Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendor Participation Guidelines and Standards

Taking Part - Vendor Rules and Standards

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~ Vince Lombardi


Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio.

By its nature, a farmers' market is a gathering of business owners; folks who are used to making their own rules - so coming in, our vendors choose to abide by market rules and standards.

For the vendor, and for market management, market rules and standards provide structure and a safe environment, where no one is guessing - the playing field is level. Market management can focus on creating a great experience for customers and vendors, and vendors can focus on building customer relationships and making money.

There is great benefit and contagious influence to mutual respect and cooperation.

If you've ever read the Market Wednesday rules, you know Rule No. 1: Life is short, whiners will be dealt with swiftly and severely.  So, yes, if you open for business at this market, we expect a specific level of citizenship and professionalism; to do otherwise, wastes everyone's time and effort.

At this market, we like to lighten up, have fun, and get down to what really matters.  Vendors check their egos and put their baggage in storage - there is no benefit in suffering fools and there is no patience, time, or energy, here, for the distraction of anyone's trifling ways.

Market Wednesday presents a hard-earned collection of flavors, products, and vendors that complement, blend, and balance. Each year our market becomes a community – our vendors and our customers have a sense of belonging and ownership in our market, and that fuels its success.

With gratitude, we recognize the authentic enthusiasm and investment in this market from our vendors. From the beginning of set up to clean-up at the end of the day, we all work together - vendors help each other set up and load-out.  And, our vendors' dedication to quality, willingness to reach out to others, and conscientious customer care helps make the Market Wednesday experience exceptional.

▪ The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market invites vendors to participate in the market by the market season. Vendor participation in this market is up for review each season.

▪ Market management considers a vendor’s positive or negative history of compliance with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations along with farmers’ market rules, standards, and regulations.

▪ Market management considers a vendor’s primary scope and purpose, competitive availability, and number of sellers of a vendor’s product within the market; there is no product exclusivity or monopoly at this market.

▪ Vendor space is available by invitation at the reasoned discretion of market management.  A vendor may or may not be allowed to participate due to available space, excess supply of the products to be sold, other market space limitations, and if criteria is or is not met and/or guidelines or rules and regulations are not adhered to.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. - Maya Angelou

Really, really look in the mirror long and hard before you commit to this market (or any market for that matter). This is a six month commitment. If your business is at a level that participating in this market is a stand-by option....  First of all, congratulations.  Second, don't waste our time or the time of our customers. If you commit to attend this market, we expect you to tag-in, participate, and maintain regular attendance.

▪ A vendor may not sublet space to another vendor. Vendors may not share space with other vendors without permission of market management.

▪ While the market may accept vendor applications, there is no first come, first serve waiting list.

▪ A vendor’s first season at the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is a trial season, for both the market and the vendor.

▪ Market management decisions are final.

By participating in this market, Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market vendors agree that they understand and will abide by market rules, regulations, and standards.

See the Market Wednesday Vendor Info page for additional vendor information.