BECOME A VENDOR at BEREA FARMERS MARKET
We are pleased that you are considering vending with the Berea Farmers Market (BFM). Membership is open to persons who grow and produce their own consumable products and to artisans who produce unique, handmade work. Members agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the association, are approved by the association’s Board of Directors, and pay an annual vendor fee. We warmly invite you to become a part of this rapidly growing market with a vibrant and loyal customer base.
WHO WE ARE
Year-Round Market. We have an outside space in a grassy lot on a major thoroughfare in Berea with lots of parking for customers. In winter, we have a comfortable indoor space in a church building adjacent to our summer location. Membership allows you to vend year-round with us!
Grower Only Market. The terms "local food" and "farmers market" are being used so liberally that they have begun to lose all meaning.The success of our market rests on our customers' trust that products they purchase have direct farm impact on area farmers. All agricultural products must be grown by the vendor member and value-added food must contain at least one ingredient that the farmer has grown. Food that is prepared on-site must have ingredients sourced from that vendor's farm and/or other farmer members whenever available. Once accepted as a member, we will require a farm plan and members are subject to a farm or studio visit. No reselling of any product is allowed.
Farmer Cooperative: Vendor Members use their strengths and skills to build the market. The work of the Cooperative is shared among the Market Manager, the Board of Directors, and Vendor Members to keep our market a thriving year-round event. We place a high value on keeping power--and responsibility--on a horizontal plane.
Artisan Market: Our artisans bring beauty and expression to our market and we wouldn't be complete without them. We welcome artisans who produce unique, handmade work. We look for artists whose work reflects the fields, forests, mountains & people in which our market is rooted. We also value art that considers environmental sustainabilty.
Business Incubator: The Berea Farmers Market is committed to growing our local farm economy and that means helping our members to grow. We'll connect you to resources to help with basic business planning, to grants & low-cost loans to help fund farm expansion, to training and conferences to learn more about good growing practices and to customers who are looking for your product. We're proud that 2 of our vendors (Native Bagel & Clementine's Bake Shop) grew out of our market to start their own shops creating a new, farm to table corridor on Chestnut St. We'd like to help you too!
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Rules and regulations are set forth in our membership agreement and bylaws, as well as those laid out in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Manual. For a quick reference to certifications & licenses needed to sell at the Berea Farmers Market please see our FAQ
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In addition the Market provides some space for community organizations whose mission is similar to the Market’s and who may want to have a booth at the Market occasionally for informational purposes. Those organizations who may be interested need to read and sign the community organization policy. See the Market Manager for more details or see the community organization policy.