Market Rules

Please read the rules below before filling out the 2021 application.

General Information:

  • The Hattiesburg Market is located at Town Square Park, on the corner of Main St. and Buschman St. in Downtown Hattiesburg.

  • The Hattiesburg Market is open every Thursday, March through November (excluding Thanksgiving Day), from 3-6PM.

  • The Market Board will have the final authority regarding the acceptance or rejection of vendors, their applications, and their products.

  • The Market will strive to send notification of status to all vendor applicants in a timely manner, but please allow up to two weeks for processing.

Check-in Requirements:

  • Market opens for vendors at 1:30 PM.

  • Set-up should be completed by 2:45 PM. Market officially opens at 3 PM, but sales before official opening are permissible.

  • Vendors arriving late should call Market Manager at least one hour before opening when possible.

2021 Fee Structure:

Daily: $10  or $290 for 34 week season

 

Products to be Sold:

The Market strives to achieve a balance of products. The Market’s ideal balance is

60% fresh produce

40% dairy, meats, food items, art work, crafts

 

Produce  Vendors must grow at least 75% of the products offered for sale.  Farm inspections will be conducted on a random basis with 24 hours notice throughout the season in order to verify vendor compliance.

 

Florists/Plant Nursery  Priority will be given to those vendors that raise their own plants.

 

Food Items  All processed foods sold to the public must be manufactured in a commercial food processing facility with appropriate permits and licenses. Vendors must adhere to Government approved methods for preparing, storing, handling, and packaging of food products. All prepared foods must exhibit a list of ingredients if there are more than two, given in descending order of predominance by weight, and the name and complete address of the business. “Low risk” prepared foods, which include baked goods, honey, jellies, jams, cider, and sauces may be brought by farmers if the foods contain produce from their farm. Except for these “low risk” items, farmers must utilize an approved commercial food processing facility to sell any prepared foods.

 

Original Art Work and Crafts  Examples are jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, metal smithing, body products, garden decor, woodwork, and sewn items. These are to be offered for sale by the artist/producer of said goods or their designated representative only. No resale items permitted.

 

Civic Organizations Participation  Nonprofit, charitable organizations are welcome at the Market. All charitable organizations must fill out an application and be approved by the Market Manager. Organizations setting up information and donation-only tables will be allowed to set up free of charge. Organizations selling a product in order to raise funds will be charged the normal rental fee and be subject to the same regulations as other vendors.  The Market is a public space, not a public forum. Organizations espousing controversial and/or incendiary messages are not allowed.

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Rules and Requirements

 

  • Vendors are responsible for their own sales taxes, licenses, permits and fees required for operation and will abide by all local, state and federal laws.

  • There may be vendors selling similar items at the market. 

  • Each booth area is approximately 10’ x 10’.

  • Vendors will supply their own tables, chairs, signage, scales, tents, displays, bags for customers and money for change.

  • The booth must be occupied by the vendor or one of their agents at all times while the Market is open

  • Separate vendors may not share booth space.

  • Vendors are allowed to set-up NO EARLIER than 1:30PM and NO LATER than 2:45PM

  • Please let us know if you have any special needs

  • Market staff or volunteers may ask that you move your vehicle once you are unloaded. Leave all handicap spots open for handicapped customers.

  • Vendors MUST REMAIN COMPLETELY SET UP UNTIL 6PM and are responsible for the cleanliness of their areas during AND after operation; public receptacles are NOT for vendors’ disposal of market waste so please bring a receptacle and take your trash home with you.

  • Vendors are expected to be courteous to customers, other vendors, the market manager and volunteers. 

  • The booth fee must be paid at the beginning of the market day and is nonrefundable. A receipt will be provided by Market staff.

  • The Market Manager retains the right to immediately deny a vendor the privilege of selling at the market for any of the following reasons: misrepresentation of products, poor quality of products or produce, nonpayment of fees, or disorderly conduct.

  • To the fullest extent allowed by law, each vendor shall indemnify, defend, save, hold harmless, protect and exonerate the Board, its directors, employees, agents, representatives, the Market Manager, and the State of Mississippi from and against all claims, demands, liabilities, suits, actions, damages and losses for personal injury, death or property damage, including, without limitation, court costs, investigative fees and attorneys’ fees arising out of such vendor’s operations on the Board’s grounds, and whether caused by the vendor or his agents, employees or subcontractors. Each vendor shall be solely responsible for all costs and/or expenses associated with such defense.

 

The Following Products Are Not Allowed at the Market:

Fireworks, firearms, knivesAny type of drugs/ paraphernalia, tobacco products of any kind, or pharmaceuticals, legal or otherwise Stolen merchandise of any kind, CDs, DVDs, videos which are pirated or dubbedNew, mass produced items sold in bulk (e x: t-shirts, sunglasses, posters, etc. ) Pornographic materialsAny items that by sale or possession are in violation of city, parish, state or federal laws