Current Practices & Guidelines and Expectations

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Every spring locals are itching to get outside to stretch their legs and this year has been no exception. We’ve completed two weeks of our 2020 Spring market season and business has been terrific. Thank you to the residents of Montana for supporting the local farmers and their families these past couple Saturday mornings. Remember though, that the market is expecting all vendors and customers to be familiar with and abide by the guidelines set forth by the Montana State Governor’s Office, the Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services and our Flathead County Health Department. Make sure you visit the links below and be aware of the guidelines that you expected to follow.


• Montana Department of Agriculture:

Montana Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Page

Highly Recommended:
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Market Guidelines (link 1)
or
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Market Guidelines (alternate link)



• Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Info:

Department of Public Health and Human Services Home Page

DPHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information




Flathead County Health Department Resources:

Flathead County Health Department Homepage

COVID-19 Information

General Business Planning Guide

5.8 Information and Guidance for Reopening Businesses

Employer Guidance for Health Assessments and Sick Employees

Reopening the Big Sky: Phase 1 FAQs

5.7 Press Release



• Montana Governor’s Office Resources:

Official Homepage of Montana’s Governor’s Office

Governor Bullock’s Phased Reopening Directive

Montana Governor’s Pressroom and Directives

Montana Governor’s Executive Orders



Important Message From the Market

Victor Uncategorized

April 29, 2020

Dear Vendors,

This has been a challenging year, but we are finally poised to open the 2020 season this Saturday, May 2nd.  That is not to say nothing has changed.  In this Covid environment we must make changes in how we do business to be able to adhere to State and local expectations regarding vendor and public safety.   We have also committed to the college that we will make these changes in order to be open.  Many of our vendors and customers are in vulnerable populations and we will take every precaution to keep our community safe.

These changes will impact some of you more than others and it will be every individual vendors decision whether or not to participate under these circumstances.  Making the decision to join the market means you will be committed to adherence of Market precautions.

The following bullet points are what is minimally expected of all vendors if they want to participate in the market at this time:

·      Do not attend market if you have sore throat, fever, cough or have been traveling outside of county/state within last 14 days

·      Come with predetermined concept of how your booth can be set up to encourage compliance with social distancing of 6 feet between all people at the market, including your neighboring vendors.  Please role model the 6 foot distance by keeping it with fellow vendors.

·      If you only have one space, a vendors may have to try to restrict themselves to center of their display to assure the 6 foot distance from all other vendors

·      Hand sanitizing or washing capability for yourself in the booth

·      No tablecloths.  Washable surfaces only that are to be sanitized frequently or after each customer transaction. 

·      Commercial wipe/spray sanitizers or mild chlorine solutions in a spray bottle may be used.

·      Create safe way for yourself and the customer to take money/cards

·      If you line off social distancing perimeters.  Use tape that can be easily removed at market end  – no chalk, paint or otherwise products that leave residue on asphalt

·      Remind customers to keep physical distance

·      Be friendly, cordial and professional, but do not encourage socializing and lingering at booths

·      Do not allow customers to handle product, assist with selection and subsequent sales

·      All precooked food items will be prepackaged.

·      No food, juice or drink sampling of any kind.

·      Food vendors that cook on site and have customers waiting for orders will be in the end lot to help maintain crown distancing

·      No tables and chairs allowed at food areas that encourage socializing or group dining

·      Masks are suggested, but not required

These Covid restrictions are in place until further notice.  We all crave the notion of returning to life and market as usual, but this will not happen for at least the short term.  Until the situation changes, we will do our best to make it safe for all of us.

Please call if you need suggestions on how to make your booth work within these guidelines.

Thank you for your patience.

Cheryl Lowe
Board President
Kalispell Farmers Market

2019 Indoor Market Application

Victor Uncategorized

The Kalispell Farmers Market final market of the year takes place on October 19th from 9:00am until 3:00pm. It’s indoor at the Trade Center building at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. The market application is now available for download online. The application and fee must be returned to the market manager by October 5th. All spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please click the link below to download the PDF application.

