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Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market: 2021 Rules and Guidelines

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The goal of the Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market is to allow local farmers, gardeners, growers, artisans, and crafters to earn extra income by selling locally produced products, arts, and crafts. In addition, the market aims to provide visitors and residents to Swain County an opportunity to buy fresh, quality, and local goods at a fair price. 

Vendor/Seller Primary Location 

Sellers must reside in and produce the items they sell within the following North Carolina counties: 

  • Swain County 
  • Cherokee County 
  • Clay County 
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian (EBCI) 
  • Graham County 
  • Haywood County 
  • Jackson County 
  • Macon County 

Products 

Note: this Products section will be part of both the Terms and Conditions, and part of the application. For the application products which can be sold are listed below. (For the form only, add this sentence: Please indicate which  of the below items you will be selling at the market).

Farmers Products: 

  1. Any vegetable grown by the seller from seeds, sets, or seedlings. 
  2. Any fruits, nuts, or berries grown by the seller from trees, bushes, or vines on the seller’s farm.
  3. Any plant grown by the seller from seed, seedling, transplant, or cutting. 
  4. Cut or dried flowers grown by the seller. 
  5. Bulbs and seeds propagated by the seller. 
  6. Mushrooms grown by the seller. 
  7. Honey produced by the seller’s bees. 
  8. Meat and fish if grown locally and seller has a meat handler licenses. 
  9. Firewood cut by the seller from the seller’s land. 
  10. Straw baled by the seller. 
  11. Eggs produced by the seller’s poultry if: 1) the carton is marked with grower’s name and telephone number and 2) carton states the date the eggs are collected and 3) eggs are kept below 40 degrees F.
  12. Preserves, pickles, relishes, jam, and jellies made by the seller if prepared in an Inspected Kitchen with labeling that meets the State Health Code for Prepared Food. By selecting this option, seller indicates that their goods were prepared in an Inspected Kitchen.* 
  13. Baked goods baked by the seller: Sale of baked goods such as breads, muffins, cakes, pies, and cookies are permitted on a regular basis if prepared in an Inspected Kitchen. By selecting this option, seller indicates that their goods were prepared in an Inspected Kitchen.* 
  14. One-time baked sales: State Health Law permits “one-time sales” of baked goods such as  breads, muffins, pied, cookies and cakes. These are permitted as a one-time sale and applicable to non-profits only.
    * Contact one of NCDA’s compliance officers at 919-733-7366 or visit their website:  https://www.ncagr.gov/fooddrug/food/homebiz.htm to learn more on how to certify your kitchen.
  15. Artisan Products: Artisan products must be handmade by the seller and of artisan quality. 
  1. Ceramics: This category includes all original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
  2. Drawing: This category includes works created using such dry media as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils and wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
  3. Fiber: This category includes all work crafted from fibers including basketry, weaving, leatherwork, and paper making. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist, may be exhibited. 
  4. Glass: This category includes original work created in glass by the artist. Pressed glass and massed production are not permitted. 
  5. Jewelry: This category includes all jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No buy sell, commercial casts or mass produced by another manufacturer, molds, or production studio work allowed. 
  6. Metalwork: This category includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal. No production studio work is allowed. 
  7. Painting: This category includes works created using such materials as oils, acrylics and watercolor. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited editions.
  8. Photography: This category includes photographic prints made from the artist’s original image (film or digital) which have been processed by the artist or under their direct supervision.
  9. Printmaking: This category includes print works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens, which have been signed and numbered as a limited edition. Offset reproductions are not allowed.
  10. Sculpture: This category includes three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
  11. Wood: This category includes original works that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. 

Safety  

  • All food must meet state and local health regulations. 
  • All products sold must be of top quality.
  • No “low-acid” canned foods such as tomatoes, green beans, corn, peas, carrots, etc. may be sold. 
  • Current COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed including wearing of masks, social distancing, and spacing of vendor spaces. Precautions will be determined on current government mandates in effect on the date of each market.

Items Specifically Prohibited 

The following list includes, but is not limited to items prohibited at the market. 

  • NO PRODUCE OR OTHER END PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND MAY BE PURCHASED BY VENDORS  FROM ANOTHER SOURCE FOR RESALE AT THE MARKET. 
  • Upscale vintage/antique quality items will be considered. Products must be changed, altered and made into an item that is uniquely the vendor’s creation. 

Vendor Spaces 

  • Vendors must bring their own tables, tent, chairs or other materials needed to set up.
  • Vendor spaces are 10’ x 10’. 
  • Vendors will secure market tents before the market starts each time. Each leg of the tent must be attached to some style of weights or be staked securely in the ground. The Market Manager will determine if appropriate safety precautions are being met by vendors and may require vendors to take additional action. 
  • All applications will be reviewed by the craft committee and consideration will be given to quality of merchandise as well as establishing a diverse variety of goods. The Market Manager  may limit the number of vendors in any category to ensure a healthy balance for the market.
  • The market will be open rain or shine. 
  • All vendors must be set up and ready to sell by 8:45 a.m. and remain at the market until 2:00 p.m. unless all their products are sold out. 
  • There will be no shared vendor spaces. 
  • Vendors should be in control of anyone extra that comes to market with them, such as children, spouses, pets, or livestock. 
  • No political promotion allowed in the market area, including signs. 
  • Vendors and their entourage are not allowed to smoke within the market area.
  • Vendors are responsible for keeping their area clean and cleaning up after the market. Vendors with items that may generate trash are expected to provide a trash receptacle. 

Attendance 

Vendors should indicate on their application all dates they plan to attend market for the season. They will be sent a confirmation email and will be expected to attend all dates approved. If a vendor cannot attend an approved date, they must provide the Market Manager at least 48 hours’ notice. If a vendor fails to give the proper notice to the Market Manager, the vendor may be suspended from future market dates and/or will be fined $10 for failing to provide for each cancellation or no show when  scheduled to attend the market.

  • Full time
    • Full-time vendors are assigned spaces for the season. 
    • Full-time vendors who miss three markets without at least 48-hour notice will lose their  designated space. If they want to return, they will lose their full-time booth space and  be placed on a rotating booth space as with day vendors. 
    • Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Day vendor 
    • Day vendors are assigned spaces weekly.
    • A day vendor must give at least a 48-hour notice of cancelation. 
    • Day vendors who are absent from two consecutive markets without notification to the Market Manger may only be allowed back as a day vendor if there is extra space.
    • If a full-time vendor is not attending that week, their space will be opened up for an additional day vendor from the list, if there is such, when possible. 
    • Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Market Management 

The Smoky Mountain Farmers and Artisans Market is a collaborative effort between local vendors, Swain County Government, Swain County Tourism Development Authority, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. 

The Market Manager for 2021 is Mike Glover. He can be reached by phone at 828-736-2768 or by email at lmgofish@gmail.com. The Market Manager is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the market Rules and Guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to: assigning spaces to vendors, identifying inappropriate products, signage, maintaining the schedule of hours, and assessing day vendors. 

The Swain County Tourism Development Authority is charged with the responsibility of promoting the market.