2017 “GO FARM” Farmers Market Rules

Greater Ozark Farmers Agricultural Regional Market


Market Purpose: Primary focus of the “GO FARM” Farmers Market is to serve the needs of local producers and consumers by offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, and eggs, locally produced crafts and value added products.

Location: Savor Grill parking lot, 1321 Preacher Roe Blvd, West Plains, MO 65775.

Permits: Applications for vendor space will need to be filed and available spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Missouri residents will be given first preference.

  • Applications can be turned in on or after March 15th of the present growing season year. Spots will begin being assigned March 17. Name, address, phone number, email (if available), vehicle license plate number(s), and a general product list will be required. Also, your permit needs to state the exact month/weeks in which you will be using the market.
  • The cost for a permit will be $35.00 per spot for Ozark Farmer’s Co-op (OFAC) members with a $5.00 per set-up fee. $80.00 for non-co-op members and $10 per set-up fee.
  • Permits must be available and shown when asked for by the Market Manager or representative.
  • No subletting of spaces. Products sold at your space are be listed on your application; you may modify application and submit to market manager at any time.
  • Any vendor reserving a space must plan to attend the market on a regular basis. If a space is empty for a period of three weeks, the assigned vendor may forfeit their spot. We do not want spaces empty week after week. It detracts from the pleasure of shopping at the Market. Once assigned a spot, you cannot change spots without authorization from the Market Manager. Failure to get authorization from the Market Manager could result in the forfeit of your permit.
  • Market manager has spaces reserved for occasional vendors; these spaces will be assigned in order requested. 

Food Safety Workshop: All vendors will be required to attend a four hour Food Safety Workshop within three months of application acceptance, and place the certificate at your space. GO FARM market manage will schedule a Food Safety Workshop.  A small fee will be charged to cover to presenter costs.

Months, Days, Hours of Operation: The “Go Farm” Farmers Market will be held on Wednesdays from 2pm to 7pm, and Saturday from 7am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Set up will be allowed one hour before opening. The “Go Farm” Farmers Market will officially begin on the first Saturday of April and continue until the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Exceptions to this will be if there are enough growers to supply the “Go Farm” Farmers Market year round.

Permitted Items for Sale: We want to have a wide variety of products to offer to consumers. Permitted items can include but not limited to:

  • Any raw vegetable, fruit, plants, honey, molasses, sorghum, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, garlic, spices, grains, herbs, bedding plants, flowers, canned and pickled products, relishes, salsas, and baked goods.
  • High value products such as meat, poultry, and egg products are permitted but need to comply with Missouri State Health Department regulations.
  • Any food given or sold to customers must comply with Missouri State Health Department regulations.
  • Craft items are also allowed but are limited to those actually produced by the vendor.

Restricted Items:

  • Live animals, flea market or yard sale items, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Avon, etc…will not be allowed.
  • Signing, Pricing, and Labeling: Pricing of goods sold at the market is solely the discretion of the seller. Prices should be clearly visible and all vendors are required to advertise truthfully and respond to customer’s questions in regards to the products they are offering for sale. All baked goods, jams, jellies, and canned goods, etc. must comply with the labeling requirements outlined in Missouri State Health Department regulations for home produced food products.
  • Farmers Market Identification: Any vendor who sells produce at the “GO FARM” Farmers Market will provide notice at the Market indicating the location at which the produce was grown. The sign has to be at least eight inches by eleven inches (8”x11”) and posted where it is visible by patrons who come to the Market.

Set-up: Tables, items for sale, canopies, and umbrellas cannot obstruct the driveway, staying within your 10’x10’ space. After unloading and set-up, vehicles must be removed to adjacent streets or parking lots.

  • Vendors may not begin set-up before one hour of market opening.
  • Any Vendor not occupying his/her assigned space within 30 minutes of Market opening will forfeit his/her space for that market day to any awaiting vendor without a previously assigned space as long as they have a permit.

Clean-up: Vendors will be responsible for the cleanliness of their selling area at the end of the market day. The area needs to be kept free of any debris generated by market activity. The public trash cans cannot be used to dispose of empty boxes or unsold products.

Disputes: Vendors should make every attempt to resolve disputes among themselves. In the event that a dispute cannot be resolved, the Market Manager, or representative, will mediate.

  • Any complaint against a vendor must be directed to the attention of the Market Manager.
  • Violations of the market rules will be dealt with by the Market Manager or representative.
  • 3 verbal warnings will be given to any vendor regarding any violation of the rules. Upon the 4th violation, the vendor will be asked to leave the market.
  • Failure to resolve any conflicts will result in the Market Manager making the final decision with no appeal and no re-assignment for the market that year.
  • Your permit can be revoked immediately by the Market Manager in the 1st dispute or violation of these rules without any appeal or reinstatement.
  • There will be no tolerance for one vendor to dispute another vendor’s prices.
  • Zero tolerance for slander in any form of another vendor or the market, be it verbal or social media, there will be immediate dismissal from the Market. Let’s all practice the Golden Rule!

Liability: Vendors and their representatives shall be held solely responsible for knowledge of and compliance with any Missouri Health Department Regulations. If you have any questions, contact Justin Frazier or Dawn Hicks at 417-256-7078. Greater Ozark Farmer’s Agricultural regional Market and Ozark Farmers Agricultural Co-op are released from any and all liability of non-compliance with these regulations.

Members of the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative will have automatic liability insurance. Non-members must show proof of liability insurance.

Disclaimer: Greater Ozark Farmers Agricultural Regional Market (GO FARM), Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative (OFAC), and Savor Grill are not liable for any accidents or injuries etc. happening to vendors or customers.