UMD Market Day in the Plaza
Farmers Market at UMD
Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association General Rules and Guidelines for Growers/Vendors
MISSION OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING ASSOCIATION: Supporting sustainable farming systems with innovation, demonstration, education and farmer-to-farmer networking.
The Farmers Market started in 2000 and only locally grown plants and food could be sold at the market. The rules changed in 2008 so that locally made arts and crafts can be sold by growers to supplement the plants, produce and other food item sales. The Market now includes live music, local artisans, and crafters who make this market a vibrant and fun destination!
WHO MAY SELL? WHAT IS THE FEE?
Vendor privileges at the Market are extended only to members of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (SFA.)
Each Association vendor shall complete and sign a vendor membership application in the form available on the Association's website at http://lssfa.org; and provide to Association two copies of certificates, permits or licenses required by Laws for the sale of the vendors' products, if needed.
Membership is $30.00 a year plus $7.00 table fee on every market day they participate. The Market Manager will collect the table fee during the middle of each market. The fee supports the management, advertising and development of the market.
- Directions from Woodland Avenue: Turn at College St. toward campus. Take a right on Kirby Drive.
- From the North/from Arrowhead Rd:Turn Right on Kenwood toward UMD. Take a left on College St. and a left on Kirby Drive.
You will see the market location (the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub) by the big glass awning.
Find a campus map here: http://www.d.umn.edu/parking/lots.html
- Vendor parking is available at the meters across the street and at meters located in Lots B, E and G, which are enforced.
- From May through August, without charge at non-metered locations in Lots B, E and G. Lot E, located near the Library, is the nearest free MAROON LOT to the market;
- To guarantee a parking meter space, have the meter ‘hooded’ for the day and reserved for you. This option is available at meters near the Swenson Science Building close to the market for a fee of about $7.50 per day which must be arranged ahead of time. Contact the market manager if you are interested in this option.
- When fall semester starts, vendors can park in PayLot G and for $2.00/day or they can park at meter parking spaces, which are enforced.
- No vehicles will be permitted to park on grass or landscaped areas. The operation of generators by vendors is prohibited.
- Parking at the meters close to the market reduces the number of available spots for off-campus customers to park.
- Setup is first come, first served.
- Setup begins at 1:00 p.m., though vendors may set up earlier if they need more time but not earlier than 12:00 noon.
- Absolutely no selling before the market officially starts at 1:30p.m. until 4:30 p.m. or sell out. Tear down must be completed by 5:30 p.m..
- Vendors are responsible for bringing all the materials they may need including tables, chairs and shade.
- Do not block doors, impede foot/wheelchair access or disrupt bus traffic.
- Vendors may unloaded by parking temporarily at the entrance to the building near the awning or goods can be carried across the street from Parking Lot K (directly across from the Plaza Bus Hub).
- Carts are provided by UMD Stores to assist in unloading and loading.
- Move your vehicle as soon as you are done unloading.
- Limited shade is available under the glass awning. Tables must be behind the pillars and it is first come first serve. No tents are allowed under the awning.
- Tables can be set up along the sidewalk or along the perimeter in the grassy area next to the entrance north side of the market. The south side of the market area with the stone tables and music is reserved for crafters and musicians.
- During inclement weather, set up is inside Kirby Plaza.
- Vendors with canopy can set up on the northside of the market. No canopies allowed under the awning.
- Vendors are responsible for clean-up in their area. Vendors are not permitted to dispose of surplus or spoiled products or trash on University property.
Each week an email goes out to a list of customers who have signed up to receive a weekly update about the market. The email includes information about what each farmer will be bringing to the market that week. The email is sent out either on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning each week. Vendors must advise the market manager by 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday previous to Wednesday' market day if they are participating in that week's market and include a list of items they will be selling.
Vendors have the option to accept EBT cards from people who are on food assistance. We are very happy to be able to offer this at our market to provide more low income people with access to fresh, local food. Contact Galen White at 218-349-6483 for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Can I Sell?
Arts and crafters must only sell what they make locally.
Growers must sell what they grow locally. Growers may have a hired helper from their farm or other family members sell their product at the market. They should be able to explain all the growing techniques, if asked.
A partial list of goods that have been sold at the Market at UMD in the past were:
vegetables, berries, meats, jerky, cut flowers, transplants, house plants, honey, baked goods, mushrooms, wild fruits and nuts, maple syrup, jams & jellies, herbs & spices, teas, tinctures, balms, apple/other fruits, quilts, apple cider/juice, crocheted towels, aprons, greeting cards, jewelries, potteries, and more.
Farmers Market Exemption:
- Allows sale of non-potentially hazardous foods at a community event or farmers market.
- Maximum gross annual sales of $5,000.00 per producer.
- Must post a sign “These products are homemade and not subject to state inspection.”
- Home canned goods must be labeled to include Name and Address of Producer, when applicable.
Can I Give Samples?
