The Franklin Farmers' Market re-opens for 2016 season May 28th, 2016 at 9:00 am.
The Franklin Farmers’ Market prime season will continue on Saturdays, rain or shine, from the fourth Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Off-season will begin on Saturdays, rain or shine, from the second Saturday in November through the last Saturday in February from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
The Franklin Farmers’ Market will also be open for vendor sales (at vendors' discretion) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm as a non-promoted/publicized market day during the same seasons.
The Market location includes paved sites under a pavilion, as well as unpaved sites surrounding the pavilion. The Market is located at 210 S. Main Street in downtown Franklin next to the Franklin Depot Visitors' Center. Season pass holders will be assigned preferred site locations first. Monthly pass holders will get second placing, and daily vendors will be assigned last. All spaces are first come first served, at the discretion of the Market Manager.
All vendors must furnish their own umbrellas or shade tents (10’x10’), tables, chairs, etc. for sites located outside of the pavilion. Vendors with assigned sites under the pavilion must provide their own seating. Other items, such as ice and scales, and anything else required to sell their product must also be provided by each vendor. (Scales are subject to inspection for accuracy.) Vendors must provide their own trash bags/receptacles and all trash must be removed from the market site at the end of each selling day, and not placed in any city trash bin or nearby private trash bin.
If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Farmers' Market, please review and submit the following information:
Appropriate language and dress is required to promote the family atmosphere of the Market.
Vendors or substitute vendors must be in attendance every Saturday ready to sell by 9:00 am and available for business until Market closes. Leaving early is prohibited without approval by the Market Manager. In case of an emergency, please see the Market Manager. If the vendor does not fulfill his/her contractual obligation to exhibit at every market, the Market Manager reserves the right to re-assign the vendor’s space or replace the vendor. Sales to the public before 9:00 a.m. are prohibited.
Vendor fees for the 2016 season are waved.
All vendors must obtain a Farmers’ Market Business License ($10) and complete an application at the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office, located in Franklin City Hall and sign a Market and Hold Harmless Agreement before being allowed to sell any product.
Farmers’ Market Coupons:
Vendors who are authorized to accept and redeem Farmers' Market Coupons are encouraged to do so. (Market Manager cannot redeem any stamps or coupons.) Vendors are also encouraged to offer voluntary 10% discounts to senior citizens (age 55 and over).
Vendors who have their own liability insurance must include a copy with their application.
**The Market Manager, DFA, and City of Franklin, or their agents, are not liable for any loss or theft at the Farmer’s Market**
Any accident or injury must be immediately reported to the Market Manager. 911 and/or Franklin Police must be notified if applicable. Anyone participating in the Market, whether vendor, customer or otherwise, attends at his or her own risk. Vendors will operate at their own risk and assume liability from the customers.
All vendors are required to have a Virginia State Sales and Use Tax Certification number. Vendors must collect these taxes at the Market.
Market and "Hold Harmless" Agreement:
This agreement means that the vendor verifies that all information is accurate and will hold the Market Manager, Volunteers, and Advisory Board harmless concerning product liability or other factors that relate specifically to the vendor’s business practice.
Sales Tax: Vendors will find useful information at www.policylibrary.tax.virginia.gov.
Liability Insurance: Check with your insurance company to be certain that your liability insurance covers "off-farm sales". A good source of information on this subject is The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing by Neil Hamilton, Pg. 144-147.