Are you thinking about vending this year? Vendors are the heart of The Market and it is your handmade and homegrown goods and items that bring people out even in drizzly weather.
We are delighted to welcome new and returning Vendors and help you with any questions or concerns about the upcoming season. We= the current volunteer market board during the preseason/off season and the current market manager from April/May to September depending on the year. The email firstname.lastname@example.org email reaches us and is typically manned by the current board president or the market manager (depending on the time of year). Of course, if you like, take a look at our About page for current board members and say hello if you see us. We do this volunteer work because we are passionate about our community and excited to help makers and growers share their work and make connections!
You may choose one or more Market days to participate, and until we fill up all our slots, we are super flexible! The application for the coming season is available in the spring 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season and is advertised on The Market social media, local media outlets, and updated here.
Each vendor must turn in a simple annual application to register with The Market. This helps your small business comply with Petersburg Borough rules and to help the Market Manager prepare for the season and market days. It is possible to fill up our venue, so by checking your schedule and registering early you have the best chance at participating all the days you would like.
We encourage you to take a look at the application below as you plan and contact us with questions about vending at The Market. ***Note: The board reserves the right to make changes to the application and expectations each year, including altering fees, venue, or other details from previous seasons. Each year is a new year!***
2023 Market Vendor Application
Below is the vendor application for the summer of 2023. We encourage vendors to get these filled out early to reserve a spot during the weeks you wish to attend. You can feel free to print this and bring the completed copy with you to the market, email it to email@example.com, or if you do not have access to a printer, we will always have copies available to fill out at the market. Just be sure to send us an email or contact the manager, Brandy, at (907)-650-7540 to let us know is are interested in becoming a vendor!
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not sure what to do- Can I be a vendor at the Market? Probably! Perform you make handmade items? Or food? Or grow flowers, starts, or veg? Are you an artist or crafter? Perform you have chickens and extra eggs? See our Ideas for Vendors page if you’d love to participate and aren’t quite sure what you’d like to sell yet or you’d like to offer a variety. Think about what you make or do that others might like to gift or use. Remember, all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate!
What if I have small quantities- is it okay or worth it to do a booth? Our top suggestion for any vendor starting out is to buddy up with a friend or encourage another family member to join you at a booth. Worth it? Well, sharing what you make in person and building connections with the community is a great way to learn if people will buy what you are making. Guide feedback can be scary but it’s better to work up some samples, share, and hear what people think- then adjust if needed. Many vendors have a business card available or information on how to connect with them outside of market days. Check out the Tips for Vendors page for suggestions to have a successful season.
Perform I have to have a business license? Yes! Check in with Cami at the borough. I promise she doesn’t bite and is SO nice in helping people set up this simple important step. Having a business license FEELS like a big step, but tracking your expenses and income helps you see the budget your “hobby” requires and now that sales tax reporting is all online it can be done from a computer or your phone.
Past Vendors have included the following:
Farragut Farm: We are a small, mixed vegetable farm located in Farragut Bay, about 24 miles northwest of Petersburg. We are “off the grid,” which means we generate all our own power and collect rainwater for all our irrigation and processing/rinsing needs. Our vegetables are grown completely clean, without the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or anything else you wouldn’t want to swallow! We feed our soils by applying farm-made compost, seaweed, and other natural fertilizers found right here in Farragut Bay. We sell a wide variety of vegetables, from Asparagus to Zucchini, and strive to provide healthy, wholesome, locally-grown food to the people of Petersburg. We also grind fresh organic pecan butter, and offer sweet dried apples and pears that we harvest and dry at our winter farm in Utah. These make great, healthy snacks.
The Violet Sparrow: Our family homestead is located on six acres of North Carolina’s coastal plain, and we are sending some of our favorite products up to our Petersburg family to feature at The Market. Our cold processed handmade soaps are made with the fresh milk of our family’s dairy goats (see sweet Violet pictured below, ready for milking). Our recipe is palm oil free and rainforest friendly. We make a long-lasting, rich-lathering, chunky handcut bar from a mix of coconut, olive, sunflower, safflower and sweet almond oils, dried herbs and pure essential oils. We love upcycling and the challenge of finding items destined for trash, then repurposing them into new and beautiful things- Our handmade children’s slippers are made of upcycled felted wool sweaters and coats. The non-skid sole is made from recycled leather or suede. These are hand sewn and machine stitched with needle-felted accents. The ankle is elasticized so they stay put! Good for our planet, good for our children’s future, good for the soul.
Wild Fern Medicinals: Traditional remedies using wildcrafted Alaskan herbs and flowers. Whether it is exzema, muscle strain, baby care, or just a natural bug spray you are looking for, Wild Fern has you moisturized, relaxed, protected and feeling great about what you put on your skin. Every single one of our base oils is made with Alaskan herbs that we have collected ourselves. The Arnica flowers are picked by hand, the chickweed and plantain grow wild in our own gardens, and our Devil’s Club is painstakingly harvested in our forests. All of our herbs are sustainably collected in season and with mindfulness. We then infuse them in oil and turn them into 100% handmade and natural healing products.
Safire’s Baked Treats: A variety of muffins, bars, and brownies.
MaidenEarth Plans: Gorgeous homemade and handpainted yarns and fiber arts by Karen Dillman. Angora rabbits provide soft natural fibers that Karen spins, dyes and knits. Find a gorgeous color skein for your own knitting project, or keep warm in a pair of her comfy fingerless knitted gloves. Also see her new collection of silk scarves colored with natural dyes derived from local lichens and mushrooms.
Sullivan’s Cedar Creations: Handmade pegged hangers made from beautiful cedar and alder woods. Use them for hanging clothes, jewelry and much more.
Maia’s Creations: Beautiful, colorful, and totally unique handmade cards, beaded garden markers, and magnets.
Killian’s Creations: Unique upcycled bottlecap earrings, keychains, picture frame earring holders and windchimes.
Alaska Mountain Mutts: Luc Diaz makes pawsitively delicious and nutritious dog treats, all natural and homemade. Flavors include Howl Wheat and PeaMutt Butter. Take some home for your doggie friends in a handmade treat bag!
Luc is a local star! He was featured in the Petersburg Pilot.
School and Community Garden: Offering a variety of greens and garden starts, herbs and seasonal produce grown and sold by kids and volunteers. Proceeds help fund the Sprout Program. Come by and find out how you and your kids can help and join in the fun! More info on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PCSDGarden
Fefe’s Creations: Earrings, bracelets, and colorful patterned duct tape wallets made by a team of crafters: Joelys, Althea, Kianna, and Tatum.
The Daily Ration: Homemade artisan sodas from small batch simple syrups made with seasonal ingredients (past flavors include Rhubarb Mint, Blueberry Ginger, Grapefruit and Cherry Balsamic). Also offering lunch items and baked goods.