Downtown farmers market applies vendor permit fee
by Jessica Loeding
May 04, 2013 | 2387 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Manager Tara Currier, right, talks with vendor Cathy White about the Cartersville Farmer’s Market new fee levels for vendors. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Manager Tara Currier, right, talks with vendor Cathy White about the Cartersville Farmer’s Market new fee levels for vendors. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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For the second time in seven years, the Cartersville Farmers Market will apply a fee for vendors.

Under a permit application, vendors may select three levels — season permit for $20, monthly permit for $10 or a daily permit for $5 — with documentation and payment due at least two days prior to the market event.

“Bartow County Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese and I held a ‘town hall meeting’ with interested farmers market vendors the end of last summer. The farmers themselves mentioned that implementing a permitting process would help ensure that products sold meet state and federal regulations, and provide documentation of where products are produced — i.e. that they are regionally grown and/or made,” said Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Manager Tara Currier. “Many other farmers markets throughout the region have fees as well, and those in attendance felt that a nominal fee would be fair, and also help provide a little seed money to further promote and advertise the farmers market.”

Held Wednesday and Saturday from sunup to noon at the city fountain in downtown, the official season runs from June 1 to Sept. 28.

Although some vendors have ventured out already, Currier said vendors during the season will be required to have a permit to sell and will receive a reserved space for setup.

“... There is great agency partnership behind the future success of the Cartersville-Bartow County Farmers Market — Cartersville DDA, Bartow County Extension Office and Communit-Y Health Network (CHN) are all joint partners in this endeavor. It is the desire of all three organizations to help grow the farmers market, both in terms of number of vendors, shoppers at the market and overall product offerings,” Currier said.

Routinely drawing as many as 20 vendors in the summer months, Currier said the agencies behind the new partnerships hope to grow the market event — space is available for 49 vendors.

“We need more vendors,” she said. “The Cartersville-Bartow County Farmers Market is open to anyone wishing to sell locally grown produce, fresh cut flowers, organic produce, baked goods, canned goods, jellies, herbs, flowers and craft items.

“... It is the desire of Cartersville DDA, CHN and Bartow Extension Office that more vendors will consider participating this year and that, ultimately, community members begin to make patronizing the market an enjoyable item on their weekly to-do list.”

She added that the Extension Office and CHN also are looking at adding offerings to the farmers market, including “Ask A Master Gardner,” cooking classes and recipe sharing among others.

For more information on the farmers market, find the Cartersville Farmers Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cartersvillefarmersmarket. Information about the market, including the permit application, are available on the Facebook page.