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2017 Twilight Market Vendor Selection Criteria

Downtown Gloversville’s summer Twilight Market is a place to buy delicious local food and artisan goods in a festive community atmosphere. We are working with the community to build a future in which Downtown is once again an integral part of the City’s cultural landscape.

The Twilight Market is committed to creating a diverse marketplace with locally produced products of the highest quality. Although the Market will not be bound to apply a particular set of selection criteria in every instance and must reserve unconditional discretion to accept or refuse anyone as a vendor, the Market considers many factors when evaluating vendor applications.

General

  • All vendors must be producer-only, meaning that the products they or their employees sell at the market have been produced locally by the vendor and/or grown on land they own and/or operate.

Product quality, presentation and customer service

  • Consistently high product quality: fresh and flavorful
  • Clean and attractive displays
  • Courteous, strong customer service and knowledgeable staff
  •  Foster a connection between the vendor and the consumer

Conduct and compliance

  • History of compliance with market rules and federal, state and local regulations
  • Positive vendor conduct toward customers, fellow vendors, market staff and volunteers
  • Timely submission of application, fees, licenses and other market correspondence

Labeling/packaging

  • Legal requirements (weight, ingredients, etc.)
  • Low environmental impact
  • Aesthetics

Food safety

  • Adheres to the highest standards in production and handling

Product balancing

  • Products that are unique or unusual
  • Products not already represented in the market
  • Duplicate products may be denied entry
  • Product not readily available through national distribution channels

Production and distribution

  • Priority will be given to products processed by the vendor over products by a second party or co-packer
  • Product that is distributed nationally may be denied entry

Space availability

  • Admission is subject to space availability

Market needs

  • Product complements the market’s mission – i.e. demonstrates our direct producer to consumer values
  • Support of local community (participation in local events, etc.)

Agriculture

  • Priority is given to those regional farmers and producers who bring product to market that is 100% grown and harvest on farmland in and surrounding Fulton County, New York, that they own and/or operate.
  • Preference will be given to local producers when space becomes available at the market, without compromising quality.

Artisan quality

  • Unique and handmade of the highest quality

Personal care/cosmetics

  • Ethical sourcing of ingredients
  • Minimal preservatives, only safe synthetics
  • Avoid ingredients from suppliers that conduct animal testing

Processed foods: value-added farm foods, non-farm processed foods and hot food concession

  • Processed food and hot food concessions must be submitted for evaluation unless otherwise stated by market management. Products are evaluated on the following factors:
    • Priority is given to products sourced locally and directly from producers. Vendors are encouraged to source at least 25% of their raw ingredients from local sources.
    • Grown by the processor