Call for vendors

Applications are now open Winter at the Market vendors! 

Find out all the information and register for a market stall now.

Applications close Oct. 9, 2020.

Call for Vendors - Winter at the Market


 

St. Catharines Farmers Market, Eat Fresh, Buy Local

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As the City continues efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic the St. Catharines Farmers Market will operate on Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursdays (beginning July 2) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safety protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of market patrons and vendors. Please check out the information below for more information on safety efforts, and new ways to shop online with market vendors.

 COVID-19 and the St. Catharines Farmers Market

 

Newly-introduced requirements and safety actions for customers include:

  • Admittance of only one customer at a time, pairs or groups are asked to have only one individual enter the market
  • At any time, entrance to the Farmers Market will be paused if congestion occurs.
  • Requiring of customers to sanitize their hands before entry
  • All customers and vendors must wear a face mask or covering due to limitations on other typical preventative measures such as sneeze guards. Wrapped scarves, bandanas and surgical masks will all be considered acceptable face coverings
  • No handling or sampling of food will be permitted
  • Maintaining a safe physical separation of two metres from other shoppers, including in the entry line
  • Distancing and traffic-flow lines will be clearly marked outside and inside the market

Vendors will also face a host of new restrictions and protocols to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Mandatory use of face masks
  • Preferred use of electronic payments, cash payments will require a second individual whose sole duty will be handling of cash. Note that not all vendors are able to do electronic transactions. ATM's are closely located within a short walking distance on King St.
  • Maintaining a two-metre separation with patrons and fellow vendors who do not reside in their household
  • Prepackaging of products when possible
  • Hand washing / sanitization after every transaction
  • Frequent sanitization of surfaces
  • Self-assessment for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms

Market patrons will be directed on a set path through the market to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. Niagara Region Public Health requires one way traffic flow of the Market and one entrance / exit. Check out our Market Map for more information. For patrons with accessibility needs, entrance will be permitted at the Market exit door. (door faces Market St / Blue Mermaid restaurant)

As part of the reopening the market will introduce a new online shopping portal, a feature that will continue even after COVID-19 restrictions ease. Shoppers can head online and fill their virtual shopping cart with an array of meats, cheeses, produce, artisan items and more from all their favourite market vendors. Their completed orders can be picked up at the market during open hours.

Since the early 1860s the St. Catharines Farmers Market has delivered the best Niagara grows, bakes and makes to the centre of the city.

Buy fresh, local foods and hand made items and take in the opportunity to talk with those who grow and produce the meats, fruits, veggies and baked goods that end up on the plate. The market provides a chance to eat fresh, shop local and learn from those in the know.

Niagara's bounty is on sale at the market, with offerings including:

  • Farm fresh produce
  • Baked goods
  • Fresh meats including pork, chicken, beef and fish
  • Honey and Preserves
  • Cured meats
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Potted plants
  • Gourmet spices
  • Cheese and dairy products

Buy local, eat fresh!

Please note that pets are not allowed inside the Farmers Market. This regulations is set by Provincial legislation and enforced by Public Health.

Location 

Market Square, 91 King St., corner of King and James streets

What's in Season

Check out the Foodland Ontario Availability Guide for what's fresh.

Harvest Celebration at the Market

Market Events and Contests

Thursday Contest

Win a $20 Market Voucher for you and a friend by helping us spread the word about the amazing Thursday Market! Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offering a bounty of fresh food options to take home or to eat on the picnic tables provided outside. Fresh picked farm produce, grilled meat on a bun, samosas, tamales, crepes and more! Next contest will run the first week of October.

A Harvest Celebration is coming to the Market this Saturday, Oct. 3. A special Discovery Table with hostess Dena to provide take home crafts for families, food information, take home recipes cards and more! Joining the Market this Saturday will be the Hummingbird Steel Drum Band as part of Culture Days and a touchless photo booth with festive activities as part of Pumpkinville. Market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and events are running 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See you at the Market.

 

Market Vendors

(Online Only = www.openfoodnetwork.ca/groups)

(** = March - December)

(*** = May - October)

Unless otherwise indicated, Vendors will be available both Thursday's and Saturday's.

MyPick verified farmers is your assurance that Farmers' Markets Ontario has visited the farmers and has verified that they’re selling only what they produced. You know you’re buying directly from the farmer / producer — and are doing your part to ensure the future of agriculture in your area.

For more information about MyPick visit: https://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/mypick-new/

Fruits & Vegetables 

Bakery

Meats and Cheeses

Prepared Foods

Refreshments / VQA Wine Sales

Flowers and Plants

Artisans / Crafters

Specialty

Other

  • Crystal Creations by Dale (Thursday)

Occasional Vendors

 

Andrzejewski Pierogis (select Saturdays)

Card Creations by Karen

Dettweiller Sausage (Quarterly Attendance)

Hansmade Toys (November-December)

JSBenchworks (returning in 2021)

Papas Charcuterie Boards

Rustic n Resin (select Thursdays)

T's Meat Shop (Drug & Hormone Free, Saturdays - Jan-Apr)

 

Vendor Applications and Stall Rental Rates

Farmers Market Stall Rental Rates

 

Stall Size - 8' x 8'

Thursday Stall Rate - $14.00

Saturday Stall Rate - $27.00

Hydro Fee - additional 15%

 

Stall Rate Discounts* 

25% discount attending 2 days / week

45% discount MYPICK Verified / Organic Certified Farmers**

  • *Subject to 85% attendance rate
  • **Subject to MyPick.ca verification / Organic Certification
  • Lease Holders are billed bi-annually
  • Non Lease Holders are billed monthly

Note: Discounts are not combinable

Farmers Market Stall Applications, By-laws and Resources

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the St. Catharines Farmers Market, applications are now being accepted for Farmers/Producers for the 2020 Spring / Summer session. Farmers Market Vendor Application

Please note: given space limitations and the need for variety, the St. Catharines Market Square must consider the balance of the products and diversity being offered.  Therefore, the market composition will be determined at the discretion of the Clerk.

Vendor Rules and Regulations

Vendor Selection Criteria

Market Square Bylaw

Public Health Farmers Market Food Vendor Application All vendors selling prepared foods, raw foods including meats must be in compliance with Public Health prior to starting at the market.

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