The mission of South Park’s Market on Wheels is to provide fresh and healthy
food options to South Park while promoting a local economy and strengthening
community. Market on Wheels is committed to bridging language and cultural
barriers in South Park by creating a truly multicultural and bilingual market.
The Market on Wheels will achieve the following:
- Provide access to fresh, affordable food for South Park residents
- Allow South Park residents to buy and sell goods that are grown or made
in their neighborhood
- Provide additional sources of income for South Park residents
- Create opportunities for South Park residents to learn about business development
- Support local businesses in or near South Park
- Promote a sense of community within the neighborhood
- Bridge cultural gaps between the many ethnic groups within and outside
of South Park
- Provide an additional venue for local farmers to sell their goods
- Contribute to the revitalization of South Park as a vibrant, healthy community
Who We Are
The current organizational structure for the Market on Wheels is the South Park Farmers Market Association (SPFMA) Steering Committee, which is mostly comprised of South Park residents, but also includes local activists, business people and residents from other neighborhoods. All members of the Steering Committee have volunteered their time to help launch the Market on Wheels as a means of creating a reliable source of fresh, affordable food in South Park. As such, the committee members are passionate and committed to seeing the Market succeed, and their leadership will be
critical to the ongoing success of the venture.
VENDOR EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Each vendor is responsible for providing and removing any and all equipment and supplies he or she requires for doing business on the Market site. This includes signs, tables, chairs, products and equipment utilized for clean-up purposes. Neither SPMOWA nor the market’s location property owner is responsible for the damage of any vendor goods or property.
All signs must remain within the allotted vendor’s exhibit space and must not block traffic
or pedestrian walkways, or interfere with other vendors’ display or views.
Market management has full authority to assign exhibit space. Requests for particular sites
will be given consideration but management reserves the right to assign and locate all
vendors. Stall space will be assigned on the morning of the market. All efforts will be made
by market management to maintain space continuity for vendors.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Market shall operate on Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All vendors must remain
at the Market site until the 4:00 pm closing, and must vacate the Market site by 5:00 pm.
This is to ensure that the market does not appear “empty” and detract customers.
SET-UP, CLEAN-UP AND BREAKDOWN
Set-up starts at 9:00 am and must be completed by 9:45 am. Vendors are responsible
for removing all garbage from their stall space area. Stall spaces are to be left in the same
condition as when rented. Breakdown starts at 4:00 pm and must be completed with stalls
vacated, by 5:00 pm.
All vendors must display their permit pass in order to occupy a stall site. Permits shall remain on display during Market hours. Vendors must check in with the market manager in the morning and the booth fee will be collected at that time.
VEHICLES AND PRODUCT DISPLAY
Vehicles shall not be utilized as a display or dispensing area for Market goods unless it is a
refrigerated unit for perishable items. No vehicle may remain running during Market hours
other than for purposes of refrigeration of product. In the case of a vehicle running at the
market for refrigeration, market management must be informed prior to the day of the
market. Food product displays should be covered with a tarp, fabric, or equivalent. The use
of canopies, awning and sun-umbrellas is encouraged but not required. Each vendor must
have a sign which states the name of their business. Space for vehicles within the market
site is limited. Market management reserves the right to prohibit any and all vendors from
leaving a vehicle in the market site during market hours. Market management will work
with vendors to find appropriate off-site parking.
PERMITTED MARKET ITEMS
Fresh produce, plant items, flowers, baked goods, jellies, jams, preserves, and other
non-commercial food items may be sold. A limited number of spaces may be made
available for the commercial sale of items deemed useful to the neighborhood South Park
as determined by the Market Manager. Arts and crafted items are also allowed. 2010 allows also bringing in used items in a flea market style for selling. These can be permanent booths or even drop-in vendors. The Market Manager will resolve any doubt as to the suitability of an item. No soliciting or political activities shall be permitted within the Market area. Displays of public interest, such as nutritional, health or consumer information, may be displayed with the permission of the Market Manager. All food
products must be sold, displayed and stored from a surface above the ground. Food vendors must utilize tables, shelves, cases or other structures for these purposes.
Use of the phrase “organic” in produce sales shall be regulated according to the Washington
State Department of Agriculture regulations. Vendors may describe the practices used to
grow products, such as “no pesticides used”, but must have an organic certification from
the Department of Agriculture to label their products “organic”.
Stall spaces are $15 for a 10 x 10 space, $20 with electricity is available. Vendors must pre-pay their fee to the market manager by 9:30 am on each Market day. All fees will go directly to covering market costs. Participants of the Community Gardens Program, neighborhood resident vendors and neighborhood community service programs may be allowed to share stalls if product quantity does not require a full stall. Vendors must consult with market management before sharing stalls.
Shared fees may be negotiated with market management. All vendors must hold the
proper required business licenses and meet Health Department regulations.
WEATHER AND MARKET CANCELLATION
Market will generally not be canceled due to inclement weather. Should vendors have
concerns about market closure or other issues they may contact the Market Manager.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS
All vendors of food products must follow Health Department regulations. Vendors
should be advised that food sampling and sale of prepared foods require additional
Health Code specifications. Vendors are required to obtain their own health department
permits if applicable. Vendors may see market management for more detailed information
about health codes or call (206) 296-4708 for information on permits, registration and
requirements. Market management reserves the right to deny market space to vendors
who do not meet health code requirements.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
The sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the market site is prohibited. The unlawful possession or use of illegal drugs and/ or alcohol on the Market site will not be tolerated.
ANIMALS IN THE MARKET
Pets will be allowed in the market as long as they behave and do not cause any problems. If your pet is causing a problem, you will be asked to remove your animal from the premises.
ENFORCEMENT OF RULES
The Market Manager is responsible for enforcing the Market rules. Possible violations
will be discussed and resolution attempted. Vendors selling prohibited items will be asked
to remove those items from sale or leave the Market. Unresolved problems will be referred
to the Market Board. Continued violations will result in being banned from the Market with
no reimbursement of fees paid. Any illegal activity at the Market site will be reported to law
enforcement by the market manager.
Any vendor challenging another vendor’s product’s legitimacy or conduct must file a written
complaint with the Market Manager, giving the name of the vendor and the product or
situation they feel may not be in compliance with Market policies. The complainant must
date and sign their name to the complaint and the Market Manager will attempt resolution.
If resolution is not possible, the complaint will be referred to the Market Board.
Price of goods sold at the market and any necessary taxes are the sole responsibility of the
Vendors are encouraged to consider obtaining individual liability insurance for products sold.
Market on Wheels holds event liability insurance.
Vendors are responsible for collecting and remitting their own sales tax. Vendors are
responsible for all permits required by Washington, King County or the City of Seattle
to sell their products. Market management may have information on how to obtain such
permits. Printed materials and petitions, political or otherwise must be approved by the
Market Manager. All rules may be revised by the decision of the Market Board and are
subject to change. Market organizers will notify vendors of any revisions to the rules.