Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
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Hours of Operation

    May to October
    Saturdays 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    City Hall Parking Lot

Basic Information
  • Stall fees - $10.00 per stall
  • No reservations needed (first come first serve)
  • Stall fees collected by Market Supervisor between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • What can or cannot be sold is included in the By-Laws
  • Only growers or producers may sell at the market
  • Questions call Shawnee Town 1929 at (913) 248-2360 or E-Mail

Procedures

The Shawnee Farmers' Market operates by the following Policy Statement, PS-63, adopted by the Shawnee City Council on May 10, 2010. The Procedures stated in the Policy are consistent with the by-laws originally adopted by the City Council and take the place of those by-laws and dictate the operations and intent of the Farmer's Market.

1. Objectives
    1. To provide a place where producers of fresh produce can sell directly to consumers.
    2. To make available to consumers locally produced, high quality, fresh produce.
    3. To encourage greater producer participation in the direct marketing of produce.
    4. To encourage increased production of quality products for local consumption.
2. Who May Sell
    1. Only growers or producers may sell.  A grower or producer is any person offering for sale articles such as fruits, honey, vegetables, edible grains, nuts, berries, plants, flowers, arts, crafts, preserves, jellies, jams, or baked goods, such as breads, cookies, or pies (ITEMS WHICH REQUIRE REFRIGERATION MAY NOT BE SOLD) which have been raised, grown, or created by his/herself, members of his/her family, or by persons in his/her employ.
    2. Non-producers are not permitted to sell unless specifically approved by the Market Committee on an individual, weekly basis.
    3. Shipped-in farm products which cannot be grown or are not in season in Kansas and which are not in competition with local products, may be sold.
    4. Sellers must be 18 years of age.

3. What May Be Sold
    1. Pictures of Fresh Produce from Farmers MarketFresh agricultural produce, arts and crafts, preserves, jams, jellies, honey, bread, and baked goods such as breads cookies, or pies may be sold. Produce is defined as fruit, vegetables, preserves, honey, bread products, baked goods, flowers, and plants. Produce should be mature but not overripe, void of decay, have good external and internal appearance, and must be clean and free of contamination. Arts and crafts are defined as hand-made arts and crafts.
    2. Baked goods which require refrigeration (i.e. cream pies) MAY NOT be sold.
    3. Homemade salsa MAY NOT be sold.
    4. Meat MAY NOT be sold.
    5. Fresh farm eggs may be sold as nest-run (i.e. ungraded).  Such eggs must be sold ONLY to household customers.  The eggs must be clean and free from checks.  If containers are used for the sale of eggs, they MUST either be new or the old labeling must be removed or marked out completely.  If you are selling fertilized eggs, you must advise the buyer of this.  While farm fresh eggs do not require immediate refrigeration, you should use common sense in this situation.  Be prepared to refrigerate or otherwise keep the eggs cool (not frozen) during long, hot markets.  Further, you might consider taking orders from consumers.  NOTE: the eggs must be from the producer’s (i.e. Seller’s) own flock of hens.

4. How Produce May Be Sold
    1. Produce may be sold by weight, volume or count.  If selling by weight, your scales are subject to inspection by the Division of Weights and Measures.  Only oil-balance and spring scales (stating “Temperature Compensated”) are certified for trade.  Therefore, selling by count or volume may prove to be easier. However, you may want scales to give the customer an idea of the weight of the volume being sold. Such a scale should be marked “For Estimate Only”.
    2. Each producer will have the privilege and responsibility to establish prices on his/her own products.
    3. Producer should provide containers (i.e. bags/ sacks) for the consumers.
    4. Each producer must post a sign in a conspicuous manner in his/her stall area, identifying the producer by name. Lettering must be clearly legible.
    5. All producers should prepare on poster board or cardboard in large print a list of their products and prices, or in some other way indicate the prices of various products.
    6. Just as a reminder, be prepared to make change for the customer.

5. Exchange and Refunds
    Exchange of produce and/or refunds on produce will be left to the discretion of the producer.

6. Sanitation and Health Requirements
    1. The Shawnee Farmers' Market will provide adequate trash containers.
    2. All produce must be stored and displayed at a “reasonable” distance above the ground (minimum of 18”).  Melons must be sold whole (no halves or slices).
    3. No pets will be permitted within the Farmers' Market.
    4. Each producer is responsible for maintaining his/her sales area in a neat and clean, sanitary condition.  The Market Master will inspect each stall area before the producer leaves for the day.
    5. At the end of each day, all producers must work together to police and clean the general area of the producers’ market.  After all, we are guests on this site, and we will want to use it again.
    6. Restroom access and hand washing facilities are required by law. Help keep them clean.
    7. The produce should be washed and free of contamination before arriving at the Farmers' Market.
    8. Vehicles used in the transportation of produce for the Farmers' Market shall be clean with no solid waste or foreign matter on the vehicles (e.g. truck beds should be clean).
    9. No bicycles or motorized vehicles other than those of sellers and the Market Master shall be permitted in the market proper.
    10. Samples of watermelons or other produce may be given provided they are kept in covered containers.  Hands should be kept clean and must be washed after smoking.  No tobacco is to be used around the preparing area. Knives, cutting boards, etc. must be immediately washed and cleaned after each use. Individuals preparing samples must be clean, presentable, and free of any communicable disease.

7. Stalls
    1. Stalls may be set up ONLY in designated stall areas. This will facilitate the flow of consumer traffic.
    2. It will be your responsibility to set up your own stall and/or tables, although vehicle tailgates or trunks will suffice.  You must provide your own shade also – tarps can be rigged over the vehicles to provide shade.

8. State Taxation
    1. Each producer and seller will be responsible for their collection and payment of sales tax.

9. Stall Fees
    1. A flat rate of $10.00 per stall will be charged for this market season.
    2. The Farmers' Market is a non-profit organization, and this generated income will be used to advertise and for other expenses.

10. Schedule
    1. The Farmers' Market will begin the first Saturday in May and will run through the last Saturday in October.
    2. The Market is open Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A Marketplace Supervisor will be present to collect stall fees each Saturday morning.
    3. Producers are asked to be at the market site at least 30 minutes before opening time. Spaces will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

11. Complaints and Disagreements
    The Market Master is an employee of the City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department.  This individual is charged with overseeing the operation of the Farmers' Market.  Any consumer or producer with a complaint can speak with the marketplace supervisor on site and fill out a complaint form. All complaints will be reviewed by the Market Master on the following Monday.

12. Enforcement of Rules
    The Market Master and Marketplace Supervisor have the authority to enforce all rules. Any participants failing to comply shall have their stall spaces declared vacant at the discretion of the Market Master.
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