The Seacoast Growers Association is now accepting applications for the 2011 season of outdoor farmers’ markets:
Farmers, Foodies and Artisans: Daydreaming about getting into the sun? Bumper crop in your garden last year? Looking to expand your cottage industry? Consider applying for booth space at one of our five weekly outdoor markets, held from May/June to October/November in Dover, Durham, Exeter, Hampton and Portsmouth. The deadline for new vendor applications is March 1.
Big & Small: If you’re interested in getting into farmers’ markets but aren’t sure you can commit, consider these options: Grow smart: Our weekday markets reach a happy medium of being great business for the vendors who attend, while still affording a somewhat more laid-back pace that’s perfect for businesses new to farmers’ markets. Partner up: Alternating weeks at market with another vendor or sharing booth space is a great way to get into the groove — especially for similar or complimentary businesses. Maintaining your “spot” from week to week keeps the market consistent, which in turn keeps customers happy — and coming back.
New farms are especially encouraged to apply for membership, which must be comprised of 60 percent agricultural, 20 percent craft, and 20 percent prepared food vendors, in accordance with our nonprofit bylaws. This formula keeps the focus of the markets on food — an aspect that organizers hear every year is what marketgoers appreciate.
For more information and applications, please visit www.seacoastgrowers.org.