Kalispell Farmers Market Harvest and Holiday Indoor Market 2019 Application

Market Information

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Dear Market Vendors,

The FVCC has informed us that construction is beginning on Grandview Drive (the road south of the parking lot where we vend) this week.  They have asked us to enter and exit the college from the newest stop light on Hwy 93 on the north end of campus. This is the light near the dorms that were recently built.  Beginning with our next market on Saturday May 25th and continuing until construction is complete, avoid using Grandview drive and please use this alternate route to access the vendor area.  We have attached a map for reference. 

Kalispell Farmers Market
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Thank you,

Carla, Kalispell Farmers Market Manager

2019 Spring Newsletter

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Kalispell Farmers’ Market

Spring 2019 Newsletter

 PO Box 665 Kalispell MT 59903 ~ Voicemail 881-~4078

Hello Vendors,       

I am sure you all are hoping to welcome Spring soon!

Look out for the new Kalispell Farmers Market posters and cards going out across the valley for this season. Victor Brozovich has done a fabulous job putting together yet another beautiful market poster. Board members will be distributing these out onto bulletin boards, RV parks and in hotels across the valley.  The board has been working very hard on increasing advertising and making wonderful changes to the market.

Returning vendors please register for the 2019 season and remember you may register for both Spring and Fall at the same time, but you only have to pay for Spring at this time. You may also pay for Fall at this time if you would like. If you do not pay for Fall at this time, payment will need to be due postmarked by July 1, 2019, or paid at the market by June29th.  Please complete the application on line at: kalispellfarmersmarket.org and request your space/spaces.  Be sure to read the 2019 Rules and Regulations. Reserved parking is never prorated. If you sign up later the price will still be $90.00 per space.

By submitting your application on line you agree that you have read and understand these rules and regulations and will abide by them.  

You agree you have mailed in your food license, cottage food license, mobile license, insurance, or state paperwork if you sell food items that pertain to your booth.

If you sell plants, trees or scrubs, and you purchase plugs or plants , please mail in your packing sheets or paperwork showing ship dates , These are needed before you sell them at the market and must show you have the plugs, plants or trees, roses or scrubs in your possession for the required amount of time. (60 days on plants/plugs and 90 days on trees, scrubs, roses etc.)

To keep your space for the Spring 2019 season, your payment must be postmarked by April 3rd.

Mail payment to: KFM PO BOX 665 Kalispell MT 59903.

 Checks will not be cashed until after the parking meeting.

If you are new to getting reserved parking or if you want to change spaces from the prior Spring 2018 season, you may attend the spring parking meeting. A vendor may also send a representative to represent them if they are not able to attend. The parking spaces are assigned by a drawing and the vendor then selects the space/spaces they would like in the turn that their number is drawn. YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND unless you are getting a new space or changing spaces for reserved parking. Spaces will be available thru the Market Master if you cannot attend.  

SPRING PARKING MEETING will be held:  For those wishing to switch spaces or those getting a new space. This meeting is very short meeting for only assigning parking spaces.

When: Monday April 8th

Where: Willow Glen Montessori campus  @ 349 Willow Glen Drive Kalispell

Time: 6:30 PM

Fee: $90.00 per space for the 12 week Spring -season from May 4th-July 20th

Maximum of three spaces per vendor.

This parking meeting is very short and if you are not able to attend or send a representative, then you can come to the market and select a space. There are no deadlines for reserved parking. Applications are accepted all season. Reserved parking is open until all spaces are filled.

Please read all the rules and regulations before submitting your application. There are a few changes. It is good to refresh yourself on the rules and regulations. By submitting your application you are agreeing to abide by all the Kalispell Farmers Markets rules and regulations. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to talk to the market master.

