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Buy Local, Eat Fresh!

Downtown Franklin Community Farmers Market


Farmers/Growers to sell locally grown and/or produced fruit, vegetables, honey, preserves, baked goods, flowers, maple syrup, soaps and properly labeled cottage food production products.

Although dates for 2018 haven't been finalized, the market traditionally runs every Saturday between June and  September.

Are you interested in becoming a vendor?  You should know we want you to join us!

We have made it as easy as possible but you may have some questions.  Please take a moment to review the most commonly asked questions below.

Special Opportunity for Arts & Craft Vendors and Prepared Food Vendors.

 Download Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (or see below).

Sponsored by: The City of Franklin & The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

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  • What can I sell at the farmers market?

    Fresh, unprocessed fruits or vegetables; properly labeled maple syrup, sorghum or honey; properly labeled products of a cottage food production operation (jams, jellies, fruit butters, granola, dry baking mixes; spices, dry rubs, etc.); plants, fresh-cut herbs or fresh-cut flowers; dried gourds, dried herbs or dried flowers; baked goods (if they require temperature control, may need a MRFE/RFE license); eggs, meats and dairy products (requires a MRFE/RFE license); handmade items such as soaps, lotions, candles, etc.  No wholesale produce sales, no retail sales, no live animal sales, no garage sale or flea market items, no brokers, resellers or commercial producers.  We will also be adding a very limited number of arts and crafts vendors this year, who may sell handmade arts and crafts items (handmade jewelry, pottery, textiles, etc.).
  • What is a “cottage food production operation”?

    A person who, in the person’s home, produces non-hazardous food items, including bakery products (cakes, cookies, breads, etc.) that do not require temperature control; jams, jellies and fruit butters; candy; dry tea and roasted coffee; dry herbs and herb blends; pizzelles and waffle cones; granola and granola bars; baked, unfilled doughnuts; popped popcorn, plain or flavored; cereal/nut snack mixes; dry baking mixes.  Acidified foods, low-acid canned foods, vacuum-packaged foods or potentially hazardous foods (examples include food that requires temperature control such as raw or cooked animal products, custards, cream pies, etc.) are not permitted as cottage food items.

  • What if I want to sell a food item that does not qualify as a cottage food production?

    You may have to obtain a Retail Food Establishment (RFE) license or a Mobile Retail Food Establishment (MRFE) license from your local Board of Health.  Any vendor selling food items not listed in question one, above, including prepared and ready-to-eat foods that are not pre-packaged and shelf-stable; poultry from a flock of 1,000 chickens or less; eggs from a flock of 500 hens or less; or who wishes to sell any other potentially hazardous food item (e.g., raw meat, cheese, cream pies, etc.) will need to be licensed as an RFE or MRFE.  Please see the Warren County Combined Health District website (Fact Sheets) for more details or contact your local health department.
  • What if I want to sell homemade cosmetics, lotions, skincare or dietary supplements (including herbal supplements)?

    Dietary supplements include any vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals that are intended for ingestion in pill, capsule, tablet or liquid form.  The sale of dietary  or herbal supplements is not permitted at the Farmers Market.  Cosmetics include lotions, salves, lip balms, skin creams, scrubs, shampoos or any other article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the body, except for soap.  Thus, homemade cosmetics, lotions or other skincare items may be permitted at the Farmers Market, but you must comply with the FDA’s regulations on labeling for cosmetic items other than soap.  If you make any health claims about your products (such as “treats chapped lips” or “reduces fine lines”), your product may be considered a drug by the FDA.  Please contact your local board of health for more information.

  • What does “properly labeled” mean?

    Each unit of food (other than fruits and vegetables), bar of soap or cosmetic unit must have a label which includes the following information: Name of product; Net quantity/weight; Ingredient List, listed in descending order of predominance by weight; Name and Address of Business/Individual who made the product; the following statement, in at least 10-point type, THIS PRODUCT IS HOME PRODUCED.  Nutritional information is only required if you make an nutrient content claims (e.g., low-fat, salt-free) or health claims; then, the product must bear all required nutritional information in the form of the a Nutrition Facts panel.   See the FDA’s website for information on nutritional labeling.

  • Am I subject to any regulations for selling items at the farmers market?

    Yes.  You must abide by the Downtown Franklin Farmers Market regulations (see insert).  In addition, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which regulates farmers markets, might inspect your items to assure they are properly labeled.  If you need or already have a MFRE/RFE license, you are subject to inspection by the Warren County Combined Health District.

  • Do I have to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to sell items at a farmers market?

    No.  Individual vendors at the Farmers Market do not need to register with the ODA.
  • Can I sell items by weight, for example, one pound of potatoes for $5?

    Yes, but to do so you must have scales that have been inspected and approved by the Ohio Division of Weights and Measures.  This is your individual responsibility as a vendor.  You could weigh out several 1 lb. bags of potatoes at home, and then sell them as “1 bag for $5”; however, if you mention the weight of the bag, you must have inspected and approved scales.  Please contact your local County Auditor regarding inspection and approval of weights.
  • Do I have to have insurance to sell items at the farmers market?

    Product liability insurance is recommended, and in most cases, you may already be covered by your homeowner’s policy.  Please check with your insurance agent.  The City’s insurance will cover any accidents that might happen to a buyer while at the Farmers Market, such as a trip-and-fall, but it will not cover any buyer’s claims based on the items you are selling.  In other words, the City’s insurance does not provide coverage for you for the items you sell.  Thus, it might be wise to have your own insurance.

  • Will there be electricity available at the farmers market?

    Yes, but availability and amps are limited.  Please be sure to indicate on your application if you have need for electricity.

  • Will there be running water and restrooms available at the farmers market?

    No running water will be available outside, but we will be providing restrooms with sinks for hand washing to the vendors.

  • Will tables, canopies or chairs be provided?

    No.  Vendors must bring their own tables canopies and chairs, but these items are not required. 
  • Is there any charge to sell at the farmers market?

    No.  There is no charge for a space, but you must register with the Downtown Franklin Farmers Market Committee and be approved as a vendor before you can sell any items at the Farmers Market.  Applications are available above or at the City Building, 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin, Ohio 45005.
  • What kind of commitment is required?

    The Market will run from June 4th to September 24th.  That is 17 Market Saturdays, and we ask that you commit to being with us every Saturday for the 2016 season; however, you will be allowed to miss Market days with the prior approval of the DFFM Committee.  We ask that miss no more than 4 Market days.  (See paragraphs 18 and 19 of the Rules and Regulations).

  • Still have questions?

    Please Contact the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and (937) 746-8457 or  Download your Vendors Application by Clicking HERE.

    Here are some helpful links:

    Ohio Department of Agriculture

    Cottage Food Regulations       
    Cottage Foods - Labeling        
    Sample Label                        

    U.S. Food & Drug Administration

    Cosmetic Labeling Guide        
    Nutrition/Health Claims Labeling

    Warren County Combined Health District

    Farmers Markets                     
    Cottage Foods