Definition of vendor types at the Kent Farmers Market:
Farmers are persons or entities who raise produce (vegetables, fruits, and nuts), herbs, flowers or nursery crops from seed or plants, and care for, nurture, cultivate, and harvest the crops offered for sale at the Market. Beekeepers, egg farmers, poultry growers and fish and/or shellfish growers are considered farmers. Processors are persons offering fresh food products (such as meats, seafood’s, ciders and baked goods) that have added value to their product through some sort of “hands-on” processing (such as smoked meats & handmade candies, etc.). Brokers/Produce Resellers are sellers of fruits and vegetables which cannot be grown reliably or in sufficient quantity, as determined by the Market. Such products will be limited, so as not to compete with “local” farmers’ products. Crafters are persons who craft with their own hands the products they offer for sale at the Market. A majority of the tools and equipment used by the crafter to produce their products must require skills, personal handling and/or guidance by the crafter. No commercial items, no imported items and no second hand items shall be resold by crafters. Prepared Food Vendors offer freshly made foods, available at the Market. Other are any vendors who do not fit into the above categories. (See our website for additional definitions.)
All vendor types’ obligations:
♦ NEW: All vendor fees MUST be paid PRIOR to that Saturday’s check in at the Market.
♦ The Kent Farmers Market (herein known as the “Market”) reserves the right to prohibit anyone from selling, or any product from being sold.
♦ Alcoholic beverages or hazardous substances are not allowed on the Market site.
♦ No smoking within your booth or around customers.
♦ Children must be supervised at the Market site at all times.
♦ Vendors are required to wear proper attire, including shoes and shirts, while selling at the Market.
♦ The Market is not responsible for loss or damage to booth and/or products due to theft, weather conditions, etc.
♦ The Market does not guarantee vendor sales.
♦ Hawking is strictly prohibited at the Market and vendors MUST stay within their booth space.
♦ Abusive language, hazardous or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. The Market staff has the right to request the offending vendor to leave the area. Upon failure of the offending party to leave, the Market may remove property at the vendor’s expense and the Market is discharged from any and all loss or damage occurring in such removal.
♦ No party plans, catalog items, or sale of memberships unless prior approval from the Market Managers.
Farmers / Processors / Produce vendors:
♦ Scales are subject to inspection by the state (make certain scales are legal to trade when selling by the pound). Produce may be sold by the flat, box, bunch, bag, package, stem or container such as a dry pint.
♦ Items offered for sale must be home grown or hand gathered (Produce vendors offering trucked in fruits and vegetables will be allowed).
♦ All processed farm foods must be made from products/ingredients of which a majority are grown or produced by the seller. All processed foods must have the proper permits and licenses as required by the King County Health Dept.
♦ If sampling fruit or vegetables, a Health Dept. permit is required & all produce needs to be washed prior to coming to the market. Letter must be provided stating they have been washed.
♦ Items offered for sale must be hand-crafted. Commercially produced items created by the vendor will be considered on a case-by-case basis. (Must have prior approval by the Market Managers).
♦ Items must be original, unique, actual work of the crafts person, family member or partner.
♦ All items must be handcrafted in the U.S. and designed by the artist, not from kits or components parts or purchased for resale, or a process of mass production. Imported handmade items are considered commercial products.
♦ All products must be high quality, safe and be an enhancement to the Market.
♦ All new products must be screened by Market Managers prior to setup if in question.
♦ Hand crafted components must functionally and aesthetically dominate the commercial components. Commercially produced items must be significantly enhanced with handmade embellishments.
♦ No materials which are blatantly offensive, either racially, ethnically or sexually, shall be allowed at the Market.
♦ If a product is deemed a blatant copyright infringement in the opinion of the Market staff (i.e. copyright characters and logos) the product will not be allowed for sale at the Market.
♦ Duplication will be considered an issue only if the vendor has a valid copyright, trademark, patent or can convince a review committee that the unprotected design was original and unique, and not a generic type of product.
A food handler card and operating health department permits submitted prior to attendance at the Market.
(NO EXCEPTIONS) You must bring all of these each time you are at the Market and adhere to the Seattle-King County Health Department regulations (for specific information, contact the King County Health Department at 206-263-8496). All food must come from an approved source and be packaged under established guidelines. Vehicles must have Labor and Industries sticker. Pets are not allowed.
License, Permits, Inspections and Special Fees:
Vendors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, inspections (food, agricultural & nursery plants) & paying their own taxes. A Kent Business license is not needed. You must register for a permanent Washington State tax number if you plan to sell at the Market three or more times during the year. You must have a temporary tax number if you plan to just sell one time at the Market. (Call the Washington State Department of Revenue at 1-800-647-7706).
Booth set up:
Staff arrives at the Market site, two hours prior to opening. Check-in is located in the intersection of 2nd & Harrison.
Vendors MUST provide their own tables, chairs, extension cords (12-3 gauge wire minimum), tent, tent weights, etc. Booths and/or tables must be erected with concerns for the safety of the public and the Market vendors. All booth tarps/canopies must be made of fire retardant materials and must have weights on all four sides. The weights need to be a minimum of 24 lbs. on each leg of the canopy. Booth set up is to be completed by opening. Booth spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet. Booth is to be set straight back from the tee marks located on each side of the booth space number. Vehicles are allowed on site to unload but must be parked in an approved area 15 minutes prior to
Vendor booths take down:
Booth must be completely torn down before vehicles may be brought on site!
NEW: No vehicles will be allowed on site until after official Market closing time of 2:00 p.m. for customer safety. Vendors are committed to stay until closing unless completely sold out or okay’d by Market Managers. Vendors leaving before closing time without prior approval may result in expulsion. Vendors are responsible for keeping their own spaces clean and attractive during and after the market. Vendors leaving the space littered at the end of the day will be fined $50.00 which must be paid prior to returning to the Market.
Vendor flow of traffic:
Setup entry is at the intersection of 2nd and Harrison. Please follow the Market volunteers and the vendor map that will be provided later.
Vendor parking is prohibited on Market grounds and any private business lot (cars will be towed at your risk and expense). Parking next to the Market area is reserved for customers only and you cannot park in the Library parking lot or on Meeker St. Market volunteers will patrol these areas and will ask you to move your vehicle. If you are found in one warning. Parking is available in the parking garage across the street or any surface streets other than on Meeker.