Dear Independence Farmers Market Vendors,
We hope to open in Town Park, under the pavilion, on May 3. The earlier start allows us to take advantage of Mother’s Day weekend.
Market fees will be the same as in 2023: $80 for the season with 8 hours volunteer time OR a flat $120 fee, or $15 per day. Until I know where we will be, I am putting any new vendor requests on a waiting list, thank you for your patience!
Just a reminder, we are a producer market. In a nutshell, this means you need to grow or make what you sell. Full information can be found in the rules below. Please plan to attend the pre-season vendor meeting April 5 from 11am to 2 pm at the THE VFW HALL at 115 Klondike Rd, Independence, VA 24348 It’s a potluck. Attendance is expected. (Coming from Independence, Klondike rd is a left off HWY 58)
- Here are the IFM 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.
- Safe sampling information is here
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. If you plan to use a scale at the Market, it needs to be ANSI approved and inspected by Donna Harless at Weights and measures. Donna can not be at the vendor meeting. If possible, leave your scale on Friday, she plans to come Monday after the meeting. You should be able to get them late Monday afternoon or anytime I’m in the office. If that doesn’t work, her contact information is [email protected], 276-228-4127.
If you are a new craft vendor, please email 3 representative pictures of your work to [email protected]. These will be sent to the jury for approval. Processor, Prepared Food, and Craft Vendor applicants are required to pre-screen their items.
The Online Market fee continues to be a flat 10% of sales. This covers the 3% software fee, plus the cost of credit card usage (3.5%), increased staffing, and logistics (supplies, bins). Here is how to become a part of the online market. At this point, we are not able to sell products containing CBD due to our credit card processors rules.
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! The IFM is a proud member of VAFMA and the Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers trail.
Independence Farmers Market
PO Box 373
Independence VA 24348
Michelle, market manager (276)768-0597
Christian, online manager (828) 244-9918