2019 Crossroads Farmers Market Vendor Application

CROSSROADS FARMERS MARKET - Wednesdays 11am-3pm, April 17th-November 27th, 2019
Takoma/Langley Crossroads @ Anne Street & 1021 University Blvd. Takoma Park, Maryland
Mailing Address: 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 426, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Applicants should be enthusiastic about participating in our programs and serving our diverse customer base. We are looking for vendors who are willing to navigate possible cultural and language barriers in order to ensure good sales from week to week. For example, some shoppers like to bargain, as it is a cultural norm for them. Handling such situations requires both patience and proper signage, especially consistent listings of prices.

We suggest that medium-large sized vendors have at least two workers at their booth, at least 1 of whom can communicate with our majority Spanish-speaking customer base. We can identify a bilingual community member or volunteer to work with you if that would be helpful. Please let Morgan know if you would like to be matched with a community member to work as a sales associate!

Last year, our larger-scale produce vendors averaged $925 per week, small-scale produce vendors averaged $500 a week, and hot prepared food vendors who came every week averaged $1,100.

Because word of mouth is the main promotion tool for our (majority) off-line shopper base, you should expect to have lower than average receipts in the start of the season, and higher than average receipts in July, August and September. Sales traditionally slow down in October and November, but WIC checks are valid until the last day of market, which keeps the market flowing.

We will also offer special events at market such as an Opening Day celebration, a National Sr. Citizens Appreciation Day in August, a Halloween market, and a festive holiday market the day before Thanksgiving!

If Crossroads sounds like a good fit for your business, please fill out the following application!

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Vendor Name(s): *
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Business Name: *
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Mailing Address: *
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Business Phone Number:
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Cell Phone Number: *
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Email Address:
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Please provide up to two physical addresses for your business' primary point(s) of production. No P.O. Boxes, please. Primary Location #1: *
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Primary Location #2:
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What is the best time (before April) for a market manager visit to your production site/facility (day, time of day, month, etc): *
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Requested Stall Space: *
We expect that vendors will off-load their products and then move their vehicles to a nearby location. Does this work for you? *
Vehicle type and length: *
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Which other markets do you sell at (or plan to)? *
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Which other marketing venues do you sell at (or plan to)? *
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Where else would you like to sell in the future? *
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How can Crossroads help you increase number of vendor outlets? *
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If you don't want to increase the number of vendor outlets, why is that? *
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How will this season be different for you? *
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Has your business structure changed? Do you plan to make changes? *
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What is one thing you wish were better or different about your business? *
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Are you growing anything new for market in 2019? If so, what? *
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What are your 3 best items to sell at Crossroads (ie: highest demand)? *
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Will you have more of any products than last year? If so, what? *
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What are your 3 worst items to sell at Crossroads (ie: lowest demand)? Will you continue to bring these items? *
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What products will you have available at Crossroads Farmers Market in 2019: (If you have a crop list, you may either email it to mwiggan@crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org or mail it with your application fee) *
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Do you intend to sell up to 25% of product on behalf of another producer? If so, what products, and who produces them: *
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Do you have any suggestions as to how Crossroads could improve for the 2019 season? *
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Are there any trainings you think Crossroads should offer? *
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What's the best way to communicate with you and your business partners/team? *
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Which of the following best describes the primary operator(s) of your farmers market business (farmers, owners AND marketing associates)? (Please check all that apply):
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