DATES TO REMEMBER AND MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR for 2019

Spring parking fees postmarked by April 3rd for returning reserved vendors

Spring parking meeting April 8th

Spring Market Season:  May 4th – July 20th

Fall payments paid at market or postmarked by July 1st to keep reserved space

Fall parking meeting July 8th

Fall Market Season : July 27th – October 12

Harvest and Holiday Market October 19th @ Flathead County Fairgrounds 9-3:30 application will be out September 1st

Board  Members for the 2019 season are:

Duane Braaten                 Victor Brozovich             Carol Bunting

Cassady Daley                 Dan Erickson                   Mandy Gerth

Cheryl Lowe                    Dan Sanders                     Jean Williams

Please bring all safety concerns during the market to the Market Manager. The Market manager can be reached on Saturdays during the Market @ 260-5102. (This is only turned on for the Saturday market hours and no voice mail will be answered)

 Some Friendly Reminders:

All vendors must park their personal vehicles and trailers that do not fit in their space or are not being used to sell out of, in the North lot across from the motorcycle class parking lot. Do not park behind the building next to the market lot.

All vendors are encouraged  to advertise on their Facebook pages, local craft sites, Craig’s List, or any other places that will increase the visibility of the Market.  Share the market page on Fridays and Saturday or check in with the market Facebook  page on Saturday mornings to help promote the market.  Let all your Facebook people know you are at the market. This social media advertising reaches many and is free! Let’s make 2019 the higherst customer volume year to date! Another great way it to like the Market Page we should have all 240 vendors like the page and that also promotes more exposure. IF all vendors  shared the page or checked in we would be reaching thousands of potential vendors each week! Imagine how many more customers would attend the market.  So let set a goal for everyone to like the page , share the page, and check in when you arrive to the market. Let see the market grow!

Remember you may register for Fall and Spring at the same time. Fall payments and/or registration will be due by July 1, 2019. This will be done on the Market web page at kalispellfarmersmarket.org. The fall parking meeting will be Monday July 8th for those wishing to change spaces or those wanting to get reserved space/spaces for the fall season. An email regarding fall parking will be sent at a later date. Another reminder the market accepts applications all season long.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the market for another wonderful year!

Best Regards,

Carla Rose

Market Master

2018 Annual Meeting

Victor Uncategorized

Kalispell Farmers Market
PO Box 665
Kalispell MT  59904
406-881-4078 Voicemail

 

Happy fall market vendors,

It is time for the Kalispell Farmers Market annual meeting. This year’s meeting will be held Monday November 12th 2018, at the Flathead Electric Cooperative building located at 2510 US Hwy 2 E Kalispell.

The meeting room is located on the North side of the building. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect three Board Members for a three year term, review the financials from the 2018 year, recap the yearly events, and address any ideas or concerns from vendors.

The board of directors for the Kalispell Farmers Market is made up of nine board members. Every year three board members complete their term.

The current board members listed in alphabetical order are as follows:

Duanne Braaten
Victor Brozovich
Carol Bunting
Cassidy Dailey
Dan Erickson
Mandy Gerth
Cheryl Lowe
Dan Sanderson
Jean Williams 

The board members who will have completed their three year terms at the end of December 2018 are: Carol Bunting, Victor Brozovich and Jean Williams.

There are five candidates running for the three open board positions starting in January 2019: (listed below alphabetically)

Carol Bunting
Victor Brozovich
Brycen Ek
Jean Willams
Ted Wycall

Nominations will also be taken from the floor as well. All market vendors are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. Please sign in when you arrive and get a voting ballot. (one ballot  per selling unit)  Save the date and plan on attending.

Best regards,

Carla Rose

2018 Holiday and Harvest Market

Victor Uncategorized

As most of you know, our final Farmers Market of the year takes place indoor at the Expo building at the Flathead County Fairgrounds.  This year the indoor market is scheduled for Saturday October 20th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

If you were a vendor with us in 2018  at the FVCC you are eligible to apply, but spaces are limited and not guaranteed.

Click below to download the Indoor Market Application:

Click Here to Download the 2018 Holiday Market Application

Please return this application and fee to the Market Manager or send to:

Kalispell Farmers’ Market
Attn: Market Manager
P.O. Box 665
Kalispell MT 59903-0665

2018 Spring Newsletter

Victor Uncategorized

Kalispell Farmers’ Market

Spring 2018 Newsletter

 PO Box 665 Kalispell MT 59903 ~ Voicemail 881-4078

Download the SPRING Newsletter HERE (PDF)

Hello Vendors,

Spring is fast approaching or we think it is. WOW what a winter. I hope you all enjoyed the beauty of all the snow and got out to frolic in it or stayed warm inside reading seed catalogs, making some of your exceptional art work or crafts for the new season. Maybe you baked up some new goodies to keep warm and got new ideas for some new treats for this year.

