Where is the market located, which day and what are the hours?
The market is located in historic downtown Englewood at 300 Dearborn Street, Englewood, Florida 34223. The market takes place every Thursday from first week of October through the end of May except Thanksgiving from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Why isn’t the market on a weekend?
In order to attract the best vendors in our region, we needed to pick a week day. The best and most popular vendors are already committed to other regional farmers markets during the weekend.
Isn’t a weekday market inconvenient for those who are working?
We know that a weekday presents challenges so we planned our hours to cross what would be the lunch break for most of our hard working folks in the community. We hope you’ll be able to shop and grab a quick and delicious lunch on Dearborn Street. Or bring your brown bag lunch, have seat and listen to our live performing musicians during your shopping trip!
Is the Englewood Farmers Market a non-profit organization?
Our farmers market is a not for profit enterprise operating as a chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc. which is a federally qualified 501(c)3 independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the parks, recreation areas and natural resources. The Englewood Farmers Market donates their proceeds after operating costs to community non-profit organizations that add value to the quality of life for the residents of our local community.
How can I volunteer with the Englewood Farmers Market?
I’m so glad you asked! Our organization has many opportunities for potential volunteers. Some of types of jobs where community members are needed are: 1. Site setup before the market which includes hanging banners, laying out the vendor booths and setting out our flags, 2. Staffing our booth during the market requiring assisting in setting up our tent and tables and being available to answer questions, hand out literature and sales for our EFM logo products, 3. Participating in our marketing and public relations efforts through the delivery of flyers, community outreach to various organizations in our region, and 4. Assisting with the organizing and filing for the market’s survey and other data collection activities.
How do I contact the Englewood Farmers Market?
How can vendors participate in the market?
Upon visiting our website at www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org, look on the right site of the page and locate the green box with the orange button that reads: “Download Vendor Forms Here”. From the drop down menu, select to download a vendor application. After completing the vendor application, you may scan it and return via e-mail or by mail to the address located on the application. You may also contact us by phone (941) 445-9209 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
How are vendors selected for the market?
The EFM organization has selected a review committee who reviews each application. Authenticity and quality of product, vendor experience, and community desirability are key elements in the decision-making process. The main focus of the market is fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, flowers and products that support the farm to table culinary movement such as spices and cooking oils. The vast majority of these products would not be available through local retail outlets. The committee looks closely for diversity in our product availability while avoiding unnecessary duplication.
Do vendors need licenses and/or permits?
Depending on the type of product that the vendor chooses to sell, they each need to have the required state and/or county permits and licenses. Some vendors are required to have refrigeration and portable sinks where specific food handling is performed. If sales tax is collected then a Sarasota sales tax certificate is required. The best resources for what is required is the Florida agricultural department which can be contacted @ www.florida-agriculture.com and the Sarasota tax office which can be contacted @ www.sarasotataxcollector.com
Do vendors need insurance?
Yes. Each vendor is required to have liability insurance. You must add Sarasota County and the Friends of Sarasota County Parks as an additional insured and certificate holders. The legal entities for the Englewood Farmers Market for liability insurance are as follows:
Sarasota County Government Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Attn: Risk Management 234 Nippino Trail E, unit 101
1660 Ringling Blvd., 3rd Floor Nokomis, FL 34275
Sarasota, FL 34236