Be a Market Vendor!

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Are you looking for ways for your garden plot to produce a supplemental income or even a full income for your family? Is your business new and you’re looking for a great way to get more exposure? Would you like to see if that hobby you have might make you some money?  Is your organization in need of a fundraiser? The Morrison Farmers’ Market is a great way to accomplish all of these, with little start up costs.

This year’s market begins May 24 and runs through September 27, 2014. The market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., rain or shine, at 204 E. Lincolnway, Morrison, IL (behind the Whiteside County Court Services). The seasonal fee for 2014 is $70.00 per spot for the full season and must be paid in advance with application. Weekly rates are $5 per space and must be paid before set-up. Vendors can download an application from the ABOUT page or call 815-772-3757 and request an application package be mailed.  One evening market will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., downtown Morrison. Fees for the evening market are sponsored by Farmers National Bank.

Vendor Meeting 2014

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Spring is just around the corner and we are making preparations for this year’s Farmers Market. A pre-season meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Odell Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, IL.

Mary Nelson, Ag/Natural Resources Program Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, will discuss Food Safety on the Farm Program and the Ready…Set…Grow Garden Symposium. Karen Real, Food Service Sanitation Certified Instructor, will discuss recent changes to Illinois certification. There will also be information on labeling, sanitation, marketing, display tips, and the Morrison Community Garden. Refreshments will be served.

Full-time vendors who have had spaces at the market in 2013 are encouraged to attend, as they will be able to lock in the same locations and share their thoughts and ideas for this year’s market. New vendors will be able to reserve a location and to learn more about the market. I’ve attached a vendor packet to this email.  Please read over the application and the rules and regulations, as the market committee has made some minor changes, ensuring that the market continues to run efficiently for everyone.

Because of the success of last year, we will start the market up again in May—May 24 and will end the last weekend in September—September 27. We found that there was too much competition in October with other festivals. An evening market is planned for Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in downtown Morrison.

The Market Committee thanks you–the market vendors for making the Morrison Farmers’ Market such a success, and hope you will join us for another great season!

Final Market of the 2013 Season

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Apples and pumpkins and squash…OH MY!   It sure looks and smells like fall at the Morrison Farmers’ Market. In celebration of our last market of the year (I know, can you believe the season is over already) we will have giveaways, drawings, and free pop corn. Sign up to win this awesome canvas bag, great for filling with market produce. Be sure to stock up your freezer with your favorites including Tai cuisine and delicious baked goods and pick up that piece of jewelry or other artisan product that you have been admiring. It’s been a great year and the market committee appreciates your patronage and the support of ALL of the vendors. See you next year!!!