The Fountain Inn Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning in June, July, August, and September. For more information about how to get involved, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 864-862-4675.
General Information / Rules and Regulations
The Fountain Inn Farmers Market is operated under the direction of the City of Fountain Inn Parks and Recreation Department. For information on the Market call the Parks and Recreation Director Chris Barrineau at 864-862-4675 or the Market Manager Bill Welch at 864-275-8801.
There are five categories of vendors allowed to sell at the Fountain Inn Farmers Market:
1. Local farmers certified by a local extension agent or market manager
2. South Carolina Certified farmers.
3. Vendors who purchase produce from South Carolina Certified farmers.
4. Greenville, Laurens and Anderson County Bakers.
5. Greenville, Laurens and Anderson County Artisans and Crafters.
To be a vendor at the Fountain Inn Farmers Market you must be one of the above categories, sign the participation agreement and abide by all rules, fill out the application form and turn it into the Parks and Recreation Department, and pay the stall rental fee. This all must be done prior to setting up at the pavilion.
For a printable set of rules and regulations and a participation agreement and application click here.
Paying for the month or season is the only way to reserve a particular stall. If you pay for the season you will reserve the same spot for the entire season. If you pay for the month you will reserve the same spot for the month. If you only pay for the day you will be assigned one of the spots that we have left over. Payment for the stall is needed by Noon on Friday, so we can set up the stall assignments. You can pay at the Fountain Inn Activities Center.
The stalls under the Pavilion will be assigned giving local farmers first preference, certified farmers second preference, vendors selling certified produce third preference, bakers fourth preference, and artisans and crafters last preference. The Parks and Recreation Department will be the ones making the table assignments.
The Market Manager is authorized to enforce all Rules and Regulations, collect fees and handle disputes. The Manager has the authority to remove poor quality produce from any table.
A list of products to be sold at the market with the origin of that product is to be on display at the vendor’s table while they are selling. If the origin of the produce is questioned, a site inspection may occur.
All vendors are required to provide their own displays and tables. Vendors located outside of the Pavilion are required to furnish their own table and tent if needed.
Participants cannot begin setup until 7:00 AM on Saturday morning. Once you begin setting up, you will be allowed to start selling. The official operating hours for the Market are 8AM – Noon.
The area around the table must be barrier free. Any chairs must be kept behind tables at all times. Tables may not exceed out past the ceiling fan lines under the Pavilion.
Using the word Organic must be certified from Clemson University Extension Agent.
The Farmers’ Market is tobacco free. There will be no smoking under the Market Pavilion. The Smoking Areas designated are behind the Pavilion located beside Jones Street.
Any food vendor must certify that the food items that are offered for sale in the Farmers Market will have been prepared in a South Carolina DHEC or Department of Agriculture approved Kitchen. Any food vendor must attach a copy of a 2012 DHEC or Department of Agriculture certification and a list of the items they plan to sell during the 2012 season before they are allowed to sell at the market.
It is the responsibility of each vendor to know if they are required to collect tax and to pay the taxes on the sales of their products.
Participants in the WIC or Senior Citizen Coupon programs must abide by all rules of the program as set forth by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, DHEC, and DSS. If SCDA, USDA, DHEC, or DSS take disciplinary action against a Participant, the Market Manager will review the information and determine what further action may be taken.
Individual vendors are responsible for obtaining all licenses and or permits required by DHEC, SCDA and any county or other state agencies.
Fountain Inn Farmers Market reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any vendor or item that is not in keeping with the rules or quality of the Local Fountain Inn Farmers Market.
Only one vehicle per stall will be permitted. No bad odors, foul signs or words will be allowed. The vehicle must be parked completely in the parking space and not enter into the street.
Vendors must furnish their own chairs, brooms, dustpans and garbage removal. Vendors are responsible for cleaning their stalls at the end of each market day. Garbage must be removed from the market. If a stall is left dirty, a $30.00 fine will be assessed and must be paid before the vendor will be allowed to participate in the market again.
Venders may not sublet space. Fountain Inn Farmers Market retains the right to approve and facilitate all arrangements pertaining to market space. Assigned spaces may be given to vendors who participate on a regular basis and at the direction of the Market Manager.
Each farmer is responsible for carrying liability insurance if desired. The City of Fountain Inn does not carry any insurance policy nor does it convey the protection of its policy to any vendors selling at the market. All food is to be presented in a clean and safe fashion for the protection of the customer by the selling vendor. The City of Fountain Inn will not be held responsible for any false claims or safety of products sold at the market.
All produce being sold that comes from someone else’s South Carolina Certified farm must have a dated receipt with the amount and type of produce purchased. Produce bought from a non South Carolina Certified farm is not allowed and must not be in sight from your stall.
The City of Fountain Inn reserves the right to amend, add or delete to these Rules and Regulations as necessary to carry out the operation of the City of Fountain Inn Farmers Market. Participants will be notified of any additions, deletions or amendments to the Rules and Regulations.