All vendor spaces have been reserved for the 2024 season. However, it may be possible to still become a vendor on a fill-in basis when a reserved space is open. Please note that we do not allow “drop-in” vendors.
Selection Process: The goal of the market is to offer a diverse product mix of the highest quality to ensure all vendors can be successful. All products must be produced/made by the vendor. Third party selling is not allowed. Preference is based on the following:
1) Returning vendors
2) Vendors with farm produce, dairy, meats, canned goods and
3) Other food products that are unique and high quality
4) Arts/Crafts and non-food products that are not a duplication of
something already being sold.
5) Vendors from the Park Rapids area
If you are interested, please send your contact information and a description of your products to email@example.com. We appreciate everyone’s interest and we will get back to you.
Fees & Hours: The market opens the Saturday of Memorial weekend and goes through September. Hours are 9:00 am-1:00 pm. The fee for a seasonal space is $125. This entitles a vendor to sell at every Saturday market. Cost for a “fill-in” vendor is $25 per Saturday, up to the seasonal fee of $125.
Space Set-Up: All spaces are 10’ x 10’ in size. A canopy is required for selling and it must be weighted with 35 lb. leg weights or bolted to the ground. Vendors assume full responsibility for any injury or damage that may occur from failure to properly secure canopies or other items. Power is not available and the use of generators is not allowed without special permission.
Cottage Food Laws: Vendors are responsible for following the MDA cottage food laws. Please make sure your cottage food registration has been completed and current. Here is the link for further information: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/food-feed/cottage-food-law-guidance
Sales Tax: If applicable, vendors are responsible for collecting and paying their own sales tax.
SNAP/EBT/Hunger Solutions and POP: For those vendors with qualifying food products, the market accepts EBT cards to encourage customers with SNAP benefits to shop the market. We also operate the Power of Produce Program (POP) supported by Itasca Mantrap and St. Joseph’s Health. Vendors are reimbursed at the end of the day for any sales with these programs.
Advertising and Social Media: The market has a presence on Facebook and advertises sometimes with other social media, print, and radio. We are also members of the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association. All vendors are encouraged to list their vendor information on our directory website: parkrapidsfm.com.
Weather: The market is open rain or shine. It is up to each vendor to decide if they want to set up if the weather may be severe.