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FORWARD FARMERS MARKET VENDOR RULES AND REGULATIONS

Welcome to Forward Farmers Market’s 2024 season! Our expanded Farmers Market will relocate ALL market days to the brand new Colin Powell Academy! We are excited by this opportunity to grow with you, our vendor family, and the community. Forward Farmers Market will also add more market days to expand your sales opportunities. We are  inviting more hard-working and talented local vendors than ever before to promote more foot-traffic!

So plan your schedule to join us:

Location:
Colin Powell Academy parking lot, 12200 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington;  just off Rt. 210 on East Swan Creek Rd & Fort Washington Rd.

Dates:
2nd and 4th Saturdays, May through October 2024
 

  • May 11 and 25

  • June 8 and 22

  • July 13 and 27

  • August 10 and 24

  • Sept 14 and 28

  • Oct 12 and 26


Times:
Open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm

Vendors will have an hour before and after public hours to set up, break down and clean up your vending spaces.

Vendor fees:

  • Rate for a 10x10’ single space remains the same at $30 per market day.

  • Expansion spaces are half-price at $15 daily per additional 10x10’ adjacent area.

  • Expansion spaces MUST be indicated on your application, or request made to the Market Manager PRIOR to completion of our 2024 vendor map.

  • NEW: Promotional Marketing of vendors and individual vendor promo and profiles with photos and videos are INCLUDED in your vendor space fee.

  • NEW: Any Vendor Training offered by Forward Farmers Market will also be INCLUDED, free of charge to Forward Farmers Market vendors.

  • Vendor fees must be paid to “Fort Washington Forward, Inc.” preferably at time of application. Contact Market Manager Pat Wilson at farmersmarket@fwforward.org

  • for additional payment options. Checks can be mailed by Apr. 1st to: Fort Washington Forward, Inc, 938 E. Swan Creek Rd #123, Fort Washington, MD 20744. 

  • Equipment is not provided by Forward Farmers Market. Vendors will supply their own tents, tables, signs and display paraphernalia. 

  • Vendor Site Assignments will be made by the Market Manager. Farm and Cottage Food vendors will be given priority placement due to the nature of their products. Vendor sites are assigned by type of vendor (farm, cottage food, arts/crafts, food trucks) and order of applications are received. 

  • All vendors will sign in at the Market Manager’s tent upon arrival. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Vendors may offload their goods near their spaces & then relocate vehicles to designated areas outside of the Market zone. Consideration of Farm and Food trucks will be made for ease of conducting business and public safety. All other vehicles will park in a separate designated area.

  • All vendor absences will be noted. Vendors must report anticipated absences no less than 3 days prior Market Day so the vacancy may be filled by a wait-listed vendor. Unreported absences will result in a negative review, more than 1 unreported absence may result in disqualification to participate. Vendors may find a substitute vendor, with approval of the Market Manager, to avoid an ‘Absent’ notation.

  • Force Majeure events, including severe weather, natural disaster, acts of violence or any threat to public safety may require the cancellation or closure of the farmers market. In all cases, the Market Manager is the deciding authority to cancel. All vendors will be notified by phone & email for advance cancellations. In the unlikely event that the site must be abandoned or evacuated, please follow the instructions of our Safety and Compliance Team.

  • Damages: Forward Farmers Market (FFM) and Fort Washington Forward, Inc.(FWF) are not responsible for damage, loss or theft of items. All FFM participants attend this event at their own risk. FFM and FWF are not liable for injury to person or property. Accidents or injuries MUST be reported immediately to the Farmers Market Manager.

  • By submitting your application, you agree to these rules and the regulations set forth by all governing bodies. You agree to only sell products that are approved for Farmers Markets under regulations of Maryland Dept of Agriculture and Prince George’s County. You agree that the Forward Farmers Market Manager and/or the Farmers Market Committee has the right and authority to review and reject any and all items being offered for sale that we deem unsafe, do not meet USDA regs for food safety, or Farmers Market product qualifications. You also agree that Fort Washington Forward Inc has the right to take and publish photos and images from our Forward Farmers Market on Social Media Platforms for the purpose of marketing and promotion.

Market Rules

  • All vendors are required by Prince George’s County to have a General Liability Insurance Policy naming Fort Washington Forward, Inc. as your covered event, with a minimum of $500,000 coverage. You can usually get this insurance as a rider to your homeowners or vehicle insurance policy. For food vendors, the Food Liability Insurance Program (www.fliprogram.com) offers low-cost coverage for small food businesses. This information is presented as a source, not an endorsement by Fort Washington Forward, the Forward Farmers Market or its staff. ** Deadline: April 15, 2024.

  • Prince George’s County requires all Farm and Food vendors to have current permits for the 2024 Farmers Market season. This includes Food Trucks, mobile units and food prepared on-site, & does not include Cottage Food vendors. Deadline: April 15, 2024.

  • Vendors are responsible for collecting and reporting appropriate Maryland Sales Tax.

  • All vendors must be set up by 9 a.m. You may arrive at 8 a.m. to set up your stall.

  • All vendors are responsible for keeping the area around their stall safe from trip-and-fall & tipping hazards, clean and free of debris. All trash must be removed by 2 pm.

  • All tents must meet PGC Fire Safety code and have 25lb weights per leg.

  • Generators are only permitted if they are ungrounded. Fuel must be stored in regulated containers.

  • Signage is required relating to your products or business. Product pricing must be visible. A sign of your business’ name helps create repeat customers.

  • All farm products must be grown, grazed, made or assembled in Maryland.

  • Farm Produce vendors must offer fresh, local produce and live plants grown in Maryland.

  • Cut flowers must be grown and arranged by the vendor.

  • Meat Vendors may only sell products processed at USDA inspected facilities.

  • Egg Vendors are required to have a Maryland Egg Law license to sell eggs. Eggs will be transported and sold per all federal, state and local regulations.

  • Cottage Food vendors must meet Maryland Department of Agriculture food-prep requirements. All foods are prepared in their own kitchens & must have labels indicating all ingredients used and the name/address of the preparer.

  • Wineries and Breweries must be licensed to sell alcohol and will sell only sealed bottles, containers or cases of their products. Sales of open beverages containing alcohol are prohibited.

  • Arts & Crafts, Book sellers & Face painters will offer only products they create. Original works must be made by the vendor, with preference given to local creators.

  • Sale of Commercially Manufactured or resale items such as factory made clothing, mass produced toys, commercially produced home goods is prohibited.

  • Sales of livestock or other animals at Forward Farmers Market is prohibited.

  • Sales of firearms, look-alikes, parts and accessories, and all ammunition is prohibited.

 

Indemnification: The Forward Farmers Market, presented by Fort Washington Forward Inc. and hosted by the new Colin Powell Academy, is a community and family event. We strive to create an event which reflects the spirit of the community. Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the FFM staff and volunteers, FWF, its officers, directors, volunteers and sponsors from any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys fees, property damages, personal injuries, loss or taxes related to the Farmers Market, unless such loss or injury is the direct result of negligence on the part of FWF, its officers, directors, volunteers or sponsors assume no liability for loss of or damage to vendors’ property.

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