Farmers’ Market


  1. Objective
    • To provide a place where producers of fresh produce can sell directly to consumers.
    • To make available to consumers locally produced, high quality, fresh produce.
    • To encourage greater producer participation in the direct marketing of produce.
    • To encourage increased production of quality products for local consumption.
  2. Who May Sell
    • Only growers or producers may sell. A grower or producer is any person offering for sale articles such as fruits, honey, vegetables, edible grains, nuts, berries, plants, flowers, arts, crafts, preserves, jellies, jams, or baked goods, such as breads, cookies, or pies (ITEMS WHICH REQUIRE REFRIGERATION MAY NOT BE SOLD) which have been raised, grown, or created by his/herself, members of his/her family, or by persons in his/her employ.
    • Non-producers are not permitted to sell unless specifically approved by the Market Committee on an individual, weekly basis.
    • Shipped-in farm products which cannot be grown or are not in season in Kansas and which are not in competition with local products, may be sold.
    • Sellers must be 18 years of age.
  3. What May Be Sold
    • Fresh agricultural produce, arts and crafts, preserves, jams, jellies, honey, bread, and baked goods such as breads cookies, or pies may be sold. Produce is defined as fruit, vegetables, preserves, honey, bread products, baked goods, flowers, and plants. Produce should be mature but not overripe, void of decay, have good external and internal appearance, and must be clean and free of contamination. Arts and crafts are defined as hand-made arts and crafts.
    • Baked goods which require refrigeration (i.e. cream pies) MAY NOT be sold.
    • Homemade salsa MAY NOT be sold.
    • Meat MAY NOT be sold.
    • Fresh farm eggs may be sold as nest-run (i.e. ungraded). Such eggs must be sold ONLY to household customers. The eggs must be clean and free from checks. If containers are used for the sale of eggs, they MUST either be new or the old labeling must be removed or marked out completely. If you are selling fertilized eggs, you must advise the buyer of this. While farm fresh eggs do not require immediate refrigeration, you should use common sense in this situation. Be prepared to refrigerate or otherwise keep the eggs cool (not frozen) during long, hot markets. Further, you might consider taking orders from consumers. NOTE: the eggs must be from the producer’s (i.e. Seller’s) own flock of hens.
  4. How Produce May Be Sold
    • Produce may be sold by weight, volume or count. If selling by weight, your scales are subject to inspection by the Division of Weights and Measures. Only oil-balance and spring scales (stating “Temperature Compensated”) are certified for trade. Therefore, selling by count or volume may prove to be easier. However, you may want scales to give the customer an idea of the weight of the volume being sold. Such a scale should be marked “For Estimate Only”.
    • Each producer will have the privilege and responsibility to establish prices on his/her own products.
    • Producer should provide containers (i.e. bags/ sacks) for the consumers.
    • Each producer must post a sign in a conspicuous manner in his/her area, identifying the producer by name. Lettering must be clearly legible.
    • All producers should prepare on poster board or cardboard in large print a list of their products and prices, or in some other way indicate the prices of various products.
    • Just as a reminder, be prepared to make change for the customer.
  5. Exchange and Refunds
    • Exchange of produce and/or refunds on produce will be left to the discretion of the producer.
  6. State Taxation
    • Each producer and seller will be responsible for their collection and payment of sales tax.
  7. Schedule
    • The Farmers’ Market will begin the first Friday in May and will run through the last Friday in October.
    • The Market is open Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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