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History of the Almonte Farmers’ Market

Almonte has a rich tradition of community involvement, and fellowship.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, a thriving traditional Market was located in downtown Almonte, just off Brea St. Vendors would arrive with their horse drawn carriages full of hand-made items, livestock, locally grown foods, and other wares. People would arrive from miles around, and spend the morning, stocking their own carriages with the items they needed, and enjoy fellowship with their neighbours. It was an event not to be missed, and for some, their only trip into town every week.

The current Almonte Farmers’ Market was conceived around the kitchen table of Helen Halpenny in the fall of 1989. Being a Master gardener, Helen knew a few things about growing! A few local farmers met over coffee to discuss bringing together their extra produce and offering it for sale. Their vision of rejuvenating the old Almonte Farmers’ Market as a producer based market lives on, and they laid the ground work for our market today. Soon after, they were approached by Bob Chorney of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which was just starting up at the time. Bob was amazed at how far along in the planning stages the group was. Farmers’ Markets Ontario shared the same producer based ideas and the rest is history. FMO and Agriculture Canada have given our market unfailing support and provided us with signs and other marketing tools, canopies, ideas and help throughout. The Almonte Farmers’ Market has had to adapt and grow to survive in a very competitive market. Large chain grocery stores offering local produce, and an increase in large farm, road side stalls have created challenges for the lazy Saturday morning market. The atmosphere, fellowship, unequaled fresh products and core group of vendors keep this market alive.

The first market was held in the Mississippi Mills Public Library parking lot in 1990, and remains there to this day. It operates from May to October, Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30. Items available include in season fruits and veggies, perennials, and other locally grown items, flowers, baked good, woodworking and other hand crafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, etc.

APPLY

Please review the following list of rules carefully before applying to become a vendor. 

  • The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday of the season. Vendors are expected to be set up for 8:30 a.m. and cannot start breaking down their stall until 12:30 p.m.  Selling goods before 8:30 a.m. is prohibited.
  • Each vendor is responsible for the safety of market patrons.  If a vendor wishes to erect a canopy or umbrella, it must be sufficiently weighted to ensure it does not blow away during high winds.  Vendors are also responsible for the security of displays, signs, cords, etc.  Anyone using gas fueled appliances must have a fire extinguisher on site.  The Almonte Farmers Market is insured through Farmers Markets Ontario, in case of accident.
  • Each vendor is responsible for the cleanup of their stall area at the end of each day.
  • Full time vendors will pay their seasonal fee of $175 at the first market.  Seasonal vendors will pay $25/day to the Treasurer, at the beginning of each market.
  • There is a probation period of 4 weeks for new vendors.  At this point, the Executive shall review the status of each new vendor.  The Executive has the authority to dismiss a vendor at this point, providing reason for their dismissal.  The applicant will receive a reimbursement less $25/day for the days attended.
  • A maximum of two businesses are allowed per stall.  Those sharing a stall will pay an total annual fee of $290.
  • Directors of the Almonte Farmers Market have the right to inspect the premise of each applicant.
  • Vendors are not allowed to smoke at their stall.
  • We are a producer based market.  This means that the producer(s) must be present at market.  This means that employees, friends, relatives are not allowed to vend on behalf of the producer(s).  Exceptions will be made for sickness, special occasions or other extenuating circumstances.
  • A vendor can only re-sell farm goods (i.e fruit, honey, syrup) if no other vendor at the market has the same goods of their own for sale. If re-selling, the goods being sold must be purchased directly from the producer. Crafts and non-perishable items (excluding honey) cannot be re-sold.
  • Returning vendors must commit to their attendance in the upcoming market season by February 28.

Code of Conduct:

All produce, crafts, horticultural products and all other products being offered for sale have been produced by them within 100 km of the Almonte Farmers’ Market. This warranty is a condition precedent for the acceptance of any vendor.    

The Almonte Farmers’ Market holds a Basket Draw once a month.  Vendors each donate an item of their choice, or a voucher to be redeemed at their stall, to go into the basket.

“Market Bucks”, issued by Lanark Local Flavour, are accepted at the Almonte Farmers’ Market.  These are vouchers worth $5.  Vendors accept these Bucks as cash.  At the end of the day, any vendor who has received a Market Buck will trade in their coupons for cash through the Treasurer.

Vendors are expected to show up at market on a consistent basis.  Vendors are expected to give as much notice as possible, if they are going to be absent.   Regular absences may result in that vendor not returning in the following season.

No vendor or patron of the Almonte Farmers’ Market will be subject to harassment, threatening or inappropriate behaviour of any kind. Participants in this behaviour will be given a written warning. If the behaviour continues, that person will be asked to leave the market and not return.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor please download this AFMVendorApplication2017 and send it to info@almontefarmersmarket.com

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