Winter Market Season 2021-2022

MARKET DATES AND TIMES:

The Winter Market runs from 10am-2pm. Market dates are every other Saturday with the exception of December and with two Saturdays off in a row for Christmas and New Years Day, for a total of 11 markets:

Dec 4
Dec 11
Dec 18
Jan 8
Jan 22
Feb 5
Feb 19
Mar 5
Mar 19
Apr 2
Apr 16

MARKET LOCATION:
December 2021: the market will be held outdoors in our current location, the County Courthouse parking lot with entrances on John St (between Crown and Wall St) and on Wall St (between Main and John St). The Winter market vendors will all be placed in the northern area of the lot. In the case that we have a forecast of below freezing temperatures all day or a snowstorm, we will activate a contingency plan including moving some vendors with delicate goods indoors to the Old Dutch Church. Propane heaters can be used for outdoor dates.

January-April 2022: the market will be held in Bethany Hall on the first floor of the Old Dutch Church at 272 Wall St. 

Depending on COVID transmission levels, we may choose to move outdoors again in March and April as we did in 2021, either to our current location in the County Courthouse parking lot or our former location on Wall St between Main and John St. 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: All applications must be submitted online via ManageMyMarket.com by Monday, October 4, 2021. 

Applicants will be alerted to their approval or waitlist by Friday, October 22, 2021. 

Insurance, licensing and fees will be due by December 1, 2021.

There will be a mandatory Vendor Meeting the week of Nov 29, 2021.

VENDOR SELECTION: Vendors may participate in the Kingston Farmers Market (KFM) by invitation from the market’s Board of Directors only. KFM is under no obligation to extend participation privileges to any vendor, regardless of past acceptance status or any other factor. Vendors are carefully chosen by the Board to ensure a diverse and fair mix of products across many product categories, which can and will change from year to year. 

Vendors requesting to sell the following items using New York State grown, raised or foraged ingredients are invited to apply to the KFM: vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, game, eggs, mushrooms, maple products, honey, herbs, plants, flowers, cheese, wine, fruit juice, cider, jams, pickles, baked goods, beer, wine, spirits, processed, value-added and prepared foods. 

Vendors wishing to sell crafts such as soap, wool products, bee products and other agriculturally related items will also be considered when these items are created using New York State grown, raised or foraged products. 

All products must be grown and/or produced by the applicant. Items for resale are subject to approval by special permission only. The KFM is primarily a food market – craft vendors will be considered after all other spots are filled and at the discretion of the Board.

The Board of Directors will consider applicants whose primary growing/manufacturing location is located within 50 miles of Kingston, NY. The Board reserves the right to make exceptions in regard to applicant location at any time.

WEATHER AND CANCELLATION: The market runs rain or shine. All vendors are required to attend the market in all weather – please be prepared for hot, cold, wet and windy weather as we run outdoors in three seasons. All tents must have 4 weights, one for each leg, and be available to use at every market. Vendors are permitted to bring small space heaters that don’t require access to electricity. 

The market is cancelled in only very extreme circumstances, but if it becomes necessary we will alert vendors about the possibility of a cancellation by Thursday at 4pm, and we will officially cancel the market by 12pm on the Friday before the market.  Cancellation will be announced to vendors by email, and will also be posted on the market’s social media pages.  

In the event of a cancellation by market management, refunds will be issued to pop-up vendors only. KFM is not liable for unsellable merchandise in the case of a cancelled market.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory for all markets from May through November. Vendors are afforded 1 excused absence during the market season (excused absence is defined as notifying the market manager at least 24 hours in advance). Not attending the market without notifying the market manager, or with notice less than 24 hours in advance – or less than 48 hours for pop-up vendors – can result in the vendor being asked not to return for the remainder of the season. 

The market does not issue refunds for dates that vendors are absent, including pop up vendors. 

We want to stress that if vendors or any of their employees or family members have symptoms or reasons that they might have been exposed to COVID-19, they should not hesitate to cancel ASAP and stay at home! 

