Main Street Morrilton Farmers’ Market Vendor Guidelines

 

Market Timing:  First Thursday of each month from June-October, 4 pm-7 pm

  • June 4, 2020

  • July 2, 2020

  • August 6, 2020

  • September 3, 2020

  • October 1, 2020

Market Address: City parking lot on 100 block of East Commerce Street, Morrilton, Arkansas.  During the market, live music will be hosted in the adjacent pocket park, but all vendors will be gathered in the parking lot.  

 

The Farmers’ Market will be held rain or shine in conjunction with additional downtown First Thursday events. The cost to participate is a non-refundable $10 per month for preferred spaces (reserved, electricity provided, and shade) or $5 per month for spaces not guaranteed shade or electricity.  Vendors who sign up for all six market dates in advance get one month free.  This fee includes a pre-assigned 12’x15’ space. Apply online using the link above, print the application using the link above, or get a paper application from Agri Co-Op Supply or the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Main Street Morrilton Farmers’ Market committee is seeking vendors who offer local produce and farm items, locally prepared food products, plants and fresh-cut flowers, and unique arts and crafts.  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.  Contact us at kara.cm.jones@gmail.com.

Main Street Morrilton Farmers' Market is an approved location for SNAP.  Main Street Morrilton will use a voucher system to process EBT cards.  If you as a vendor agree to accept the vouchers, you will be reimbursed  by Main Street Morrilton at the conclusion of each market.  You may use your own SNAP POS equipment as long as you have taken proper steps to add our location.  

 

Vendor regulations:

 

The Farmers’ Market will be held rain or shine.  In the event of rain, the market will be moved inside the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce.  The market manager will make the determination and contact vendors of a change in location.  The Farmers’ Market will be held in conjunction with additional downtown First Thursday events which include live music and discounts at participating downtown businesses.  

There are 10 15'x12' preferred spaces available.  These spaces have shade and electricity and are $10 per month.  These spaces will be reserved for the first 10 vendors who complete application and pay for these spots.  Additional spaces are available for $5 per month.  These spaces are also be reserved but do not offer shade or electricity.  However, canopies are welcome.  If all 6 months are paid in advance, vendor will receive one month at no cost. All fees are non refundable.  

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 or email will be sent on the Monday before the market.  Main Street Morrilton will advertise the market in multiple ways, and we depend on our vendors.  

 

Vendors must provide any canopies, tables, chairs, shopping bags, change for cash purchases, scales, WiFi, or anything else needed for their booth.

 

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.  We ask that vendors not selling from a truck bed park outside the market area.  

Animals cannot be sold in the farmers’ market.  Wholesale produce and independent consultants need not apply. Product must be 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).  

 

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 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. 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.  Arts & Crafts: Vendors selling arts & crafts must be handmade. Arts and crafts vendor are encouraged to demonstrate their craft within their booth space. 

 

Bathrooms and water are available within 200 feet.  Wifi is not available.  Vendor must supply extension cord(s) for electricity.   

 

Please contact the Conway County Health Inspector at 501-354-4654 if you have questions regarding Health Department standards.

 

Items that can be sold under the Cottage Food Act of 2010 are as follows: 

  • Bakery Products that do not require refrigeration 

  • Fruit butter, jams, jellies, candy 

  • Honey, sorghum, 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.

 

Read more about the law Arkansas Cottage Food Law.  (https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSPPC115.pdf)

 

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

Contact us at kara.cm.jones@gmail.com with questions.

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