Furthermore, any no shows will be charged the regular rate, and any future dates may be crossed off our books, e.g. no show, no notice, no market for you ever again.
Will I be the only vendor selling a particular product, e.g. will I have the market cornered and all to myself? Nope. We aim to create a dynamic, ever changing and competitive marketplace. You'll often hear our market manager say, "we create a market, not a monoply." What does that mean? We may have 3 salsa vendors, 2 switchel vendors and 12 farmers selling tomatoes at each market. We believe in offering our customers a diversity of product and brands, much like your local grocery store. Instead we encourage vendors to use their 100-square feet (10' x 10') of space to best showcase your products. In fact, in no other situation will you have this much space in a retail environment. Brand your space, think trade-show booth, home & garden show and boutique grocery store display. Use Pinterest as your muse. It's your job to tell our customers why you are different from the other gal/guy. Bring the fun! Be generous with samples, hone your sales skills and tell your story - a farmers' market is the best locale to be an entrepreneur. Go to town...ahem, market! This also changes how we accept vendors. Our curation is based on quality of product, and if you've got a strong point of view - interesting to our customers, they'll let you know and ask you to come back. Simple as all that.
I'm a new vendor to your market. How do I know where my location will be?Each week our market manager sends all vendors scheduled that Sunday an email. YOU ARE REQUIRED to read this email. In fact, we know when you don't. It includes all sorts of great information about upcoming promotions that you can easily use on your own social networking sites. It also includes your stall location, tips on set up/take down and vendor parking. Everything you need to know about being a vendor with our market is provided here and at our "Policies and Procedures" page, along with the aforementioned "Logistics" emails.
Our market manager handles upwards of 50 vendors each week, and requires that you come prepared with everything you need to vend. This includes, handwashing stations, weights, your own tent/tables. You also must be prepared to park in our vendor parking lot. For information on our designated parking lot for vendors go to our Vendor Portal.
Yes, we have electricity, and yes, it's available to vendors. No there is no additional cost. Your responsibility is to bring a COMMERCIAL in quality, outdoor extension cord and it must be at least 100 feet. We ask that you tape down your own cord with duct tape.
If I sample, or make a ready-to-eat product do I need a handwashing station? YES! YES! YES! More information on where to find this is available at our Vendor Portal resource page.