Returning member Application
Letter from the Board
Thank you for your interest in being a member of the Main Street Farmers Market. This is our tenth 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.
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.
The Main St Farmers Market Board of Directors
Main Street Farmers Market
The mission of the MSFM is to inspire healthy, environmentally responsible lifestyles by fostering relationships within the local food community.
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 $150, 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 $25.00 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 $15.
All MSFM Members must have liability insurance that covers their products and sales at the MSFM.
Returning member APPLICATION - Step 1
Please fill out this application form and then go to STEP 2 in order to complete application process.
In order to complete the application you will need to have the following on hand:
1) Copies of any certifications you may have
2) Proof of liability insurance
returning member APPLICATION - Step 2
TO COMPLETE YOUR MSFM RETURNING MEMBER APPLICATION CLICK BELOW TO SUBMIT YOUR $150 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE. You can also pay the market manager with a check.
Please note that if both your application and annual fee payment are not received by March 1st your membership will be considered lapsed and you will be charged an additional $35 new vendor fee.
If you have any questions regarding your application please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.