An Invitation for You ~ Become a Vendor in Our Seasonal Store
Clover Valley Farmers' Market, just north of Canadian Tire in Fort Frances is heading into the 8th season for their Market Store. Each season has been better and better! Please view our invitation for you to learn how YOU can become a vendor!
Clover Valley Farmers’ Market Corner Store
One corner of the Market is dedicated to the sale of local products from all over the region. It’s one way to ensure that market visitors get the best selection possible. Some of the products available include:
- Art by Cher: Paintings and gift cards, created by award-winning artist Cher Pruys from Devlin, ON.
- Brule Creek Farms: Stone milled flour and specialty mixes for pancakes, fish crisp, pizza dough, muffins and sugar cookies.
- Buster’s Blueberry Barbeque Sauces: Multi-award-winning BBQ sauce from Vermillion Bay - both hot and mild.
- Chino's: A variety of spaghetti sauces from Thunder Bay.
- HC Creations: Originally from the Fort Frances area, Tara Hahkala-Crawford is well-known for the unique jewellery that she creates.
- MM Creations: Former Fort Frances native, Melanie Matheson provides a charming selection of gift cards, bookmarks and journals from her new home in Thunder Bay.
- Pruys Direct Graphics: Etched glass and decorative garden stakes from Devlin, ON.
- Richard Trivers Wild Rice Sales: Wild rice in 8 ounce and 3 pound packages (Fort Frances, ON).
- Seven Bends Honey Farm: A variety of honey products such as honeyed nuts, honey sticks, jellies with honey, candles and survivor candles.
- Sunrise Meats and Sausage: Fresh pork products from the district's meat processor, located in Barwick, ON.
- Thunder Oak Cheese Farm: Awarding winning Gouda cheese from the Schep family’s Holstein cows.
- Tom Haney Woodcrafts: Featuring everything from recipe holders to lazy susan's to birdhouses.
- A variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farm families.
- A variety of meats when available
A seasonal vendor at the Farmers' Market, Annie and Jan van Rosen are well known for having the first local vegetables at the market. Although new to the market garden business, they now sell over 20 different kinds of fruits and vegetables. They are well known for their unique "salad mix".
Cornell Farms | Visit Website
Cornell Farms is a fifth generation family beef farm. It is primarily a breeding stock business (Red Angus and Polled Hereford cattle) but for the last 15 years has expanded to become leaders in the specialty meat business. Their grass-fed beef line includes specialty sausages, cold meats, all-beef pepperettes, beef and cranberry summer sausage, meat pies, ground beef, beef patties, marinated steaks, and stuffed beef roasts. They are especially known for their wild rice patties and sausages, their blue cheese and pork stuffed roasts. One of a kind recipes using grass-fed beef are their speciality. They also sell grain-finished beef in paks and sides.
Emily's Country Corner
Mary Lois has carved out a niche with her canned vegetables and preserves - everything from locally grown canned carrots to raspberry jam. She also sells her family’s local honey and Sunshine Valley Kitchen’s homemade egg noodles which are always in demand. In the spring, Mary Lois sells plants from the Shady Willow Greenhouse.
A seasonal vendor at the Farmers’ Market, the Loewen’s are well known for their extraordinary hanging baskets and decorative pots. They also have a large selection of perennial, bedding and vegetable plants.
Lowey’s Market Garden and Greenhouse | Visit Website
This family business is in its third generation. It has developed a busy year-round business with perennial and bedding plants available in the spring, fruits and vegetables in the summer and fall, poinsettias’ and other Christmas plants in the winter. The products it sells at the market changes with the season. In the fall, is its ever popular Halloween activity centre. A great place to bring the family to pick out the perfect pumpkin!
Mark Gerber Family Farm
A regular at Farmers’ Markets throughout Northwestern Ontario, Mark’s home base is the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market. Well known for his free-run eggs and abundance of vegetables, you will often find homemade bread and other specialty items at his booth. The Gerber family start attending the market in early July when the vegetables are ready. Before that, you can find their free run eggs and early season fruits and vegetables in the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market Corner Store.
This family business sells a variety of preserves and relishes, and speciality baking such as loaves and fancy cupcakes. Be sure to try their signature products “Thousand Island Relish” and “Melissa’s Banana Loaf”. They also sell a bit of original jewellery, crocheted clothes and hanging towels for all types of decors.
