- 2024 Farmers Market at Blackbird Farm
June 16, 2024 - September 29, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Blackbird Farm Farm Stand
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 16 through September 29
Blackbird Farm Stand
660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Eat Drink RI Farmers Market at Blackbird Farm. Please review our market requirements below before submitting your application through online registration and credit card payment, available by choosing a market space (single or double) and clicking the ADD TO EVENT CART button above.
Farmers markets are for people from all walks of life and all ages who share a common belief that farmers and local producers are a vital part of our community. This market will support the local food economy, showcase a wide variety of products and tap into a region of the state that doesn’t offer an extensive outdoor market other than ours. The Blackbird Farm Farmers Market will support local farmers and producers, improve access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products, encourage sustainability, and educate the community on the importance of local foods. We enforce the below rules:
PREPARED FOODS: Prepared foods must be licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. All sampling must follow safe food handling guidelines. For any vendors providing samples or prepared food, we require a copy of your food safety plan in writing at the start of the season.
PRODUCT INSURANCE AND LICENSING: All vendors must carry product liability insurance, appropriate licensing from the RI Department of Health, and all applicable tax and sales permits. Copies must be submitted prior to the first day of the market. Vendors will not be allowed to set-up before these items are provided. A general liability insurance rider is required for June 16 – September 29, 2024 naming:
660 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
WEATHER POLICY: Markets go on rain or shine unless cancelled by Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm. Cancellation of a market due to severe weather is decided solely by Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm. Vendors shall be notified via email or phone prior to Market set-up time. No refunds will be given.
ATTENDANCE: Market attendance must be consistent. Absences must be based on seasonality of crops or produce. Prior notice of market absence is required. No refunds are provided for early drop-out from markets.
INDEMNIFICATION: Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, damages, expenses, fees, fines, penalties, suits, proceedings, actions and costs of actions (including all attorney’s fees), of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or Vendor’s use of the space(s), sale of goods or conduct of business by Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees or any act or omission of Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees. Vendor is responsible for all monies collected from the sale of Vendor’s goods. Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm is in no way responsible for any lost or stolen monies or items. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of Rhode Island without regard to conflict of law principles and venue for any action arising from this Agreement shall be in Providence County, Rhode Island. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except by a writing signed by the parties.
CERTIFICATION & FOOD SAFETY: Vendors must maintain all appropriate Town and State licenses for their type of goods or food products, provide copies of such to Blackbird Farm and have licenses in their booth at all times. Vendors that serve any food samples that are not prepackaged must comply with state laws and regulations related to food service. Requirements include wearing of plastic gloves and providing a waste receptacle if sampling food.
All product labeling shall be truthful and accurate and adhere to the requirements set forth by the State of Rhode of Island. Any claims, such as organic, pesticide-free, origin, gluten-free, free range, sugar-free, etc. must be substantiated. Any intentionally false claims shall be cause for immediate removal from the Market.
SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION WITH MARKET FEE (see below): by Sunday, June 9, 2024.
FARMERS MARKET FEES:
Fees allow us to pay for market insurance, grounds maintenance, portable restroom with service, market management, printing costs, events at the markets, credit card fees and publicity via Eat Drink RI.
- Market fee, space for one pop-up canopy with tables: $400 (approximately $25/week)
- Market fee, space for additional pop-up canopy with tables: $575 (approximately $35.94/week)
Acceptance into the market is at the discretion of Eat Drink RI and Blackbird Farm.
Vendor’s payment of $400 or $575 for additional space, fee indicates that Vendor has read and understands the above Farmers Market Policies and Procedures and that any violation of such may result in loss of Farmers Market rental privileges. Vendor acknowledges that such Policies and Procedures may be amended from time to time and agrees to abide by the terms of any such amendments if Vendor continues to vend at the Eat Drink RI Farmers Market.
Choose a market space (single or double) and click the ADD TO EVENT CART button to fill out the registration form and pay online via credit card.