On Becoming a Vendor
The market is self-governing and operates under rules and by-laws
established by the membership. We have a membership committee, whose
responsibility is to keep a file of people interested in selling at
the market and to make recommendations in the event of a vacancy.
Usually, the committee recommends three potential vendors. Then at the
annual general meeting of all vendors, one of the three is selected.
This is done by secret ballot -- one vote per farm.
We have only
enough room to accommodate 23 vendors. But I would encourage anyone
interested in participating in the market to submit a letter of
interest so that you may be considered in the event of a vacancy. It
is rare that a vacancy occurs during the regular market season (from
April to December) but it has happened.
You may give the letter to
the president of our board or to Dave Hochheimer at the Black Rock Orchard stand, or you may mail it to Dave Hochheimer at the following address:
Black Rock Orchard,
5400 N. Church St.
Lineboro, MD 21102
The winter market operates under slightly different
rules and does admit some vendors who are not part of the regular
market. If you are interested in participating in next year's winter
market send us a letter at the above address or contact Dave
Hochheimer of Black Rock Orchard.
One other point: The Takoma Park market is a producer-only market.
Everyone who sells there must produce everything they sell. No
exceptions, summer or winter. Also, the market is restricted to food
and plants. We do not allow crafts or other non-food products to be sold.