Please notify Laura Crimmins, Market Manager, of any absences by email at info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org or via phone at 646-262-4672. 

LOAD-IN & OUT AND PARKING:
For Outdoor Dates: Vehicles may enter the lot after 8:00am via the entrances on John St or Wall St (across from the Old Dutch Church). All vehicles that are not approved and paid for must be off the lot by 9:45am sharp and moved to a parking space. If a vendor arrives after 9:45am, they may park in a parking spot outside the market and use their own cart to bring their materials to their allocated spot.

For Indoor Dates: The Old Dutch Church is on the corner of Wall Street and Main Street in uptown Kingston. The Wall Street entrance (main entrance) has 4 steps to get into the church. The Fair Street entrance (back entrance) has a handicapped accessible ramp that can be used for loading in and out. At back entrance, there is no parking on the pavement/sidewalk at all, vehicles must be parked on the gravel only, with a 15 minute time limit. The handicapped ramp must not be blocked at any time! At either entrance please unload your vehicle and then move your car to a designated parking spot before you set up your table. We will have many vendors unloading at the same time, so please be conscientious of your fellow vendors. We recommend bringing a hand truck or cart of some kind to make the process easier and quicker.

An 8 foot table and chairs will be provided for each paid space.

Parking is available on the street (Kingston is at this time unofficially not checking meters on Saturdays), or in one of the free lots in Uptown, see map here: https://kingstonfarmersmarket.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Kingston-Farmers-Market-Parking-Map-2020.pdf

Vendors may not break down their tent or tables nor leave the market before 2:00pm. We ask that Vendors do not drive their vehicles into the market to load out until 2:10pm to allow all customers to be safely out of the area.

**All vendors must be fully set up with products ready to be sold at 10:00am. Any vendor not set up and ready to take customers at 10:00 will be fined $50, to be paid by cash or check on the same day.

**Any vendor with 3 late set-ups may be asked not to return to the market to make way for a waitlisted vendor, and it will affect the possibility of acceptance to future markets. 

Market day questions can be directed to Site Manager Suzanne Flaum: 845-800-0437

TENT PLACEMENT AND SPACE USE: Vending should be conducted under a 10×10’ tent at all markets, unless asked by staff to take down because of high winds. All product and display should be within the area of the tent and may not exceed a 100 square foot (10’x 10’) area. All tents must have 4 weights, one for each leg, and be available to use at every market. 

8’ Tables and Chairs are provided by the Old Dutch Church for indoor dates!

The Market Manager and Board of Directors determine the layout of the market and take many factors into consideration during the process. If you have special needs regarding location, you may include that in your application. The Board and Manager reserve the right to place, relocate, or otherwise shift the location of a vendor’s booth at any time for any reason.

CLEAN UP AND TRASH: Vendors must leave their area as they found it with no produce, trash or any kind of liquid other than water on the ground. Clean ice from coolers with no other liquid or solids mixed in should be dumped in sewer grates and not on the ground. Ground should be swept and any liquid spills, particularly oil, should be washed with water and mopped up as much as possible.

Vendors are responsible to carry out their own trash, the dumpsters on the grounds may not be used. The KFM provides one trash can at their tent for use of customers, staff, volunteers and vendors for everyday handheld trash such as coffee cups or tissues – waste produced from vending should NOT be dumped here. 

PETS: Vendors may not bring their pets or any animals to the market without special approval from the Market Manager. Dogs are allowed with customers on Outdoor dates, but are not allowed inside the Old Dutch Church. 

VENDOR SAFETY: We are committed to ensuring the safety of our vendors, their staff, market staff and customers and to upholding our Code of Conduct. If there is a safety issue at the market, immediately bring it to the attention of either the Site Manager or the Market Manager. 

VENDOR FEES: DUE DECEMBER 1, 2021. Vendor Fees are $385 per 10’x10’ space (outdoors) or 8’ Table (indoors). Additional tents or spaces for a vendor are $385 each.  

Pop-up vendor fees are $50 per 10’x10’ space or 8’ table per date.

