JOHNSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
Article One -- Corporation
The name of this Corporation shall be the Johnson County Farmers Market.
The initial and principal office of the Corporation shall be located in Mountain City in the county of Johnson, or at any other location as the Board of Directors may determine.
The initial and principal location of the Corporation is: 212 Roan Creek Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683. Mike Wiles is the initial registered agent at this location.
Article Two -- Purpose
The purposes for which this Corporation is formed are exclusively educational and economic development for public benefit and consist of the following:
The specific and primary purposes are:
The Johnson County Farmers Market has been organized on a non-profit basis for the following purposes:
Article Three -- Membership
Article Four -- Meetings
Article Five -- Board of Directors/Elections
Article Six -- Duties of the Board of Directors
Article Seven -- Duties of Officers and Manager
Article Eight -- Market Rules and Operating Guidelines
The market rules and operating guidelines shall be developed each year by the Johnson County Farmers Market Board of Directors and submitted at the Johnson County Farmers Market annual meeting with input from the vendors. Rules and operating guidelines may be amended,
added to, or deleted from at any time only by majority vote of the Board.
Article Nine -- Compensation and Conflicts of Interest
Except as may be specifically provided for in the Policies and Procedures in effect, no Director or officer of JCFM shall receive any salary, fee, payment, honorarium, or other compensation or thing of value of any kind from JCFM or from any other source as a result of such Director’s or officer’s position or affiliation with JCFM.
No Director or officer of JCFM shall (1) engage in any course of conduct which will result in a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest with JCFM, or (2) take any public position inimical to the interests of JCFM, without the proper express written approval of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee of JCFM.
JCFM Board members may act only as a body, not as individual members. Individual Board members, vendors, and committees cannot act on behalf of the Market unless explicitly authorized to do so by the Board of Directors.
The JCFM shall not hold a Director personally liable for any acts or omission resulting in losses to the JCFM while acting in his or her official capacity, provided the Director acted in good faith and without knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes reliance otherwise unwarranted. A Director shall not divert for personal gain any interest belonging to the JCFM unless the transaction was fair at the time it was entered into and full disclosure of the corporate opportunity is made to the Board, and the Board of Directors or such committee authorized, approved, or ratified the transaction.
Article Ten -- Upon Dissolution of the Corporation
The property of this Corporation is irrevocably dedicated to educational and agricultural economic improvement purposes, and no part of the net income or assets of this Corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or members of the Board of Directors thereof, or the benefit of any private person.
Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, and pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 48-64-101, et seq., all liabilities and obligations of the Corporation shall be paid and discharged, or adequate provisions shall be made; therefore, assets held by the Corporation upon condition requiring return, transfer, or conveyance, which condition occurs by reason of such dissolution, shall be returned, transferred, or conveyed in accordance with such requirements; and all remaining assets of the Corporation shall be disposed of exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, or to such Corporation or Corporations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt Corporation or Corporations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, as the Board of Directors shall determine.
Adopted: December 3, 2009
Amended: October 15, 2020
Mission: Johnson County Farmers Market works to strengthen a sustainable local agriculture and food economy. We do this by promoting food education, engaging in community and economic development and promoting the availability of fresh, healthy local food and agriculture.
JCFM vendors must be local. Local is defined as residing and/or producing in Johnson, Sullivan, Carter and Washington counties of Tennessee, Washington county Virginia, Ashe, Watauga, and Avery counties of North Carolina.
1. The market season starts the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October. We operate from 9:00am until 12:00pm If a vendor has not arrived by 8am, their saved space is subject to being reallocated to another vendor.
3. Vendors must conform to the precepts of a Grant in order to be eligible for tokens associated with that grant, i.e. the JOCO grant specifically dictates that its purpose is to promote healthy eating habits for children. Vendors promoting specific causes cannot use these tokens when selling promotional foods, such as candy, artificially flavored/colored drinks and ices, etc. Products eligible for these grant tokens are subject to the per-confirmation of the Board of Directors.. A bad check charge of $30 will be levied.
3. Vendors must conform to the precepts of a Grant in order to be eligible for tokens associated with that grant, i.e. the JOCO grant specifically dictates that its purpose is to promote healthy eating habits for children. Vendors promoting specific causes cannot use these tokens when selling promotional foods, such as candy, artificially flavored/colored drinks and ices, etc. Products eligible for these grant tokens are subject to the pre-confirmation of the Board of Directors.
5. Produce is defined as vegetables, fresh herbs, fruit, meat, fish, dairy and eggs. At least 50% of produce offered from any vendor must be locally grown or raised. This is for the purpose of being able to offer produce not typically grown in our region (like peaches or avocados).
