Guest Vending at a Seacoast Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market
Becoming a guest vendor is a great way to get to know the SGA and the individual markets. This is usually the first step towards becoming a new member and having a weekly presence at the markets. Guest vendors, once accepted, are invited to vend up to six different times during the season, depending on space availability.
WHAT TO KNOW:
Make your own: All vendors must grow/raise/catch/make what they sell at our markets. No re-selling is permitted.
York, Rockingham, Strafford counties:Our bylaws require that all products be made within these three counties. If you live locally but make your product in a different county, that does not qualify.
Licensing:Prepared foods must be made in a licensed and inspected kitchen.
Health Permits: Prepared foods vendors at the Portsmouth and Dover markets must abide by the health codes for these towns and provide the SGA with copies of their permits. Please refer to our application instructions for details.
Insurance: Proof of liability insurance is required with a policy for 1 million dollars per incident and 2 million aggregate, naming the Seacoast Growers Association as additionally insured. It is not available through SGA. Simply inquire with your insurance agent to purchase liability insurance for farmers’ markets, and upload a digital copy in your online profile under Licenses.
Complement, not compete: We are careful to bring in guest vendors who add variety to our markets, enhancing the diversity of product available to market patrons. We do this by assigning guest vendors to certain markets and specific dates where their product complements the current offerings. We are especially interested in niche products not already found at market.
Volume: Our markets can get very busy! We cannot make any promises about attendance or sales, but please be aware that vending with us is not necessarily for the casual hobbyist. That said, if you’d like to dip your feet into the waters of the farmers’ markets, please first consider the Dover and Durham markets. The Portsmouth and Exeter markets are at capacity during the height of the season.
Supplies: Vendors must bring their own tents, approved scales (if applicable) and other booth supplies. Tents are required to have 20 pound weights attached to each leg to secure the canopy. If you are located in a space with your vehicle, two tent legs can be attached to the vehicle instead of weights.
Maximum:6 markets (any combination of locations) per season for guest vendors.
Chances: The Portsmouth (Saturday) and Exeter (Thursday) markets are very full, so please be advised that it’s unlikely we will have space for guest vendors at these markets. Please also be aware that the guest vendor list is long, and we can offer no guarantee that approved guest vendors will be called on at any point during the season. That said, chances will be greater in the early and later parts of the season, which runs from May to November.
Stall Fees: Stall fees for guest vendors are: $35 for Durham and Dover markets and $50 for the Exeter and Portsmouth markets. You will receive an invoice for your fees in advance, which can be paid online or by check. Stall fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Next Steps: If it looks good so far, keep reading to find out what to do next!