Spring is on the way the birds are arriving and looking for nesting materials and this makes me smile. I am looking forward to another great year at the market and seeing all of you wonderful vendors that make this such an amazing Farmers Market.

Look out for the new Kalispell Farmers Market posters and cards going out across the valley this season. Victor Brozovich a board member has done a fabulous job putting together a beautiful market poster and brochures with all the market information on it. These will be on bulletin boards and in hotels across the valley. Thank you Victor, for your dedication to the web page, your ideas, the posters and for going above and beyond your duties as a board member! You ROCK!

All vendors are encouraged to advertise on their Facebook pages, local craft sites, Craig’s List, or any other places that will increase the visibility of the Market. Cheryl Lowe does a great job of updating the market Facebook with great colorful photos. Share the market page or check in with the market Facebook page and let all your Facebook people know you are at the market. This social media advertising reaches many and is free! Let’s make this the goal for 2018, to get every vendor who has Facebook to share the page and see the increase in customer base.

Returning vendors please register for the 2018 season and remember you may register for both Spring and Fall at the same time, but you only have to pay for Spring at this time. Please complete the application on line at kalispellfarmersmarket.org and request your space/spaces.  Be sure to read the 2018 Rules and Regulations. By submitting your application on line you agree that you have read and understand these rules and regulations and will abide by them.  To keep your space from the Spring 2017 season, the payment must be   postmarked by April 6th.

Mail payment to: KFM PO BOX 665 Kalispell MT 59903.

If you are wishing to get a reserved parking space or wanting to change your space for the 2018 Spring Season, please complete the online application and select the appropriate box of what you need for parking.

If you are new to getting reserved parking or if you want to change spaces from the Spring 2017 season, you may attend the spring parking meeting. You may also send a representative to represent you if you are not able to attend. The parking spaces are assigned by a drawing and the vendor then selects the space they would like in the turn that their number is drawn.

MEETING will be held:

When: Monday April 9th

Where: Willow Glen Montessori @ 349 Willow Glen Drive Kalispell

Time: 6:30 PM

Fee: $90.00 per space for the 12 week Spring season from May 5th-July 21

Maximum of 3 spaces per vendor.

Fall season is July 28th-Oct 13th and the Holiday Market will be held October 20th at the Flathead County Fairgrounds from 9-3:30 pm.

This parking meeting is very short and if you are not able to attend or send a representative, then you can come to the market and select a space. There are no deadlines for reserved parking. Applications are accepted all season. Reserved parking is open until all spaces are filled.

Please read all the rules and regulations before submitting your application. There are a few changes. It is good to refresh yourself to the rules and regulations. By submitting your application you are agreeing to abide by all the Kalispell Farmers Markets rules and regulations. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to talk to the market master.

Board  Members for the 2018 season are:

Duane Braaten               Victor Brozovich           Carol Bunting

Cassady Daley               Dan Erickson                 Mandy Gerth

Ruth Gibbs                    Cheryl Lowe                  Jean Williams

Please bring all safety concerns during the market to the Market Manager. The Market manager can be reached on Saturdays during the Market @ 260-5102. (This is only turned on for the Saturday market hours and no voice mail will be answered)

 Some Friendly Reminders

All vendors must park their personal vehicles and trailers that do not fit in their space or are not being used to sell out of, in the South lot across from the motorcycle class parking lot. Do not park behind the building next to the market lot.

No vehicles may park on any grass at FVCC at any time!

Please be courteous to your neighboring vendors.  Ask first if your canopy can cross over into their space. If your canopy is larger than eight feet it must be approved by the vendor next to you.  Home Depot and K Mart have eight foot canopies.

Mark your calendars

Fall registration will be due by July 1, 2018. This will be done on the Market web page at kalispellfarmersmarket.org. The fall parking meeting will be Monday July 9th for those wishing to change spaces or those wanting to get reserved space/spaces.