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Becoming a Food Vendor at the Market


THE 2017 SUMMER FARMERS MARKET RUNS from MAY 20th – OCTOBER 27th.

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO APPLY, CLICK HERE.


 

GENERAL INFORMATION ON BECOMING A FOOD VENDOR AT THE MOUNT HOPE MARKET:

We strive to create a diverse and balanced market–one that attracts customers and offers breadth/depth of choice, while ensuring profitability for currently participating vendors.
Criteria for Selecting Vendors:

  • A commitment to promoting RI Agriculture and the local food system
  • Diversity of product (for new applicants, the product must bring variety to the market or fill a demand or gap in the current offerings)
  • Available space at the market
  • Track record/length of time at market
  • Quality of product and of stall display
  • Growing/production methods and/or business practices
  • Location of operation/production
  • Applicant’s access to other retail markets/opportunities
  • Applicant’s commitment and contribution to the market’s values of community & collaboration

Farmers, Fisherman & Food Producers:

The majority of food sold has to have been produced by the vendor themselves, though over the course of a season some items (not exceeding 20%) may be bought in from another local RI/MA producer, subject to approval by market management. (The source & location of these items must be clearly labeled.) Items not commercially produced/available locally (i.e. olive oil, citrus) may be allowed at the market at the discretion of the market management.

We require that prepared/processed/artisan food items be produced or processed locally from scratch with high-quality ingredients, and we encourage the use of locally & regionally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

For more information on Farmers Markets in the area and on operating a food business in Rhode Island, we recommend Farm Fresh RI’s Vendor Guide.