Thank you for your interest in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Below you will find the following information:
- A Summary of the 2012 Season and the Expectations for the 2013 Season
- The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Philosophy
- The 2013 Application Process
2012 Season Summary and Expectations for 2013:
Overall, 2012 was a busy year! 27 Stalls of agricultural products include meat and poultry of every cut– fresh, smoked, dry-cured, and much of it organically grown. On offer was beef, veal, pork, lamb, 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, bottled milk and ice cream. Fresh seasonal produce includes a diverse selection of fruits, berries, vegetables, herbs, cultivated mushrooms that span four seasons. We also have maple products, honey, cider, plants and fresh cut flowers, home-baked treats, crafts like hand-made soaps, candles, knitwear and hand spun yarn. Also offered at the market is an assortment of ladies’, children’s, and doll’s apparel, accessories, and more.
We have returning vendors to our Saturday summer markets but there are still opportunities for select vendors. Stalls are also available at Tuesday Markets, 12:00-5:00, July and August. We are actively recruiting for new part-time vendors with winter crops, like greens, sprouts or dried beans as well as products like pasta, or a basket weaver 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.
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:
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.
The Prepared Food Vendor makes a value-added food product line. 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.
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.
2013 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, 2013.
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 re-solve 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 2013 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.
- From May 4, 2013 to April 20, 2014 the market operates every Saturday with the exception of April 27th from 9:00-2:00. The early bird hour extends opening time from 8:00-2:00 May 4 until Labor Day.
- In July and August also offered are Tuesday Markets from 12:00-5:00, same location.
To begin, it is recommended that you read following:
A complete application package will include the following:
- Completed Application Form and a non-refundable check for $25
- Signed Inspection Agreement
- Copies of all applicable NYS permits, licenses and certificates
- Proof of Liability Insurance or a check for the Otsego 2000 insurance
- Completed New York State Farmers’ Market Crop Plan for all agricultural vendors
- For a first-time applicant, photos of display, products, booth signage and, or brochure