The below links provide our application and information on our policies.
resources to vend at our holiday market =
+ WHERE TO PURCHASE COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING
invoicing & payment
current opportunities \ farmers & food producers
NearestYou.com is a local Minneapolis startup that builds store locators for artisan brands to help answer your most common customer question: “Where can I find your products near me?”. NY lists your store locator on their site so others can discover your brand and your products.
NearestYou.com store locators are extremely affordable and they start at $5/month for up to 50 retail locations. Your listing on NearestYou is free. NY has partnered with Linden Hills Farmers' Market to offer a 50% discount on our locators for the entire 2016 season.
NY has also developed a streamlined creative services offering for LHFM vendors in need of inexpensive mobile-friendly website design, simple e-commerce functionality on an existing site, and social media strategy, set up and management services.
RED Food is an online platform that connects farmers to wholesale buyers, including restaurants and personal chefs. RED services are meant to expand your current sales channels.
Using RED, you can leave the farm with food already packed in boxes and sold though RED-food.com, in addition to the food you currently sell at the market.
Everything you need to know about becoming and staying a vendor with our market is right here.
For answers to our commonly asked questions go to our Vendor FAQ's page.
Before reaching out to our market staff - we ask that you review the below information.
set up/take down
Set up/load in begins at 8AM. We like to make our neighbors happy, and that means minimizing our load in/load out time.
Load out time begins at 3PM.
Vehicles are allowed in the parking lot during load in/load out. Please, please be aware of your surroundings and limit your unload time - as our space is supremely limited. We have upwards of 50 vendors every Sunday. This is always a time of chaos and we encouarage you to unload your car into your space, then park your car in the designated vendor parking lot.
Vendor vehicles are not allowed to enter the market after 9:30AM. Vendors are not allowed to begin set up after 9:30AM.
Your stall location may change from week. We believe that changing things up allows for customer exploration.
Our manager sends a Vendor Logistics email on the Friday or Saturday before your scheduled market date. It includes a map. This map changes from week to week and is only available in the email we send on Friday or Saturday.
We ask that vendors review this email closely.
It includes your stall location, the upcoming week's promo and tips for your time at our market.
The below links are provided to help vendors source items necessary to have a presence at farmers' markets.
what you need
To sell at our market you will need provide a few documents. This includes;
+ a MN tax form, ST19. This is a sales tax declaration.
+ an insurance policy listing the Linden Hills Farmers' Market at (2813 W 43rd St Minneapolis, MN 55410) as a location where your insurance is in effect.
+ payment of your $15 nonrefundable application fee.
after you apply
Vendors are responsible for submitting all their required documentation prior to acceptance.
After we've received your required documents our market manager will communicate with you about your dates and if you've been accepted.
We are always reviewing applications and bring in new vendors every Sunday throughout our season. Because of the fluid nature of our marketplace - we have almost always have stalls available for new vendors.
Please note, we are only accepting food producers and grower vendors at this time. Food trucks and ready-to-eat food vendors are welcome to apply as well.
Things to keep in mind all season long:
+ Stall cancellation must be made at least 48 hours in advance of our market day and in writing. Keeping the market full, without any holes in the spaces is key to supporting our energy. Plus, by notifying me of your absence I can then find a replacement. Other vendors notice if you don’t show, and this changes the friendliness overall.
+ If your cancellation occurs within 48 hours or you are a no-show, you will be charged the full stall fee.
+ According to our formal policy, a single no-show may mean forfeit of your stall for the remainder of the season.
+ We sometimes have walk-in stalls available. A call will go out early in the work week, and these opportunities are first-come first-serve.
+ Tent weights are required 100% of the time. There is absolutely no excuse for not weighting your tent adequately. VENDORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE MARKET WITHOUT THEM.
+ My job as a manager is to create a dynamic market place and to dispel the monopoly seen at other farmers’ markets. That means there may be multiple vendors selling a similar product on the same day. This allows for customer choice and provides a sales environment more akin to what an up-and-coming producer may experience in a grocery setting. This is may be unsettling at first. I encourage you to keep an open mind.
+ Our market meets every Sunday, rain or shine. Again, I refer you to the above listed no-show policy.
+ In the case of inclement weather (thunderstorm with lightening and high winds, a snowstorm) you will be notified of a market delay or early closing. Do not hesitate to contact me market day with questions (6128670854).
+ Customer parking is at a premium. There is no lot parking available for vendors.
+ Your location at the market may vary from week to week. We capitalize on an environment where customer energy and curiosity are heightened through exploration. I try to pair or group vendors based on products ripe for cross promotion. Additionally, our unique layout - as designed by Shea Architects - makes use of corner stalls and supports customers walking past a stall no less than two times per visit. This type of layout was popular with customers and worked well for vendors last year. READ THE MAP VIA THE LOGISTICS NEWSLETTER EVERY WEEK.
+ NEED ELECTRICITY? EXTENSION CORDS! MAKE 'EM LONG, LIKE REAL LONG, AND OF THE COMMERCIAL/HEAVY DUTY KIND. You will need to provide duct tape to tape down your cords.