10. Market Policies, Applications & Forms

In Washington, WSFMA member markets follow the “Roots Guidelines” which includes requirements to be a member market (i.e., insurance), what is allowed to be sold at WSFMA member markets, and defines the five types of vendors allowed to sell: farmers, food processors, prepared food, resellers, and artisan/crafters. Many markets use the WSFMA’s Roots Guidelines to inform their own market policies and applications.

Farmers Market Policies and Rules
Farmers market policies and rules serve to ensure the market is complying with its by-laws and legal requirements, fulfilling its mission, and establishing clear practices for everyone involved: board members, the market manager and staff, vendors, volunteers, and even shoppers, albeit indirectly. Smaller, newer markets may have very simple rules whereas older, larger markets need to address more topics and spell out its rules in more detail. As a rule, the larger the market, the more sophisticated its policies (and management structures) need to be.

Vendor Applications
One of the key tools of every farmers market is its vendor application. Markets are able to communicate policies, rules, and expectations to vendors. The information provided by vendors ensures that the market is abiding by legal requirements, and helps them to plan their vendor and product mix throughout the season.  This section provides key questions to be sure to ask and application examples from a variety of markets.

Market Forms Bank
Farmers markets use forms to collect and manage information from the vendors, shoppers, and market as a whole. Information may be for the market day, season, and used to compare different markets and seasons. The Market Forms Bank provides our “best of” collection of forms for you to replicate or improve.

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