SELLING AT THE MARKETS

Who may sell and participate at the markets is determined by the BUGFM Committee/Management Team as explained below. Decisions of the BUGFM Committee/Management Team are subject to review by the Executive Director and the Blodgett Urban Gardens Board of Directors.

 

A.     Farmers, producers cooperatives, growers and producers of agricultural products grown or produced within 200 miles of Houston providing:

 

  1. A vendor application has been submitted to and approved by the BUGFM Committee/Management Team.
  2. They are growing or producing their own local product; no re-selling is permitted.
  3. They hold all required permits, licenses, and insurance policies necessary for their business operation.
  4. They sign the Indemnity Agreement and the Participation Agreement included in the vendor application.
  5. They allow market representatives to inspect their farm and production facilities prior to selling at the markets and/or from time to time.
  6. They pay the bi-weekly/monthly/annual vendor fee.

 

B.     Value-Added Vendors, who may or may not be growing the ingredients, but who obtain and process ingredients to produce items may sell their products at the market, providing:

 

  1. A vendor application has been submitted to and approved by the BUGFM Committee/Management Team.
  2. They are producing their own local product; no re-selling is permitted.
  3. They hold all required permits, licenses, and insurance policies necessary for their business operation.
  4. They sign the Indemnity Agreement and the Participation Agreement included in the vendor application.
  5. The value-added vendor allows market representatives to inspect their production facilities prior to selling at the market and from time to time.
  6. They pay the bi-weekly/monthly/annual vendor fee.

 

C.     Agents: Future vendors may NOT represent or be represented by other growers or producers as agents. Agents may sell products at the market, providing:

 

  1. The grower or producer participates in person for the duration of the market day at least twice a year or at least once during the season their product is sold at the market.
  2. The product is labeled with the name of the actual producer and signage that identifies that name of the producer.
  3. The grower produces their own local product; no re-selling is permitted.
  4. The grower holds all required permits, licenses, and insurance policies necessary for their business operation.
  5. The grower signs the Indemnity Agreement and the Participation Agreement included in the vendor application.
  6. The grower allows market representatives to inspect their farm and production facilities prior to selling at the market and from time to time.
  7. The grower pays the annual vendor fee.

 

D.    Non-Profit Groups: non-profit groups may participate at the market as space permits. Nonprofits who are accepted to participate in the market are identified by criteria determined by the BUGFM Committee/Management Team, but are chosen at the discretion of the Market Manager and the Executive Director. Such groups may set up information-only tables free of charge.

 

E.     Chef’s Corner: chefs are allowed to buy and prepare food at the market for the purpose of promoting locally grown and produced food. Chefs are encouraged to interact with the customer, and demonstrate how they are preparing the food. Chefs may pass out information leaflets on their restaurant, but may not sell anything. Participating chefs must work in a certified kitchen and sign both the Indemnity Agreement and Participation Agreement prior to participating in the market.

 

 What can be sold

A.     Agricultural products grown or produced by the seller, including but not limited to:

 

  1. vegetables
  2. fruits, nuts, berries
  3. ornamental plants and flowers
  4. eggs
  5. milk and cheese
  6. meat and poultry
  7. seafood, either farm-raised or wild-caught
  8. honey
  9. edible plants and plant starts. Must be non-invasive.

 

B.     Value-Added products produced by the seller, including but not limited to:

 

  1. prepared foods
  2. jams and jellies
  3. pickles, vinegars, salsas
  4. seasoning mixes, sauces
  5. dried flower arrangements
  6. baked goods
  7. herbal lotions, soaps, teas, etc.

 

All vendors must comply with all applicable city, county, state, and federal health regulations at all times. The Market Manager will keep in each vendor's file copies of all applicable permits and licenses. It is each vendor's responsibility to provide current copies to the Market Manager, as well as to keep copies with them at the market to be available for inspection by government officials.

To view the full Blodgett Urban Gardens Farmers Market Bylaws please click here 

To become a vendor at the Blodgett Urban Gardens Farmer's Markets please fill out the application below or print the paper application to participate.