How to apply

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Thank you for your interest in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Below you will find the following information:

2013 Season Summary:

Overall, 2013 was a busy year! Agricultural products include meat and poultry of every cut – fresh, smoked, dry-cured, and much of it organically grown. Customers enjoyed a choice of beef, veal, pork, lamb, venison, goat, and rabbit as well as chicken, duck, goose, turkey, and a wide variety of excellent sausages. From the dairies we have many goat and cow’s milk cheeses, yogurt, butter, and glass-bottled milk. Fresh seasonal produce includes a diverse selection of fruits, berries, vegetables, herbs, and cultivated mushrooms. We also have maple products, honey, and cider. Preserved items grow in popularity and include pickles, salsa, pesto, sauerkraut, mustard, jams and jellies, and frozen vegetables.  And of course, we have home-baked pies, scones, cookies, organic bread, and chocolates, too. Dietary specialties for gluten free, soy-free, vegetarians, and vegans. House plants, garden starts, and fresh cut flowers are also available in season. The blacksmith included a knife sharpening service at his stall last summer, it proved very successful. Artisans with hand-made soaps, herbal lotions, candles, pottery, cutting boards, and wooden platters are also on hand. Fiber farmers have knitting supplies, knitwear, and hand-spun yarn, as well as assortment of ladies’, children’s, and doll’s apparel, and accessories.

We have vendors returning to our Saturday summer markets but there are still opportunities for select part-time vendors. Stalls are also available at Tuesday Markets, 12:00-5:00, July and August. We are actively recruiting for new vendors with winter crops, sprouts, dried beans, grains, seeds, oils, as well as preserved products and fresh pasta, from January through April.

The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Philosophy

Established in 1991 by Otsego 2000, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market has grown to a mature and vibrant market. Our customers value the direct connection between producer and consumer that lies at the heart of the market. The market has grown steadily over the years to become a mainstay of the community, participating in the local economy and providing fresh products in a friendly, small-town environment.

Vendor Prerequisites

Inclusion in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is limited to producers within a 50-mile radius. The Market accepts applications from prospective vendors who wish to sell items in the following three categories:

•           Agricultural products, food and non-food

•           Prepared food products

•           Crafted products

Priority is given to agricultural vendors. Vendors grow or produce 100% of the goods they plan to sell at market; exceptions to the 100% rule are granted on a case-by-case basis by the Vendor Selection Committee.

Entrepreneurial by nature, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market vendors are small, owner-operated, local businesses that produce the market’s inventory of food and craft items. Twenty-seven individual businesses meet in the market building to sell hundreds of products each market day. The three types of product vendors are defined this way:

Agricultural Products

The Agricultural Vendor grows and/or processes food and non-food agricultural products. Priority is given to agricultural vendors who process products on their own farm using their own ingredients. Third party processing is permitted – an example would be animals processed off the farm, milk made into cheese at a cheese-making facility, or berries made into jam at a commercial kitchen. Fresh-cut flowers are an example of a non-food agricultural product.

Prepared Foods

The Prepared Food Vendor makes a value-added food product. Priority will be given to food vendors who process products themselves using local ingredients. An example would be a baker that mills local wheat, or a jelly maker that buys local fruit.

Crafts

The Craft Vendor creates their own non-food product line from either purchased raw materials or, like the agricultural vendor, from raw materials they grow or raise themselves. An example would be a fiber farm that raises sheep or alpacas, spins yarn for sale and produces knit items. Our vendors design and execute items of the highest quality workmanship. Vendors are not permitted to resell commercially produced items. Items assembled from kits may not be sold but basic patterns may be used. Manufactured items may be incorporated in the craft work, such as jewelry findings, furniture hardware, and basic lotions, provided the majority of the product is handmade and reflects the skill of the craftsperson. Some manufactured “blanks” upon which vendors do their handiwork are permitted (i.e. clothing blanks, canvas bags, etc.) Artist’s reproductions must be clearly marked as such.

2014 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, 2014.

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 issues. 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 2014 Market Season Schedule

The market operates year-round, beginning in May and ending in April of the following year, which follows the fiscal year of our sponsor organization, Otsego 2000.

•           Saturday Market hours are 8am-2pm from May 3 to August 31, 9am-2pm from September 6 to December 27, and 10am-2pm from January 3 until April 18. Operating year round with the exception of April 27, 2015 when we are closed.

•           Tuesday Markets in July and August are from 12:00-5:00, same location.

To begin the application process, it is recommended that you read following:

Application for 2014 Vendor
Rules and Regulations
Product Plan
Inspection Agreement
NYS Required Permits Licensing Certifications
Insurance Options
Management Team

A complete application package will include the following:

  1. Completed Application Form and a non-refundable check for $25
  2. Signed Inspection Agreement
  3. Copies of all applicable NYS permits, licenses and certificates
  4. Proof of Liability Insurance or a check for the Otsego 2000 insurance
  5. Completed PRODUCT plan for all vendors.
  6. For a first-time applicant, photos of display, products, booth signage and, or brochure