FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Sioux City Farmers Market. 


The main product at the Downtown Farmers Market is locally grown and produced food products.  As the Sioux City Farmers Market grows, the Market will become more attractive to vendors who sell various products.  We are committed to choosing a product mix that is attractive to our customer, meanwhile keeping the balance of our farmers market intact.  It is our goal to insure that at least 80% of products for sale are true farmers’ market products.  This includes locally produced produce, eggs, beef, poultry, fish, elk, buffalo, baked goods, dairy, wine, jams, salsas, cut flowers, perennials, and bedding plants among other locally farm produced and value added products.  We put a premium on products that are sold directly by the producer/grower.  While we recruit and encourage other high quality products, such as prepared food, artwork, crafts, jewelry, and imported items, we balance and limit their availability at our farmers market. Priority will be given to vendors whose business is locally owned in the three-state region and who use products are from participating farms, process the products themselves, and who highlight regional produce and seasonal ingredients.  
As a Farmers Market we focus on local farm food and hand made product while including unique specialty products.  We will strive to maintain a well balanced farmers’ market. 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Where is the Farmers' Market? At the Tyson Events Center Parking Lot, Corner of Pearl Street and TriView Avenue in Downtown Sioux City, IA .

When is the Farmers' Market? Saturday and Wednesday mornings May through October . Set-up at 7:00AM and The Market is open to the public 8:00AM to 1:00PM.

How do I become a Vendor? All interested applicants are required to apply for membership in the Market.  Applications can be downloaded from the web site at www.farmersmarketsiouxcity.com or by emailing siouxcityfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

What type of products will not be considered for inclusion in the Market?  Products that will not be considered include mass produced manufactured products, products that are not crafted, grown, produced or created by the vendor.  There is an exception for food related commercial products such as spices, oils, food preparation equipment, etc. 

How much space do I get? Our spaces are 10 feet wide and approximately 20 feet deep.  In effect, they are the size of a parking spot.  Vendors may reserve multiple contiguous spaces together for an additional cost.   

How much is the fee to participate? Annual fees for a 10 foot space is $400.  Additional spaces are available at a rate of $200 per additional 10 feet. Click here to see our Dues Schedule.

How do I become a Full Season Vendor? Complete a vendor application, sign a vendor regulations agreement, provide insurance certificates (food vendors only) and pay your fees.  Fees are due no less than two weeks prior to your first day vending at the market. 

Is there access to electricity at the Market? Electricity is available at the Sioux City Farmers Market for an additional fee of $60 per year.  No individual generators will be allowed.

Do I need insurance? We require each food vendor to furnish proof of insurance after Market acceptance. 

What kind of licenses/permits do I need? We require each vendor to furnish several documents upon Market acceptance; the completed vendor agreement, certificate of insurance, the necessary licenses and permits. Vendors are required to comply with Iowa Sales Tax law and State Public Health regulations governing the preparation, handling and presentation of food.

Food Permits & Regulations 
Contact Siouxland District Health Environmental Department – (712) 279-6119

Iowa Sales Tax Permits
To apply for a permit, go to www.state.ia.us/tax and then select “apply for a permit”. For Farmer’s Market Tax information, please see http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/31039.pdf. If you have questions, contact Iowa Dept of Revenue at 1 800-367-3388 or IDR@iowa.gov

EBT Wireless Program
Contact Tracy Penick, State of Iowa Dept. of Human Services at (515) 281-5545

How are non-profits able to participate? We have a program for Non-Vendor Exhibitors that will allow food or market related organizations that provide training, education and information.  Non-Vendor Exhibitors may not sell services or products under this category.  Organizations who would like permission to be at The Market on any given day shall apply no less than 48 hours prior to the date that they wish to be at the market. Exhibitors who do not apply for and/or receive permission to locate at The Market will be escorted from The Market premises. 

How are Corporations & Businesses able to participate?  The Sioux City Farmers Market may consider and welcomes requests for sponsorship opportunities from local Corporations/Businesses.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Roger Caudron at rjcaudron@gmail.com 





 
 
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