Becoming a Vendor Workshops

Become a Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market Vendor for 2019

We especially need produce vendors!

Learn how to get started as a market vendor:

How and when to apply to be a vendor

Scrip programs at the market
(EBT, Market Bucks, Mighty Matching Dollars, PoP)

Useful vendor equipment | Market bylaws and rules

2 new-vendor workshops will be offered in January by the Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market. Both are the same; pick one to attend. Contact Jane Jewett: jane@janesfarm.com, 218-670-0066

Wednesday, January 16 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm

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Job Openings

The Grand Rapids Farmers Market has 2 Job Openings for the 2019 season.

A Market Booth Staff position and a Hub-at-the-Market Manager position.

You can download the job descriptions by clicking the links above.

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Market Booth Staff position

The Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through October. The Market accepts EBT (food stamps) and credit and debit cards via a card reader machine, and has a scrip system of wooden tokens and paper coupons to enable transactions between shoppers and market vendors. The market also participates in two matching dollar programs for EBT shoppers, and the Power of Produce (PoP) club that provides a $2 coupon to children at the market. All of these programs and the daily accounting for them are run by the market booth staff person

For the 2019 season, we are seeking a market booth staff person to work on every market day for 5+ hours per day. Market hours will be 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the staff person will be needed from 8:30 am to 1:30- 2:00 pm.

Responsibilities:

  • Open the market booth, make coffee
  • Power up the card reader and begin the daily accounting procedures
  • Provide customer service to farmers’ market shoppers who want to swipe a card
  • Provide matching dollar scrip to EBT customers who swipe their cards
  • Sign up children for the PoP club and issue $2 coupons
  • Receive tokens and other scrip from vendors, verify counts, fill in reports, and issue receipts to vendors
  • Work with the market’s treasurer to verify the daily accounting for the various forms of scrip

The Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market is a member-owned market with a market manager and active board members who are also vendors. The market booth staff person will have support from and work as a team with the market manager and board.

Desired skills/experience:

  • Basic accounting
  • Organization
  • Customer service

Submit a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position, and the names and contact information of three references, to:

manager@grfarmersmarket.org

Contact Bill Boutang with questions about the position, at the above email address, or call or text: 218-838-3647

Position remains open until filled. The 2019 market opens on May 8 and that is the preferred start date.

This position could be combined with the Hub-at-the-Market Manager position.

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Hub-at-the-Market Manager Position

The Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market is participating in a statewide effort to establish farmers’ markets as “hubs” — sites for aggregation and wholesale sales of vendors’ produce and other products. The first year of operation of the “hub” enterprise was 2018. We started deliveries in early September, and operated with seven vendors participating and three buyers.

For the 2019 season, we need a manager for the enterprise for spring, summer, and fall. This could grow into a year-round enterprise if the manager grows the sales volume of non-seasonal items such as meat, bread, and specialty items like honey.

In 2019 this will be a part-time position supported by a $2,000 grant-funded stipend. Grant funds will also cover the majority of operating costs in 2019. The market puts a 14% markup on products sold. The manager could earn income above the $2,000 if sales expand beyond a $6,000 threshold. This position has growth potential for 2019 and future years depending on the skills and drive of the manager.

Aggregation of vendors’ products will take place on regular farmers’ market days: Wednesdays and Saturdays. Short-term holding of product for delivery the next day may be possible.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit vendors and verify that they meet qualifications to participate: training in on-farm food safety and annual well water testing
  • Recruit buyers and maintain regular communication with buyers
  • Ensure that vendor product is posted on Local Orbit and communicated to buyers
  • Do aggregation, weighing, and recordkeeping on market days
  • Delivery of product to buyers
  • Provide records to GRFM treasurer for payment to vendors
  • Do monthly billing to buyers

Assets available to the manager:

  • 6’ x 12’ cargo trailer equipped with refrigeration, freezer, storage racks
  • Pop-up canopy, tables, digital scale, handwashing station for sorting & packing area on market days
  • Local Orbit subscription. Local Orbit is an online platform that tracks vendor products and buyer orders, greatly simplifying recordkeeping.

The Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market is a member-owned market with a market manager and active board members who are also vendors. The aggregation manager will be independent and self-directed, but will be able to work as a team with the market manager and board.

Desired skills/experience:

  • Basic accounting
  • Organization
  • Sales
  • Communication
  • Ability to interact with online sales platform (training is available)
  • Valid driver’s license

Submit a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position, and the names and contact information of three references, to:

jane@janesfarm.com

Contact Jane Jewett with questions about the position, at the above email address or call or text: 218-670-0066

Position remains open until filled. The 2019 market opens on May 8 and that is the preferred start date.

This position could be combined with the Market Booth Staff position.

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April Market Meeting

The deadline for signing up for market membership for the 2018 season is our April meeting. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the farmer’s market and selling at our new venue you need to make every effort to attend this meeting. If you have been considering membership, but are not sure if you are ready to commit, come check us out on the 30th and learn all the details.

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its third organizational meeting of 2018 on Monday, April 30th at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr. Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Committee meetings at 5:00 PM for those members of the Budget and relocation committees.

The membership meeting starts at 6:00PM
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This is the last opportunity for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership for the 2018 season. Click “How to Join” for details and forms for becoming a vendor.

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Market Meeting Rescheduled

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its second organizational meeting of 2018 on Thursday, March 15th at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr. Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Committee meetings at 5:00 PM for those members of the Budget and relocation committees.

The membership meeting starts at 6:00PM
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This is the second of three opportunities for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership. Click “How to Join” for details and forms for becoming a vendor.

2018 market season is a short 3 months away and it promises to be an exciting season stay tuned.

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Market Meeting Postponed

Due to Bad Weather the Market Meeting scheduled for March 5th, 2018 has been postponed.

Stay tuned for an alternate time.

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Market Meeting

Due to Bad Weather this Meeting has been postponed. Stay tuned for an alternate time.

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its second organizational meeting of 2018 on Monday, March 5th at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr. Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Committee meetings at 5:00 PM for those members of the Budget and relocation committees.

The membership meeting starts at 6:00PM
.
This is the second of three opportunities for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership. Click “How to Join” for details and forms for becoming a vendor.

2018 market season is a short 3 months away and it promises to be an exciting season stay tuned.

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Pre-Season Market Meeting

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its first organizational meeting of 2018 on Monday February 5th at 6:00 PM at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This is the first of three opportunities (last meeting will be April 2nd) for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership. Click “How to Join” for information, details and forms on joining the market for the 2018 season.

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Last Chance to Join the Market in 2017

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its last organizational meeting of 2017 on Monday April 3rd at 6:00 PM at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This is the Last opportunity for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership. Click “How to Join” for information, details and forms on joining the market for the 2017 season.

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Pre-Season Market Meeting

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its second organizational meeting of 2017 on Monday March 6th at 6:00 PM at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This is the second of three opportunities (last meeting will be April 3rd) for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership. Click “How to Join” for information, details and forms on joining the market for the 2017 season.

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Last Chance to Join the Market in 2016

The Grand Rapids Farmers” Market membership will hold its final organizational meeting of 2016 on Monday April 4th at 6:00 PM at Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 2222 Cromell Dr Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Committee meetings at 5:00 PM for those involved.

This is the last opportunity for new aspiring members to present their business plans and product line to the membership for consideration for membership.

More information about Market rules and How to Join can be found by clicking here.

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