Farmers Market: Map

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Farmers Market

The Limestone County Farmers Market has been created to promote and identify a market place for fruits, vegetables, plants and other products locally made and/or processed.

Mission:

To promote the sale of locally grown farm products by giving local farmers the chance to sell food they  raise directly to consumers and allowing consumers to buy fresh food from farmers who raise it.

To promote the sale of vendor produced goods.

To offer a diverse product selection, including repurposed goods and products offered for re-sale as permitted by the Limestone County Commission.

To attract a large and repeating customer base that will afford local farmers and producers a location to sell their produce and other locally produced goods.

Location:

Covered facility at 409 Green Street West

Selling Season:

Market facilities shall be opened in the spring, rain or shine, except in case of severe weather, as seasonable produce for the area becomes available and will be closed as deemed necessary when demand and/or seasonal produce is no longer available.

Limestone County Farmer’s Market Operational Schedule:

May through November

Tuesdays and Fridays commencing the first Tuesday in May

Farmers and Producers 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All other Vendors 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Limestone County Commission reserves the right to close and/or change the hours of operation of the market and market facilities at any time, for any reason.

Market Coordinator:

The Coordinator will supervise and control the activities of the market and the market property.  Coordinator has full responsibility for making certain that all rules and guidelines as set forth are followed by each producer, vendor and his/her employees, representatives, agents and guests.  Failure by any producer, vendor, or any of their employees, representatives, agents and guests to comply with any of the rules and guidelines of the market or the Limestone County Commission shall subject the producer and vendor to forfeiture of the right to do business at the market.

Questions about the market may be directed to:

Limestone County Commission Office 256-233-6400

Eligibility Requirements:

A producer is defined as the person that grows or makes the product and may also include the producer’s family members, partners, and employees as identified by the producer.  A producer may be herein also referred to as a vendor in this and other market documentation.  Producers should be located in North Alabama or the Tennessee Valley.  All other vendors must be located in Limestone County.  Individuals offering products for sale at the market must be at least 19 years of age.  Children must be accompanied by an adult

Permits and Fees:

Producers and farmers of all produce sold at the market must hold a grower’s permit.  They are available at the local County Extension Offices.  A copy of the grower’s permit must be provided to the Coordinator prior to the first market attended.  All permits must be available at each vendor’s booth and presented at any on-site inspection.

Market Fee:

Booth Rental:  $7.00 per day.

Pre-rented booths must be occupied by 8 a.m. unless the market is notified otherwise.  A booth may be shared but each producer will pay $7.00 each and each producer will provider a grower’s permit.

Space Assignment and Reservation Policies:

Market Coordinator will designate rental space for all producers and vendors.  Assigned spaces may change depending on the market’s weekly needs.  Reasonable efforts will be made to keep each vendor in a regularly assigned space.  All applicants will occupy only one space per rental.  Displays must be confined to the assigned space.  Multiple spaces may be rented as needed.

In the event requests for booth and/or space rentals shall be greater than the booths and/or spaces available, producers from Limestone County shall have priority in booth and space assignments above all other producers and vendors.  Booth and/or space rental is not guaranteed, promised or entitled.

Set Up and Clean Up:

Each producer and vendor is responsible for setting up his or her booth in the manner specified by the Market Coordinator.  Producers and vendors will be solely responsible at all times for the cleanliness within their vending area.  Each producer and vendor is required to leave the space clean.

General Violations:

No firearms, drugs or alcohol will be allowed on market premises.  All profane, abusive, discourteous, and boisterous language and/or conduct at or in the market vicinity are strictly prohibited.  There is to be no “dumping” of any kind jat the end of the market day.

Disclaimer:

All producers and vendors shall be liable for their own products.

 

Amended:  April 20, 2015