Product Classifications and Guidelines
All products sold at MFM will primarily consist of locally grown agricultural products and hand-made artisan crafts. This may consist of products grown or raised by vendors, or grown and processed by vendors. All food products must be grown or raised by the vendor, with the exception of prepared and ready to eat foods that have been processed by local vendors with proper licensure and approved by consensus by the Monroe Farmers Market Committee. Food vendors must be located within a 50-mile radius of the market site to vend at MFM. Non-food Value added farm products and artisan goods are eligible to be sold if they have been made within a 30-mile radius of Monroe.
A vendor outside these radiuses with a product not currently represented at the market may apply and be approved by the Committee with the understanding that if the product becomes available at equal quality within the 50-mile radius, they will be able to finish the season but may not be approved for the next year. All vendors must be reviewed in the annual re-application process and approved by the committee, even those in good standing from previous seasons.
Vendors are responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses, permits, certifications and insurance, of which a copy will need to be provided with application.
Vendors are encouraged to obtain general liability insurance and are required to do so if potentially hazardous foods, as defined in OAR 603- 25-010(22), are sold. Eggs are included in this definition. All processed food vendors are required to carry such insurance. A
ll products offered for sale at VDFM sites will comply with state and federal standards governing weight, packaging, and display and labeling. Vendors shall learn and follow Farmers’ Market Guidelines issued by the food safety division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has developed Farmers’ Market food safety guidelines to assist in the sanitary operation of the state’s markets. These include information on processed product facilities licensing, hazardous food processed product facilities licensing, hazardous food handling & safe sampling information.
To obtain a copy, go to https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/marketaccess/pages/aboutmac.aspx