Farmer

Thank you for your expression of interest in the Riverland Farmers’ Market.

The concept of farmers’ markets is not a new one. Farmers have bartered and sold goods as far back in history as agriculture itself.

In this era, it is generally accepted that, at most farmers’ markets, stallholders must have produced the goods themselves within the region.

The main emphasis of farmers’ markets is to help local producers and to sell their goods directly to the public, near their source of origin, creating benefits to them, the environment and the local community.

The selection of produce available at a farmers’ market will vary with season and location, however the consumer is likely to be able to find a delicious selection of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, bread, cakes, jams, fruit juices, dairy produce and smallgoods.

The Riverland Farmers’ Market shares with its producers and stakeholders, a commitment to providing local and quality produce of an affordable nature to the Riverland community.

The market experience will provide producers with the opportunity to network and develop their marketing skills, and, through direct contact with their customers, gain greater knowledge of customer requirements. Importantly, a marketplace atmosphere will build on a Riverland sense of community.

To become a stallholder at our market please:

Read the following CHARTER: Riverland Farmers’ Market

Complete the Application to Trade form, available from the Market Manager, phone 08 85824864 or 0417824648, or email [email protected]

Enclose all the relevant paperwork/certificates applicable to your business, as specified on the forms

Ensure payment is forwarded to the Market Manager by the Wednesday of that market week.

Forward your application to the Farmers’ Market Manager in person or to PO Box 2380 Berri SA 5343.

We welcome your participation!

The prime aim of the market is to develop a vibrant environment in which consumers and producers are brought together. Some guidelines, however, are necessary to ensure the authenticity, success and sustainability of the market are maintained.

Making an application for a stall

Interested producers wishing to sell produce must provide a completed market application form to the Market Manager.

The Market Manager on behalf of the Food Riverland Inc. Committee has the authority to reject applications that do not comply with stated conditions.

Once approval is given, the permit to trade lasts for the duration of the financial year.

The Market Manager will work to ensure that a broad range of products is available, and that the market is not dominated by one particular type and/or variety of product.  For example, the Manager may not allow more than two stallholders selling oranges unless they are other varieties or organically grown.

The decision of the Manager in all matters relating to the running of the market shall, on the day, be final.  Appeals may be made to the Food Riverland Inc. Committee in writing.

Stallholder attendance rotations (e.g. fortnightly instead of weekly) may be negotiated with the Market Manager.

All stallholders must provide a copy of their public liability insurance before the commencement of their trading. Stallholders may opt to purchase insurance by the week, at a very reasomable cost, from the Market Manager. This may be of particular interest to occasional stallholders who do not wish to outlay a yearly premium.

Market hours

The market will operate on Saturdays from 7.30am until 11.30am weekly.

Stallholders must trade from 7:30 – 11:30am.

Stallholders may set up from 6am.

Stallholders should refrain from packing up until the market is closed.

Stall fees

Please contact the Market Manager for information regarding current stall fees.

The appropriate stallholder fees shall be set by Food Riverland Inc, and will reflect the cost of running and promoting the market.

Stallholders will be required to pay the appropriate fee to the Market Manager three days prior to commencement of trade.

Stallholder fee includes GST.

Stallholders must be financial Food Riverland Inc. members to trade at the Riverland Farmers’ Market. Food Riverland Inc. membership ($55-00) is paid annually (July – June).

Weekly stallholders will be given priority of space every week over non-weekly stallholders. The Market Manager will have the final jurisdiction over positioning of stalls from week to week.

Products eligible for sale

Products sold should be produced in the Riverland region by the stallholder, as listed on the application form, unless the Food Riverland Inc. Committee has approved otherwise. Goods, not produced in the Riverland, but closely associated with the Riverland-produced products, (eg. wooden bread platters on a bread stall) may be allowed to be sold subject to the approval of the Committee.

Eligible products include:

Category 1: primary produce Could include (but not limited to) eggs, fresh & dried fruit, vegetables, herbs, olives, meat, fish, cheese, milk, butter, flour, nuts, grains, honey and bee products, potted plants and cut flowers.

Category 2: value-added consumable products Could include (but not limited to) products such as oils, jams, preserves, fruit juices, roasted coffee, ice cream, breads, cakes, and desserts and ready-made meals.

Category 3: art & craft Could include (but not limited to) locally-made art and craft items such as jewellery, paintings/drawings, fabric crafts, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork, pottery, mosaics.

To maintain the emphasis of food at the Riverland Farmers’ Market, the number of Category 3 stalls will be no more than 5 at any particular time.

The stallholder may sell only products listed on the approved application form. If vendors have additional produce, not listed on their original application form, available to sell during the season, approval must be sought from the Market Manager.  Stallholders must give 24 hours notice, in writing, via email, fax or mail, of intention to vary the produce originally nominated on the application form.

Produce should be picked or produced as close to market day as possible and handled in a way to preserve the fresh quality until market opens.

Unmarketable goods include:

Any product that appears badly marked, stale, over ripe, fruit fly or other pest infested, have visual signs of chemical residue or which does not comply with chemical withholding periods.

Any product that has not been produced in the Riverland other than those explicitly approved by the Food Riverland Inc. Committee.

Cold storage or out-of-season produce.

Genetically modified produce.

Purchased/re-packaged/on-sold finished or imported goods.

Any produce deemed unmarketable by the Food Riverland Inc. Committee or the Market Manager for any other reason.

Stallholders must guarantee against selling “unmarketable” produce. Stallholders in breach of the charter will be required to withdraw produce.

Who may sell?

Stallholders are able to purchase from other producers who are local and members of Food Riverland Inc. and on-sell or cooperatively sell their products from their stall at the market. The Market Manager must be informed in writing (post, email or fax) prior to the commencement of the market day.

Stallholders may sell products on behalf of other producers who are Food Riverland Inc. members. If a stallholder is selling products on behalf of another producer the products must be clearly marked and or signage to indicate whose product it is.

If a stallholder is unable to attend a particular market, a representative may be nominated to sell items on the original stallholder’s behalf for that period of time only. The Market Manager must be informed of this in writing (post, email or fax) prior to the commencement of the market day.

The Food Riverland Inc. Committee, at their discretion, may waive the normal stallholders’ conditions  and  fee in exceptional circumstances (for example, but not limited to, a charity group which advertises the Riverland Farmers’ Market at no cost).

The Food Riverland Inc. Committee, at their discretion, may invite guest stallholders who sell goods not produced in the Riverland.

Commitment from Stallholders

Stallholders will make a commitment by the Wednesday immediately prior to the Market.

In unforeseen circumstances that the stallholder is not able to attend the next committed market, the stallholder must provide 24 hours notice to the Market Manager if a refund of the pre-paid fee is required.

A pre-paid fee may be advanced to the next week in exceptional circumstances if the market manager is notified.  If the market manger is not notified, however, the stallholder will lose their pre-paid fee.

Stallholders may be asked to donate towards a raffle (from time to time) to assist with raising money for various projects.

Presentation

Stallholders should have appropriate signage to identify their stalls.

Stallholders will be expected to be neat, suitably dressed and deal with the public in a courteous manner.

Products should be displayed attractively, with due regard for consumers and other stallholders.

Promotion

The Food Riverland Inc. Committee and the Market Manager shall have an on-going commitment to promote the market and to seek new stallholders.                                 .