Vendor fees are due upon the approval of the vendor application, and must be received by December 1, 2021

Check should be sent to:
Kingston Farmers Market, P.O. Box 3794, Kingston, NY 12402

Payments can also be made via Paypal as a donation to info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org or using this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=T9QSEFEG2FHRG

To participate in the payment plan, please submit 2 checks at once each with half of your fee due, one with current date and one dated February 1, 2022. 

 All payments must include the name of your business and the season that you are paying for.

Vendors who have any outstanding balance from previous markets will not be allowed to participate in the market. 

INSURANCE AND LICENSING: DUE DECEMBER 1, 2021. Upon acceptance, vendors must provide all necessary licenses. Vendors selling prepared foods must submit a copy of their 20-c or home kitchen exemption, and vendors selling ready-to-eat hot food must apply for a Temporary Food Service Permit from Ulster County Dept of Health. Please inquire with the Market Manager if you are unsure of what you need. 

All vendors must have $1,000,000 in general liability coverage with three separate certificate holders listed as additional insureds:

Kingston Farmers Market
PO Box 3794
Kingston, NY 12402

County of Ulster
PO Box 1800/244 Fair St
Kingston, NY 12402

Old Dutch Church
272 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401

Copies must be sent to: info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org or Kingston Farmers Market, PO Box 3794, Kingston, NY 12401 by December 1, 2021.

PRODUCT AGREEMENT:  Vendors must provide a specific list of all products they plan to sell. It is required to specify whether the crops or products are grown and/or made by you or obtained from another source, and where you obtain your ingredients from. 

Some vendors’ products may not be approved by the market for sale if there is already sufficient quantity available to meet customer demand, or because of another reason at the Board’s discretion. Non-approved items presented for sale by a vendor will be asked to be removed from the market. 

Vendors should bring approved products to the market in sufficient quantity to satisfy customer demand. If a vendor is unable to supply a product in sufficient quantity, KFM may add these products to other vendors’ lists of approved products. 

The Kingston Market is dedicated to allocating a fair share of the market to all and ensuring that our customers have a good variety of products to choose from throughout the season while offering only adequate amounts of each product to allow all vendors to be successful.  

CREDIT CARDS: The market does not offer a credit/debit card redemption program, and we recommend that vendors accept credit/debit card payments. There is Wi-Fi access inside the Old Dutch Church, and sometimes in the parking lot but cannot be relied upon, mobile credit card readers should be able to access cell phone networks. There are a couple of ATMs on the same block as the market. 

SNAP/EBT, BENEFITS AND COUPONS: The market accepts SNAP (EBT/Food stamps) and provides customers with a couple different benefit programs to stretch their buying power. We expect vendors to accept SNAP tokens as payment for eligible products, as well as benefit program payments and KFM coupons as applicable. The market reimburses vendors monthly via check. For more information about SNAP/EBT at the market please visit www.snaptomarket.com

SNAP Wooden tokens:  The market distributes wooden tokens worth $1 SNAP dollar. All Vendors should accept these as payment except vendors selling alcohol, restaurant style foods, hot drinks and coffee, vitamins and medicine, or non-food items. These will be collected and reimbursed by the market. 

FreshConnect Coupons: The market distributes $2 FreshConnect paper coupons from NYS. These paper coupons can and should be accepted for all SNAP eligible items, but are the responsibility of the vendors to redeem via mail. The form for reimbursement can be found here: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2019/03/fcc-redemptionform.pdf

WIC/FMNP Checks cannot be accepted by vendors during Winter months. 

SOCIAL MEDIA/PROMOTION: We post often on Facebook and Instagram and we encourage you to do the same. Please like us on Facebook (Kingston NY Farmers Market) and tag any photos you take! We’re also on instagram (@kingstonfarmersmarket and #kingstonfarmersmarket). 

CONTACT: If you have questions or concerns, please contact Laura Crimmins, Market Manager at 646-262-4672 or info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org. 

Suzanne Flaum is our Site Manager and Food Access Coordinator and will be available on market days, 845-800-0437. 

Thank you!

The Kingston Farmer’s Market

 

 

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