6. Vendors of prepared foods either brought to the market or made at the market need to have their products labeled as to where they are prepared and contents as outlined in the Food Safety Rules. Raw materials sourced locally as much as possible. The current Tennessee regulations regarding food safety are found on our website JohnsonCountyFM.com.
7. Non-edible products are flowers, plants, personal products, kitchenware and crafts. These products must be produced locally, however the raw materials do not have to be sourced locally. Hemp and hemp products cannot be sold at JCFM.
8. Products not produced by a vendor, or vendors offering services must be approved by the Board in advance.
9. All vendors must indicate the origin of their products. Any misrepresentation can result in expulsion from the market.
10. It is the responsibility of the vendor to assure all regulations are met regarding their offered products.
11. Products for human consumption are not to be displayed on the ground.
12. All vendors must display their name and their farm/business name.
13. Vendors may sell from the backs of their trucks in their space.
14. Each vendor’s space needs to be kept clean and orderly. Please leave the space clean when you leave.
15. Vendors should show professionalism that promotes good communication, respect and the best interests of the market. Disruptive actions may result in suspension from the market.
6. Live animals for sale may be advertised but not brought to the market.
17. Applicable sales tax is the responsibility of the vendor.
18. A scale is provided by the market. Vendors may provide their own. It is the vendor’s responsibility to assure the scale meets the Tennessee Department of Agriculture standards.
19. Vendors will set their own pricing. A vendor may not use the market as a dumping ground by intentional price undercutting.
20. Each vendor is responsible for having adequate weights (at least 24lbs each leg) for their own tent. If you don’t have weights, you may rent them from the market for $2 a set. If you are renting a tent from the market, the weights are included in that rent. Tents with weights are available to rent for $6/day. Tables are available for $2/day. Please arrive no later than 8am if you will be renting a tent or table. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.
21. Vendors will be asked to RSVP via email to the market manager each week for the primary purpose of advertising what will be at the market that week. The sooner you can report your wares, the more publications we can advertise you in. The second purpose is organizing the market tents on Saturday. If a vendor says they will be at the market and does not show up without informing the manager by 7am Saturday morning, the vendor will be charged for that space. If this happens a second time the vendor will have to go before the board to return to the market.
22. While the Farmers Market carries liability insurance, this does not cover liability for individual vendors. It is recommended that each vendor carry their own insurance, which would cover any venue, not just JCFM.
23. All vendors are asked to report their earnings anonymously at the end of the day in order for the market manager to have an accurate account of the total income generated for grant writing purposes.
24. The market manager is responsible for enforcement of the rules and regulations. A vendor not in compliance will receive a written warning the first time. This will be reported to the board. A second offense will result in the vendor being asked to leave. The vendor may request to have the situation reviewed by the market Board of Directors. This will be done within 2 weeks.
25. Vendors are encouraged to attend the various educational programs and workshops hosted by the agencies associated with the Johnson County Farmers Market.
26. All vendors are asked to make themselves knowledgeable of the Emergency Management Plan that is made available by the Market Manager.
JCFM charges an annual membership fee of $10. In addition, JCFM charges a $8 booth fee for each market day during the summer and a $10 booth fee for each market day during the winter.
Yes, we do have a few tables and tents for rent, on a first come first serve basis. Arrangements are to be made with the market manager before Saturday morning.
JCFM does NOT require you to have insurance to sell at the farmers market. However, JCFM encourages vendors to obtain an insurance policy appropriate for their business.
Tennessee Domestic Kitchen Laws allow individuals to sell foods considered non-potentially hazardous. Such as Baked goods that do NOT require refrigeration, jams, jellies, preserves, candy, and dried spices. All foods packaged in a home kitchen MUST be labeled according to Tennessee law. see SP 799 Changes to the Domestic Kitchen Laws Regulating Tennessee's Cottage Food Industry
UT Extension publication W646 "A GUIDE FOR FARM TO CONSUMER EGG SALES IN TENNESSEE" offers a starting point in understanding the requirements for selling egg in Tennessee.
Johnson County Farmers Market does have safety guidelines in place for market participation for our customers and vendors.These guidelines are placed in front of each booth during market hours and ask everyone to keep the recommended distance. We also offer a hand-washing station at the entrance of the market.
Here at Johnson County Farmers Market we allow the customer and vendor to make the decision on whether to wear a mask or not. We respect our customers and vendors and understand their concerns. JCFM does not require the use of a mask in our current Covid-19 guidelines but recommend the use of one.