Dear Independence Farmers Market Vendors,
Opening day of the Independence Farmers Market is the second Friday in May and the season will run through the second Friday in October. We are located at the corner of Hwy 21 and Hwy 58 in downtown Independence across from the Historic 1908 Courthouse.
The Independence Farmers Market will open at 9:00am and close at 1:00pm on Fridays. Vendor set up begins no later than 30 minutes prior to the opening and vendors will not be allowed to move vehicles at the close of market until approximately 20 minutes after the close of market. This allows for our customers to exit in a safe environment and time for vendors to dismantle displays. In order to provide customers a diverse and interesting selection of well-rounded and wholesome products, space allocation will be based upon product quality, originality, and availability.
Here are the Independence Farmers Market Rules. Please read them and retain a copy for yourself. Each vendor then needs to fill out the Vendor Application Form and return it to the market manager before selling at the market. Here is a helpful VDACS labelling and regulation chart .If you are a Producer/Processor type vendor, please read over the update to the Virginia Home-Canned Food Exemptions. You can also call or email to the contact information above for copies to be mailed to you. We will have copies available at the market as well.
Market fees for 2018: All vendors will pay $70 per season with 8 volunteer hours OR $150 flat fee with no volunteer time OR $15 per market day with no assigned space. Your first day is free. Students are always free.
On-line Market fees are $30 for season vendors or $50 if you only market on-line. Here is how to become a part of the online market.
Plan to attend the pre-season vendor meeting April 6, 2018. Bring a dish for our annual potluck.
1) IF you plan to sell any kind of food: canned or baked goods or offer samples, including meats, please come at 10 am for a presentation by Sandy Stoneman. Rules have changed and there are lots of issues to cover.
2) All other vendors, please come at 11am. We’ll cover rules, fees, online market, and more.
3) If you are an artisan joining us for the 1st time, please bring 3 representative items for jurying.
4) If you plan to sell produce please plan to stay after the meeting for a presentation by Jen Cavey.
To reserve your space at the Independence Farmers Market please plan to fill out the application and pay the market fee at the vendor meeting. After April 15th, we will fill unassigned spaces with other vendors, no exceptions!
Please plan to provide your own canopies, temporary tables & chairs, covering for hot sun or rain, signage, menus, business cards, etc. for display of merchandise.
If you have questions, please contact the Independence Farmers Market Manager at (276)768-0597 and your call will be answered as soon as possible. We are looking forward to this year’s Independence Farmers Market and we thank you for your interest!
Independence Farmers Market
PO Box 373
Independence VA 24348