How to apply

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Thank you for your interest in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Application information for 2017 will be available February 1st!


2017 Application Process

Each year all vendors must submit an application and all necessary related materials by the deadline.

This year the deadline is FEBRUARY 28, 2017.

Only if a specific market need arises will applications be considered after the published deadline. Once submitted, the applications are reviewed for completeness of information. All complete applications will then be referred to the Vendor Selection Committee for review and to identify and resolve any product saturation considerations. All new vendors and new products will be juried in March to ensure high quality and product diversity in the market. Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation letter five business days after their product is juried. All business information will be kept confidential. The committee is made up of six full-time vendors, the market manager, and a representative of the Otsego 2000 board.

The 2017 Market Season Schedule:

The market operates year-round, rain or shine for a total number of 60 markets.
Saturday Markets are open every week with the exception of April 29th.
Tuesday Markets are open July – August.

The hours of operation are:

10:00-2:00 January through April 22
(April 29 the Market is closed for the annual garage sale)
8:00-2:00 May through August
9:00-2:00 September through December

The Tuesday Markets will be open July – August, 12:00-5:00.

How To Apply:

2017 Applications will be available February 1st. It is recommended that you read following documents:

Inspection Agreement
Market Rules and Regulations
Product Plan
Vendor Permit Requirements

Make all checks payable to the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, checks are non-refundable. A complete application package will include the following documents:

1. Application form completed with a non-refundable application fee for $25. Check made out to Cooperstown Farmers Market.
2. Either a check for the Otsego 2000 insurance option ($25 for the year) or proof of insurance with additionally named on your policy.
3. Inspection Agreement, signed on the bottom
4. Submit copies of all NYS permits, licenses and certificates applicable to your business, as well as certified organic certification.
5. Completed PRODUCT plan.
6. Vendor Activity Fee of $15
7. For a first-time applicant, photos of display, products, booth, signage, a brochure are appreciated.

Management Team

The Market Governing Committee meets in the Otsego 2000 Conference Room:

Otsego 2000 Sponsor Representatives:

Dan Sullivan, Market Liaison, Otsego 2000 Advisory Board
Ellen Pope, Executive Director, Otsego 2000, non-voting member
Shannon Kirch, Cooperstown Farmers Market Manager, Otsego2000

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Vendor Representatives:

Meg Kennedy, ARK Floral (2016)
Deb Dutcher, Dutchayr Farm (2018)
Lynn Deichman, Glimmerglass Alpacas (2016)
Ilyssa Berg, Painted Goat Farm (2016)
Leslie Berliant, Le Marais Chocolat (2016)
Vendor Representative Alternates:
Paul Deysenroth, Bye Brook Farm (2018)
Seth Heller, Heller’s Farm (2016)

The Vendor Selection Committee:

Meetings scheduled as needed in March and April

Dan Sullivan, Market Liaison, Otsego 2000 Advisory Board
Chairperson: Meg Kennedy, ARK Floral (2016)
Produce: Laura Heller, Heller’s Farm (2016)
Meat: Sonia Sola, Nectar Hills Farm (2016)
Cheese: Ilyssa Berg, Painted Goat Farm (2017)
Crafter: Molly Holtje, Surprise in Store (2017)
Food Processor: Brian Ryther, Mill Hollow Maple (2018)
Shannon Kirch, Market Manager, 607.547.6195 or

Three-year terms run to the end of the year noted after the name. Candidates are recruited in early December, ballots are distributed 30 days before the annual meeting. Open seats are filled at the Annual Meeting in January with the first scheduled meetings in March.