The Sooke Country Market is preparing for its 2016 season.

Which side of the table are you on?

Sooke Country Market has questions and answers on being a vendor.

By Sheila Wallace

 

Farmers’ markets are a gathering place to explore the diversity and wealth of each unique community’s bounty.

Produce, plants, baking, canning, art, crafts, cosmetics, wine, meat, entertainment – there is almost no limit to what you can find at a market.  Want a unique and lively meeting place for friends to share news and ideas?

So, has the thought ever crossed your mind “Gee, I wonder if I could sell my … at the Sooke Country Market?”

Well, that is exactly the question I asked my self before joining the Sooke Country Market eight years ago.

Weekly seasonal markets provide a consistent venue for customers and a regular income for any vendor with motivation and a passion for their product.

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.  Check sookecountrymarket.com for more details.

How do I know if I can sell at the market?

If you make it, bake it, grow it, or provide a service yourself, you are likely eligible to be a market vendor. New this year, business storefronts may be able to promote their business and share details about their services at the market as well.

When is the market?

Every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to early October.

What does it cost?

The first step is to become a member of the Sooke Country Market.  Then you pay a daily fee each time you vend.

Can I share a table?

Yes. We want you to have a fun and supported experience when you are starting out, so sharing can help to make you feel more comfortable.

I’d like to give it a try – what do I do now?

A board of directors and a volunteer market manager coordinate the Sooke Country Market Society.  Go to sookecountrymarket.com and review the market guidelines, fill out a vendor or performer application and submit it. The market manager will call you once your application has been reviewed.

More questions? Email us at info@sookecountrymarket.com.

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Sheila Wallace writes for the Sooke Country Market.

 

 

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