Nighswander’s Home Baking
Nighswander’s baking has been at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market since the beginning. Get there early since there is always a line-up at their booth. Whether it’s their lemon meringue pie (made from scratch) or their seasonal specialities such as strawberry-rhubarb pie, they are one of the more popular vendors at the market. They also sell specialty breads, buns, cookies and squares. Come early for the date squares! They are well-known for their line of sugar-free products.
Rainy River Elk Company | Visit Facebook Page
This family farm business has been operated by Bill Darby and Deb Cornell and their daughters Laura and Shannon since 1995. They have approximately 120 elk on their farm and sell both meat and antler products at the market. Their frozen elk products include steaks, roasts, sausages and patties. Their smoked meats include elk jerky, snack sticks and old-world style summer sausage. Other products include beautiful elk leather goods, gift ware and elk velvet antler capsules.
Rainy River Meats | Visit Facebook Page
As a new retailer in the local meat movement, Rainy River Meats has set up a fresh meat display at the Farmers’ Market as a way to introduce themselves to new customers. They offer a variety of meats and cuts – pork, beef, lamb and even rabbit.
How to Become a Vendor?
Download a copy of the 2015 Vendor Information Package.
2015 Guidelines for Operation
Clover Valley Farmers’ Market (CVFM) vendors must adhere to the following Guidelines of Operation. Failure to do so may result in termination of their rental agreement at the Market.
Hours of Operation
For the 2015 season, CVFM hours of operation will be 9 am to 1 pm each Saturday beginning May 2nd through October 31th. All vendors are expected to be set up and open for business no later than 9 am. No vendor shall close their market stall prior to 1 pm. Late opening or early departure may be cause for a $15 penalty to be assessed against you or, you may, at the Manager’s discretion, lose your stall placement. The Market is open for vendor arrival at 8 am each Saturday and closes for departure at 2 pm.
The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area outside the building.
Vendors are encouraged to design and build the displays suitable for their merchandise and sale, but keeping with a Farmers’ Market theme. One table will be available free of charge for each 8’ by 8’ stall. Additional CVFM tables are $2/week. Outside vendors are invited to use attractive canopies or umbrellas.
Vendor Stall Location
Vendors wishing to locate their stand in a particular area of the Market must apply to do so. Locations will be confirmed on the basis of availability and suitability for that location. The Market Manager reserves the right to determine the best possible placement for any vendor.
The Market Management encourages diversity of products sold at the CVFM. When applying for stall space, vendors are required to outline their Complete line of products they wish to offer for sale. Products not listed by vendors shall not be allowed for sale without obtaining prior permission from the Market Manager.
2015 Vendor Requirements
- Products may not contravene any Provincial or Federal Regulations.
- Vendor space is allocated at CVFM using the following priority guideline.
- Local farm products
- Food products
- Vendors selling their own handcrafted items
- Vendors selling local handcrafted items
- Other vendors
- Locally grown produce must be identified as such. Proper labelling is required. Please refer to the Ontario Farm Produce Grades and Sales Act. All home baking, jams and canning must be labelled indicating name and address of the vendor, the ingredients and a statement of measure. Home canning must be presented in new jars with new rings and lids. Baking and meats must be covered and wrapped to prevent contamination.
- If produce or other products are of low quality or improperly labelled, the Manager may instruct that it be withdrawn from sale.
- Must provide clean, hygienic food and display conditions. Vendors are responsible for sweeping the rented spaces.
- Must be courteous and helpful to all patrons and staff, and should not leave their space unattended.
- Must make payments as required. If you are experiencing difficulty in making payments, please contact Manager to make suitable arrangements.
- Are responsible for your own refuse container.
- Must park in the gravelled western lot. A $15.00 penalty may be assessed for parking infractions.
- Will be held responsible for any damage they may cause to the premises.
- Are asked to use the recommended exchange rate when accepting U.S. dollars (available from the Manager).
- Must notify the Manager in the event they are not able to attend so that alternative arrangements can be made for their space.
- Leaving items inside or outside the Farmers’ Market is done at your own risk. Vendor belongings and goods are not insured by the Market.
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