[Market-farming] Farmers market fees

Errol Castens castens at nepower.coop
Sat Nov 24 09:09:46 EST 2007

In Oxford, Mississippi, our fees are $10 annual registration (to be paid
before the required verification visit to the farm is scheduled, but we
refund it in the first week's booth fee) and $10/wk or $30/mo booth fee
for Saturday mornings. There's a $5 booth fee for Wednesday afternoons,
which understandably have far smaller numbers of both vendors and

As of this year we're charging a $30 registration for anyone outside of
Lafayette County (also refundable in booth fees) just to discourage
back-yard growers who aren't serious about coming to market. Members of
our all-volunteer board don't have time for the 120-mile and 160-mile
round trips we've made a couple of times for who never showed up.

We've operated for seven years in a parking lot but are exploring the
possibility of a shed. If we can get the grant for the building that we've
been led to believe is available, we probably won't raise fees until we
reach capacity; after that, I imagine, we'll charge less to folks who
still have to set up their own canopies.


On Sat, November 24, 2007 2:49 am, HERBKDR at aol.com said:
> I was just curious how much your market charges to set up.  Our market
> just
> doubled our entry fees and it seems a bit high to me.  We have a  market
> with
> approximately 70 vendors selling at various times throughout the  market
> season.  It's a great market but so are many others that don't  charge as
> much.  We
> now have to pay $400 for two 10 x 10 tent spaces and it  must be paid
> before
> January 1 or you cannot sell next season.   The daily set up fee, for the
> two
> spaces, is $40.
> I just think this sounds like a high price for the smaller farmer.  Do
> any
> of you pay an amount like this to sell at your farmers market?
> Karin
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Errol Castens
Oxford, Mississippi
Zone 7

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