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BUREAU COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
MAY 25 - OCTOBER 26, 2013
GUIDELINES FOR THE FARMERS MARKET
1. LOCATION OF MARKET: 935 North Main Street, Princeton
The Southeast Corner of Elm Place and Main Street
2. SPONSORS: Bureau County Farm Bureau, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Princeton.
3. MARKET DATES FOR 2013 ARE:
END OF MAY THRU OCTOBER (Market Starting May 25-October 26)
TUESDAYS- 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
SATURDAYS- 8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
4. The Vendor shall abide by and comply with the hours of operations outlined. Set up time is 30 minutes prior to start time. Trucks are to be unloaded and moved 15 minutes prior to the start of the market. There is absolutely no selling out of the vehicles.
5. ALL ITEMS SOLD MUST BE GROWN BY THE SELLER. Vendors must be able to certify their produce to be home grown and true to variety and type as advertised. An on-site inspection could be requested. Vendors from the following counties in Illinois are allowed to participate: Bureau, LaSalle, Lee, Whiteside, Henry, Stark, Marshall and Putnam.
6. Each vendor shall pay a fee in order to participate in the market. The fee to participate is $75 for the entire season, $20 for a month. This fee will be paid to the Chamber of Commerce before sales of goods takes place. Payment can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce or the Farm Bureau office. This fee allows for marketing and promotional efforts locally. Additional costs for licenses, insurance or other business expenses are the responsibility of the vendor.
7. Produce advertised in any way to be specially grown, such as organic, natural, chemical,
or pesticide free, etc., will not be allowed at the market unless certified. Any misrepresentation of your product or other vendor's product will not be allowed.
8. New vendors interested in selling at the market should contact the Market Master for space allowances. Spaces for new vendors will be assigned by the Market Master only after payment has been verified by proof of Vendor Certificate, which can be obtained at the Farm Bureau office. Refunds on Vendor Certificates will not be allowed for any reason.
9. If a vendor has an unexpected change in their schedule which prohibits them from attending the Market, the Market Master should be notified. If a regular member with an assigned spot is unable to attend the market, their spot may be given to another vendor in order to create a continuous marketplace atmosphere.
10. The vendor shall at all times keep their space including the surrounding area, cleanly
swept and free of debris. All walkways must be kept clean at all times. All clean-up equipment is the responsibility of the vendor. No water or electricity is available in the market area unless otherwise cleared with the City of Princeton. No pets are allowed in the market area.
11. At the conclusion of each business day or at such other times as the vendor may vacate
reserved space, he/she shall thoroughly clean and sweep the area and remove all personal
effects, produce, and debris.
12. The 2013 Farmers Market Committee includes: Jill Frueh, Farm Bureau Manager - (815) 875-6468; Kim Frey- Chamber of Commerce Director- (815) 875-2616; Dennis and Ellen Zehr - (815) 646-4809 and Tony and Christine Scarley- (815) 915-5936.
13. Prices of items to be sold must be openly displayed. If scales are used, they are subject
to check by the Market Master or State of Illinois inspectors or any others with a
legitimate reason to inspect. Produce prices must be visibly posted.
14. No vendor in the Market shall attract attention to his own product(s) by outcry or in a
boisterous or annoying manner.
15. According to the Bureau County Health Department every farmer, fruit and vine grower, gardener has the undisputed right to sell the produce from his/her farm, orchard, vineyard and garden in any place or market, according to the Farm Products Marketing Act. Producers who choose to retail their unprocessed home grown produce and/or fresh cut herbs on their home premises or at a Farmers Market, usually do so with a minimum of regulation. Stands and concessions that sell processed, prepared or packaged foods in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables are subject to inspection according to the Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Code or the Retail Food Store Sanitation Code.
FOODS ALLOWED AT A FARMERS MARKET WITH NO RESTRICTION
Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Honey- uncut, in the comb and not processed in any way
Popcorn, Grains, Seeds and Nuts- Whole, unprocessed, unpackaged and unsprouted
Fresh/Dried Herbs- Only cut for harvesting, minimally rinsed and unpackaged
Pumpkins and Gourds
FOODS ALLOWED AT A FARMERS MARKET WITH CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS
Foods described below are prohibited at a farmers market or similar event without approval by the local health department as to approve source, ingredients, holding or storage equipment or other pertinent factors. The Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies will also be able to verify that a product is processed in an inspected plant.
Cut Fruits and Vegetables
Milk and Cheese Products
Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms
Apple Cider or other fruit and/or vegetable juices
Garlic-in-oil and Other Flavored Oils
Pickles, Relishes, Salsas and other "Canned" items
Shell Eggs, Meats, Poultry and Fish
FOODS PROHIBITED AT A FARMERS MARKET OR FROM OUTDOOR SALES
Home Made Ice Cream, Raw Milk, Cheese, Yogurt or Other Dairy Products
All Home Canned Foods- UNLESS WITH PROPER PERMITS
Home Vacuum Packaged Products (of any type)
Home Butchered Meat, Poultry or Wild Game
Home Prepared Sandwiches
When in doubt contact Kurt at the Health Department at 815-872-5091. For more information about the Cottage Food Law and Certified Kitchens contact Kurt as well.
16. Non-Food Items allowed include (Special permit could be required from the City.)
Cut or dried flowers, Live Plants, Crafts from home grown products. If you are interested in selling locally made items other than what is allowed at the Farmers Market please call Kay Kushman at Amma's (815) 915-8075 for more details about the local crafter guidelines.
17. All retail vendors in Illinois must have a sales tax number. To obtain this number write
to the Illinois Department of Revenue, Central Registration Unit, P.O. Box 4054,
Springfield, Illinois, 62708-4054; telephone (217) 785-3707.
18. In the event a vendor fails to comply with these rules or the directions of the Market
Master, he/she may be required to vacate their space. In this matter as in all other
details of the market, the Market Master shall be the judge. Vendors are able to set their own prices for their products, but are asked to be considerate of other vendor's prices as well.
19. Contact person for the Farmers Market- Jill Frueh, Manager, Farm Bureau (815) 875-6468.
Please note that anyone interested in selling anything other than fresh produce- please make sure you are farmiliar with the Cottage Food Law. http://www.ilstewards.org/content/12404
If you have questions about this contact Kurt at the Bureau County Health Department at email@example.com or by calling 815-872-5091 ext 216.