Applications are available to be printed from the Documents page of this website –
We still have a few spaces left. You might want to get on the list for 2013!
Sign up soon! We have added spaces to make room for more vendors and are enjoying a full market with this year!
Our customer base is also growning!
The Shawano Farmers’ Market has a program called the “Certified Local Vendor” program. This program is meant to encourage and promote vendors who grow their own products locally. Vendors who choose to participate in the program must sign a pledge and demonstrate that the items they sell at our market are produced by them and that the product is grown within a 100 mile radius of Shawano, Wisconsin. Board members and volunteers visit the participating vendor’s growing site(s) and make a good faith effort to confirm that the vendor is growing the produce they sell at the market. If these vendors are part of WIC program, they have a yellow sign also and accept WIC vouchers. This also means that they have been visited by County WIC staff.
Customers are able to identify which vendors are certified by looking for a laminated sign at the vendor stands. Vendors who qualify have a certificate, with the Shawano Farmers Market logo on it, posted at their stand stating they sell “Certified Locally Grown Product”. Vendors may choose to not be a part of this program. That does not necessarily mean they do not have locally grown produce.
Reasons to buy from a Certified Local Vendor:
Local Produce is better for your health. Food that is grown locally is fresher and fresher food means more nutritious food. Food looses nutrients gradually after it is harvested and the longer it sits in transport the more nutrients are lost.
Local Produce supports our local economy. Money stays here with your friends and neighbors.
Local Produce is better for the environment. Shorter transportation distances means less energy consumption and less pollution. Also, many of the small local growers use more environmentally friendly growing practices than large corporate farms.
Of course, we all know that not all produce can be grown in our climate so we also appreciate the variety other areas can provide.
Thank you Knope Heating and Air Conditioning for being the SFM major sponsor for 2012. If you would like information on becoming a major sponsor, please contact Charlene at 715-853-3775.