About

Winter Farmers Market, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Fresh winter produce, artisan breads and pastries, locally raised tilapia and hydroponic lettuce, handmade soaps, lotions and crafts, and even bright red tomatoes! These are just some of the products we’ll have at the Winter Farmers Market in Oak Ridge.

When: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s School Gym, 323 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge TN.

Months: Open December | January | February (closed Dec. 23 & 30) 

APPLY TO BE A VENDOR

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Enter today to win $20 Market Dollars on Opening Day, Dec. 2, 2017!

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Become a Vendor

Do you make it, bake it, or grow it?

Grow Oak Ridge is looking for high quality vendors who make, bake or grow what they  sell, within a 150-mile radius of Oak Ridge.

Please read our Vendor Handbook before applying. 

We are looking for three types of vendors: Agricultural, Artisan Crafts, and Prepared Foods.

Online Applications will begin in late August 2017. Early bird special, $20 registration fee, if paid by Oct. 15. After that, registration fee is $30 for the season.

As a vendor, you will receive:

  • Assigned 10X10 foot spaces, in the gym at St. Mary’s School, Oak Ridge, 323 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge. This is a lovely, spacious, well-lighted room. All vendors will be together in the gym.
  • Dedicated Market Manager, who is not a vendor.
  • Low weekly flat fee, no commission fee.
  • Market-wide “Market Money” token program for customers with Debit/Credit/EBT cards, helping you sell more. This is FREE for vendors, and you will be reimbursed, so we require vendors to participate.
  • Thorough advertising of the market with weekly email, social media, newspaper ads. “Booth Booster” ads will be available for $5/week, if you would like extra marketing.

FEES

  • Registration fee, $20 if you pay by Oct. 15, 2017. After that, it rises to $30.
  • Daily 10×10 booth fees:  $10 for farmers; $15 for artisan craft vendors; $20 for prepared food vendors. Each indoor spot is 10×10. Extra spaces are $5 each. There is room for up to two food trucks per week outside.
  • Whole Season Discount – Pay for 10 weeks and get the 11th for free.
  • Try it once fee: $25. First-time vendors only. This fee can be applied to the season registration if you pay for the remainder of registration and at least two weeks after that, by close of business on your “try it” day.
  • All fees are non-refundable, for any reason. However, If you notify us at least ONE WEEK in advance, you may transfer a previously paid fee to another date.   Absent vendors who do not give one week’s notice will not have their fees transferred or refunded. No exceptions.
  • Do I have to attend every market?  No, just select the dates you want in your application. You may change them by emailing us one week in advance.

Sponsor the Winter Farmers Market

Local Businesses may sponsor the Winter Farmers Market, helping to strengthen local agriculture while also promoting your own business.

Contact the Market Manager for more information. 

Weekly Business Sponsor $40

Set up a booth, promote your business, and sell merchandise not offered by farmers and crafters.  You will be listed in our weekly email as the Business Sponsor for the day. Items must fit within the framework of a healthy local economy and be approved by the market manager. Contact Us.

Weekly Kids Club Sponsor  $40

Provide materials for one Kids Club, get your name in the weekly email to 500 customers, and set up a booth to promote your organization. You will be listed in the weekly email newsletter, and may sell products not offered by farmers and artisans, so long as they fit within the framework of a healthy local economy. Contact Us.

Seasonal Sponsor – $500 – Sponsor our Kids Club at the Winter Farmers Market for the whole season, reaching a total of 200 children in Oak Ridge, and focusing on nutrition education, farming education, and fostering positive connections between families and the local agriculture economy. Name and logo displayed on the Kids Club sign, Grow Oak Ridge website and weekly emails. You may set up a booth each week and sell items approved not sold by farmers or artisans, as approved by the manager. Items must fit within the framework of a healthy local economy. Contact Us.

Nonprofits may provide programming for the Kids Club for a week with prior manager approval, at no charge, and promote your group as well. Organizations must be approved by our host church, St. Mary’s. 

 

 

 

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SNAP/Market Money


Cash, credit, debit and SNAP/EBT

All our vendors take cash. Many take debit and credit cards. A few take EBT cards as well.

Forgot your cash? – You may scan your debit, credit or EBT card at the Welcome Desk to receive “Market Dollars,” which spend like cash in the market.

GREEN Tokens

Receive this when you scan your debit or credit cards. There is a 3% scan fee. You may receive cash change for green tokens, and they can be used to purchase anything in the market. Vendors get reimbursed at the end of the day.

RED Tokens –

Receive these when you scan your EBT / SNAP benefit cards. No scan fee. You cannot get cash change for these.  Red tokens are only valid on SNAP approved items (farm products, food bearing plants, and packaged foods). Vendors get reimbursed the next week.
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