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TIPS FOR NEW AND POTENTIAL VENDORS
 
Making a commitment to direct marketing, particularly in a Farmers Market is something that should be thought through and carefully considered. The benefits of successful planning far out weigh the effort it takes, and it helps to ensure that your market experience is positive and profitable.
 
Before you make application to the BFM (or any Farmers Market), ask yourself these questions:
  • Do I have the time to both grow/make my product AND handle direct marketing?

  • Do I have the temperament to handle the contact with the public?

  • Do I have the motivation and ability to learn about display, signage and other important aspects of successful direct marketing?

  • Do I have the resources to purchase trucks, display equipment, canopies, etc

Once you decide to make the commitment to selling in a farmers market, ask yourself:
  • Is the BFM a good fit for me?

  • Do I clearly understand and agree with the rules of the Market?

  • How am I going to compete against existing vendors? How will I stay competitive, year after year?

  • How do I begin to build a customer base?

  • Who will my employees be and how will I train them to sell my product?

  • What am I going to do with fresh market product that doesn’t sell? Do I have alternatives such as stores or farmstands to move unsold product after Market? Can I turn some of my unsold product into value added products such as jams or syrups so that it doesn’t go to waste?

Applying to the BFM
  • Fill out your application thoroughly.

  • Mail your application fee and copies of all applicable licenses to the Market office.

  • Be familiar with the Market rules.

  • Make sure that you check your e-mail for communications from the Market.

  • Attend a Vendor Registration Meeting if possible.

Once you’ve been accepted as a vendor, remember the following tips as you head to your first day as a BFM vendor.
  • If possible, check out the Market in advance. This way you can see what a typical Beaverton Market day is like. Being familiar with the Market before you arrive will make your first days as a vendor go more smoothly.

  • Know your space number and bring a copy of the Market Map to help you locate that space.

  • Spaces in our lot are marked by two asphalt nails covered with white dots, in the corners and a brass ring in the middle of the space. The space number is on the brass ring. Bring a flashlight for dark mornings – the space markings can be difficult to see.

  • Vendors may not enter the Market before 5:30 a.m. The morning set-up time is very congested. There are a lot of vehicles that need to be moved in and out of the market in a short period of time. Vendors need to arrive and quickly unload the parts and contents of their booth, move their vehicle to the designated parking area, then return to their booth to set up. Do not set-up as you unload -- this is time consuming and your vehicle may be blocking another vendor’s access to their space.

  • Have your products and display equipment well organized. If you are a first time vendor make sure to set up your booth before you come to Market. Trying to decide where everything should go on a hectic Market morning is stressful and not always conducive to creative thought. Remember that you may not exceed the limits of your space boundaries. This means that you may not use grass areas, planters or sidewalks to store products or boxes.

  • Be familiar with how to put up your canopy. One of the things we hate to see most all is for a first time vendor to arrive at Market and dump a box of canopy parts all over his booth and spend the first hour of set up time in frustration and anger as he tries to assemble the canopy for the first time. We highly recommend “EZ UP” style canopies.

  • Make sure to bring canopy weights sufficient enough to hold your canopy in place. If your canopy is 200 sq. feet or greater you are also required to have a fire extinguisher (see Vendor Handbook)

  • Don’t forget all of the little miscellaneous things that you need for your booth – bags, change (you will get a lot of $20.00 bills first thing in the morning), sunscreen, pens, pencils, calculators, etc. These are the types of things that vendors consistently forget. Make yourself a load list and check it off as you place items in your truck. Don’t forget personal comfort items such as hats, scarves and drinking water.

  • Vendors must clean up their space before leaving. Don’t forget to bring a broom and dustpan. You must take away your garbage so bring plenty of garbage bags. The Market trashcans are for customer garbage only.

  • Signage – you must bring a sign telling customers the name and location of your business. An attractive sign is the first step towards good marketing. All of your products must have their prices clearly signed.

  • If you plan on sampling your product, make sure that you are familiar with the ODA Food Safety Guidelines in your Vendor Handbook. Add a hand washing station and proper sampling equipment to your load list.

  • Don’t forget to bring promotional materials such as business cards or maps to your farm or nursery.

  • You and your employees must park in the designated vendor parking lot on 6 th and Watson, or on the streets south of and not including 5th Street.

  • Weekly space fees will be paid to the Market Master, at the Market Information Booth, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Market day.

  • Finally, don’t forget to bring a positive attitude and a big smile. Our customers love to shop at the Market and are looking forward to getting to know you. Making them feel welcome in your booth is the first step to building a loyal customer base.

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