Become a MSFM Vendor


Letter from the Board

Thank you for your interest in being a member of the Main Street Farmers Market. This is our ninth season as a market; we are humbled and energized by the loyal customer base we have established.

Our farmers market was created to supply the small farms of the Chattanooga region with a direct sales outlet and the Chattanooga community with the freshest and healthiest foods available in our region. Our mission has grown and evolved to include the goal of inspiring healthy, environmentally responsible lifestyles among community members by fostering relationships within the local food community.

A farmers market is a special place. At a farmers market, the farmer and the consumer come together and interact to build a one-on-one relationship. Here the consumer can learn about local food production and the changing seasons. Here also, the farmer can learn how to better serve the community. This is a special relationship where each group is working together to create a better local food system for all.

We feel that a successful farmers market is a market with a diverse group of products, and with a good balance between the number of the consumers and the number of vendors. It is important that you provide the most accurate estimate of your expected attendance as possible to allow us to balance site use with member participation.

Please explore this application packet as you consider applying to be a member. Go here to become familiar with our Rules and Regulations and Bylaws.

The Board of Directors will review your application and make a decision in committee as to whether you are a good fit for the market at this time. We will be guided by our desire to create a diverse group of products at the market, and are looking for members of the market to use sustainable, organic, and humane growing practices. Please reach out to us before you apply with any questions or concerns.

We have big plans for the market and hope to have you as a member soon. If your application is declined and you wish to know why, please contact our market manager for more information. We will be happy to discuss any aspects of the application process with you.

Again, thanks for your interest in applying to be a member at the Main St Farmers Market. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,
The Main St Farmers Market Board of Directors

Main Street Farmers Market
Membership Guidelines

Mission Statement

The mission of the MSFM is to inspire healthy, environmentally responsible lifestyles by fostering relationships within the local food community.

Vision Statement

We envision a Chattanooga made vibrant and prosperous through our connection to the food we eat and the people who produce it.

Dates and Hours of Operation

MSFM operates every Wednesday, the year round, with two, six month seasons. Summer market hours of operation are 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and winter market hours are 4-5 pm (November-March). The daylight saving time schedule will determine the change from winter to summer hours. The MSFM is located at 522 West Main Street in Chattanooga TN, in the Finley Stadium parking lot at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets.

Member Application Process & Fees

New applicants must fill out the yearly application and are required to pay a non-refundable $35 new application fee. See application below. 

Following the application review process, and upon approval, newly accepted members are required to pay the annual membership fee of $100, and are visited by representatives of the market before becoming a member.

Guidelines all Members Must Comply With:

  • Members must operate within a 100-mile radius of the market.
  • Members must be the original producer of the product, or be engaged in a direct cooperative arrangement approved by the Market Manager and the Board of Directors. No reselling is allowed at the MSFM.
  • MSFM does not accept all-crafts vendors; members wishing to sell crafts that are a by-product of their food production may do so.
  • Weekly market space rental fee for a two-hour market is $20.00 for one 10x10 space, to be given to the Market Manager before the end of the market day. For one-hour winter markets, the fee is $10.
  • Members must abide by the Bylaws and the Rules and Regulations of the MSFM, which support a smoothly running market.

Market Manager: Holly Martin - info@mainstfarmersmarket.com
Board President: Thomas Persinger - thomas@wildalaskasalmonandseafood.com


NEW Vendor APPLICATION - Step 1

Please fill out this application form and then go to STEP 2 in order to complete application process.

Name of Owner *
Name of Owner
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Please make sure to put United States in the country field.
Physical Address (if different)
Physical Address (if different)
Please make sure to put United States in the country field.
Cell Phone *
Cell Phone
Other Phone
Other Phone
http://
Product List *
Check and list products to be sold. Please be specific according to the crops and/or products you have planned for the year, and any value added products you anticipate selling. Any changes to this product list made during the year must be submitted for approval by the Board of Directors.
FARMS
Food artisans who are not growing their own ingredients do not need to complete this section.
If you plan to sell products under the following classifications, attach the designated certificates.
If certifications are selected below, we will request to see them during application review process.
CSA PARTICIPATION
Farmers without CSA, Herd Share, or similar pickups do not need to fill out this section.
FOOD ARTISANS
Farms not preparing value added products do not need to complete this section.
Products made using sustainably grown ingredients sourced locally (within 100 miles) are given priority consideration in the application process. If you source ingredients locally please submit a letter stating so from at least one of your sources.
The State of Tennessee has requirements for food production. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all proper permits, inspections, licensing, etc. have taken place or have been issued.
ATTENDANCE & INVOLVEMENT
Vendor attendance is an important factor in the success of any farmers market. In order for us to make the best use of our site, please be as specific as possible in listing the months of the year and how often you expect to sell at the market so we can schedule use of the vendor spaces appropriately. Should you be approved this year, your attendance during the year will be a factor that is considered if you reapply for the next season. *
MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT
After submitting this form go to STEP 2 and pay the non-refundable new member application fee.
Please note that your application will not be reviewed until STEP 2 is completed and you application fee is received.
 

NEW vendor APPLICATION - Step 2

MSFM New Vendor Application Fee
35.00

To complete your MSFM new vendor application click below to submit your $35 non-refundable application fee.

If you have any questions regarding your application please email us at info@mainstfarmersmarket.com.

Pay Application Fee & Complete Application Process