First Thursday Farmers' Markets will resume in May 2020.  Below is the market information from 2019 for your reference.

The cost to participate is a non-refundable $5 for per each market date or $25 for all 6 dates (one date free). This fee includes a pre-assigned 12’x21’ space. Apply online here, print the application here, or get a paper application from Agri Co-Op Supply or the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Farmers’ Market will be held in the city parking lot on the 100 block of East Commerce Street in Morrilton, Arkansas.  Vendors who offer local produce and farm items, locally prepared food products, plants and fresh-cut flowers, and unique arts and crafts are welcome to apply. Group vendors are encouraged. Applying for consideration for market does not guarantee a space. The market planning committee will contact you to confirm the status of your application. All vendors will be confirmed by April 1, 2019. Preferential spaces will be given to vendors who commit to the six market dates for the 2019 season. Contact us at kara.cm.jones@gmail.com with questions.

 

COST: The Farmers’ Market will be held rain or shine in conjunction with additional downtown First Thursday events. The cost for vendors to participate is a non-refundable $5 for per each market date or $25 for all 6 dates (one date free). This fee includes a pre-assigned space consisting of 12 feet of width against the west wall of the market and 21 feet of length to accommodate vendors wishing to sell directly from a truck bed. This allotment will accommodate a four door, short wheel base truck, a single cab long base truck, or smaller. All spaces will be assigned by the market planning committee and are non-negotiable.

 

CANCELLATIONS: Please contact Kara Jones at 501-208-4598 at least 48 hours prior to the market opening if you cannot attend the market so a replacement vendor can be attained. No refunds will be given for cancellations. A reminder text and/or email will be sent asking for confirmation. Main Street Morrilton will advertise the market in multiple ways, and we depend on our vendors.

 

SUPPLIES: Portions of the market venue are shaded. Vendors must provide any canopies, tables, chairs, shopping bags, change for cash purchases, scales, Wi-Fi, or anything else needed for their booth.

 

SET-UP: All vendors must by on-site by 3:45 pm. Booths must be open at 4:00 pm and remain open until 7:00 pm.

For safety reasons, no vehicles may enter or leave the market area between 3:45 and 7:00 pm. Key Club volunteers may be available to assist you in loading and unloading. We ask that vendors not selling from a truck bed park outside the market area.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Bathrooms are available within 200 feet. Electricity hook ups, Wi-Fi, and internet are not available. If a generator is required for product refrigeration, the unit must be quiet or kept behind panels to deter noise. The Farmers' Market committee may ask vendors to turn off generators due to noise level.

 

RESTRICTIONS: Animals cannot be sold in the Farmers’ Market. Wholesale produce and independent consultants need not apply. Product must be of high quality. All vendors will observe sanitation or other legal requirements. If you have unfit produce and must weed it out at the Market, you must pack it and take it back home with you – no spoiled produce can be left or disposed of at the Market or in nearby dumpster(s).

 

Arts & Crafts: Arts & crafts being sold must be handmade. Arts and crafts vendors are encouraged to demonstrate their craft within their booth space.

 

The vendor is responsible for paying all applicable taxes related to sales made at First Thursday Farmers’ Market.

HEALTH STANDARDS: Any vendor bringing homemade food items to sell at the Market must follow the requirements set forth by the Health Department. All homemade items must have a label affixed to the packaging. Printed clearly on the label should be the following information: your name or business name, full address and phone number, net weight of product, and a complete listing of ingredients.

 

Health Department Guidelines: Due to the handling of food products / food nature, personal hygiene /cleanliness must be kept in line with Arkansas Department of Health code 3-401: The overall cleanliness and observation of good hygienic practices by vendors include not only the personal cleanliness of the vendors but also the way he/she performs his/her business transactions.

 

Items that can be sold under the Cottage Food Act of 2010 include bakery products that do not require refrigeration; fruit butter, jams, jellies, candy; and honey, sorghum, and maple syrup.

 

Items that CANNOT be sold unless a permit from the Arkansas Department of Health is presented:

 

  • Sliced fruits or vegetables

  • Smoked meats

  • Anything requiring handling, bagging, dividing, portioning, weighing, etc.

  • Anything requiring refrigeration

  • Canned foods

  • Cheesecake

  • Cream cheese based frostings or fillings

  • Cream pies & cream filled items

  • Cured meats

  • Custard pies

  • Dried fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices

  • Dried meats

  • Juices

  • Meringue pies

  • Milled grain, flour, meal

  • Pickled vegetables

  • Salad

  • Shelled peas or nuts

  • Sprouted beans or seeds

  • Salsa

Meat: Producers of meat products are welcome at the Market and are required to follow all of the local, state and national guidelines. All frozen meat products must be kept frozen; all refrigerated meat products must be kept refrigerated according to the State Health Department regulations.

Seafood: Fresh seafood must be refrigerated, bagged and sold per bag. It must be labeled with the origin name, address & phone number.

 

Eggs: Fresh eggs must be in plain cartons printed with the information of the seller and kept in a refrigerated unit.

 

Please contact Paul Cree, Conway County Health Inspector at 501-354-4654 paul.cree@arkansas.gov or Jasmine Brown, Health Department Inspector 501-280-3378 jasmine.brown@arkansas.gov) if you have questions about Health Department standards.  Read more about the Arkansas Cottage Food Law at https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSPPC115.pdf.

 

The Farmers’ Market will be held rain or shine in the city parking lot on the 100 block of East Commerce Street in Morrilton, Arkansas. All vendors must comply with Health Department standards.  Group vendors are encouraged. Applying for consideration for market does not guarantee a space. The market planning committee will contact you to confirm the status of your application by April 1, 2019. Preferential spaces will be given to vendors who commit to the six market dates for the 2019 season. Contact us at kara.cm.jones@gmail.com with questions.

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