Spring 2021 Information for Vendors

Membership Application/Renewal
Meeting Notes & Financial Documents
Open Food Network Online Sales Platform
SNAP/EBT Training & Vendor Agreement
COVID-19 Relief Programs Available to Farmers’ Market Vendors




Market Start Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Market Hours: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Set-up time: 7:00 am



PoP Start Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021




Management of the Market

  • Christy Harling will serve as manager until we are able to fill the manager position.
  • Kate Mercado will continue to do Facebook posts.
  • Mike Claypool and Loren Berkoski will help with market layout and logistics of getting vendors in place.
  • We do still want to find a more permanent manager – Christy intends for her role as manager to be temporary. Please spread the word!
  • Click Here to download the manager position description



 

Membership Application or Renewal

Payment: 2 options

  • Send a check for $100 made out to Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market to:
    Kent Lorentzen
    62817 Great River Road
    Jacobson, MN 55752
  • Contact Kent Lorentzen to ask for a PayPal invoice, and pay the $100 + $3.20 processing fee via PayPal. Kent’s email: treasurer@grfarmersmarket.org

Membership forms: 2 options


 

Meeting Notes & Financial Documents





 

New Online Sales Platform: Open Food Network

Open Food Network. Much more information will be coming out about this in the next two weeks.

Platform comparison document

Open Food Network Guidebook
















 

SNAP/EBT Training & Vendor Agreement

Vendors who sell food other than Ready-to-Eat (RTE) items are eligible to accept the red $1 EBT tokens from customers. The market is a USDA-authorized SNAP retailer. One of the requirements is that we train vendors every year. The training video and vendor agreement are linked below. Vendors will be asked to sign the vendor agreement before accepting any SNAP tokens.

SNAP Training Video

Vendor Agreement for SNAP & Other Token Programs


 

COVID-19 Federal Relief Programs Available to Farmers’ Market Vendors

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

  • Re-opened; no deadline set at this time
  • Available to farmers
  • Grant based on your 2019 production or number of head of livestock
  • Apply through Farm Service Agency

More information about applying for CFAP

Paycheck Protection Program

  • Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021
  • Starts out as a loan, but you can apply for loan forgiveness
  • Based on your 2019 or 2020 gross income from Schedule F or Schedule C
  • Apply through a lender; many area banks are participating

More information about applying for PPP

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