Samples of ‘whole foods’ can be given with the use of disposable
materials (i.e. gloves); individually wrapped with plastic; and distributed
in Dixie cups, etc. This should be easy to do with berries,
whole cookies, whole apples. Wash the goods thoroughly to minimize
risk to your customer.
If a vendor wants to cut a product (apples, carrots, breads, etc.) at their table, then there must be a hand washing station available at the market location. Sanitizing liquid is not adequate, neither is our close proximity to the restrooms. If a vendor will be cutting a product, the vendor also has to have a '3-bin sanitizing system' for sanitizing the knife/cutting utensil between uses. Each vendor is responsible in providing this on their table.
If you are in doubt, contact the market manager to discuss
how to give samples your products.
Can I Sell Eggs?
- Eggs must be clean and cannot be cleaned by wet cleaning. Sand paper is acceptable.
- Eggs must be candled, graded, sized and labeled properly.
- To obtain a handbook on grading eggs: www.ams.usda.gov/poultry/resources/pypubs.htm#L3
- Eggs shall be refrigerated at 45 degrees or below and shall be held under mechanical refrigeration if out longer than 4 hours.
Can I Sell Pickles or Canned Goods?
The ‘Pickle Bill’ allows sale of SOME canned pickles, vegetables, or fruits with an equilibrium pH of 4.6 or less. Special requirements apply for selling pickled or canned goods. See ‘Pickle Bill Fact Sheet’ or visit http://www.kingfieldfarmersmarket.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/pickle-bill-fact-sheet.pdf
Can I Sell Bakery Products?
- Bakery products may be sold. Breads, bars, cookies, cakes, and doughnuts are acceptable bakery items. A sign or placard stating, "These products are homemade and not subject to state inspection" MUST be posted.
- All bakery items shall be individually wrapped at the original point of preparation.
- Preparation may be completed in a home-type kitchen, with the reminder that only the bakery items shall be prepared at this time. Food for individual consumption should not be prepared at the same time as bakery items are prepared.
- Bakery items shall be transported in a covered, dust-proof container and individually wrapped.
- Individuals conducting the baking and/or wrapping or sale of food shall thoroughly wash their hands before handling the product.
- No bakery products which requires refrigeration can be sold. This includes: cream-filled pastries, éclairs, cream pies, etc.
- No bake sale items shall be sold that have frosting or other toppings that are applied after the baking process.
For food vendors, who does not need a license?
- Persons selling the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by them.
- A person who prepares and sells food that is not potentially hazardous at a community event or farmers market.
Under “THE PICKLE BILL”:
- A person who processes certain home-canned foods and sells them at a community event or farmers market.
- Farmers selling their own shell eggs; registration and other requirements must also be met.
- Farmers selling their meat & poultry that was processed under continuous inspection.
- Farmers selling fresh raw produce that he or she grew on their own farm.
- Farmers selling honey and maple syrup that was produced on their land.
Can I sell alcoholic beverages?
- No, sale of alcoholic beverages is not allowed.
Can I sell non-alcoholic beverages?
- Sale of non-alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with University's exclusive beverage contract with Coca Cola.
Can I Sell Mushrooms?
Mushrooms need to be identified by a mushroom expert before selling.
Can I Sell Poultry/Meats?
- No License required if from own production. Livestock must be slaughtered and processed at a USDA or MN Equal To facility with continuous inspection.
- Product must be of a single ingredient (no added spices, etc.)
- Farmer must have approved facility for storage and delivery of the products.
- Meat shall be held under mechanical refrigeration if out longer than 4 hours.
- Labels required with the name of product, list of ingredients, name, and address.
- If poultry is going to be slaughtered by the farmer at their farm and sold at the farmers market under the poultry exemption it has to be labeled with the Farmers Name, Address, and zip code of the farm; the Product Name; and Exempt PL 90-492.
- Poultry shall be held under mechanical refrigeration if out longer than 4 hours.
- Labels required with the name of product, list of ingredients, name, and address.
Do I have to be Certified Organic to sell at the market?
No, you do not have to be certified organic to sell at the market. However, you can be certified organic, ‘grown in accordance’ organic or sustainable non-organic. We welcome local producers with a commitment to providing wholesome food.
Review the MDA rules for farmers markets on the MN Department of Agriculture website to see what items are legal to sell at farmers markets and what procedures are associated. These can change every year.
MN Dept Of Agriculture: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/
Pickle Bill Factsheet:
Poultry/Eggs Information: www.ams.usda.gov/poultry/resources/pypubs.htm#L3
UMD HR/Wellness Website: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/wellness/farmersmarket/
UMD Stores Website: http://umdstores.com/SiteText.aspx?id=6165
Lake Superior Chapter Sustainable Farming Association: www.lssfa.org
SFA Membership: http://lssfa.org/Membership.html
Leah Nelson, Market Manager
Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association
Lita C. Wallace, Wellness Coordinator
UMD Department of Human Resources