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Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday
9 am to 5 pm

  Sampson Farmers Market Vendor Application

Operating Guidelines

Mr. Homer Marshall, Executive Director of the Sampson Community Development Corporation, spearheaded an effort three years ago to utilize the Clinton City Market by having a local Farmer’s Cooperative (Co-Op) sell locally grown produce during the annual harvest season.  

In 2012, the Co-Op built several greenhouses that will help gardeners extend their growing season. The expectation is that there is a market for homegrown organic produce and that the community has a committed interest in supporting their local farmers. 

This year we are proud to announce multiple initiatives to generate increased interest for vendors to participate and consumers to patronize the Sampson Farmers Market.  A volunteer committee was formed in January 2013 and has been meeting weekly in an effort to boost the success of the 2013 market season.  This year the market will not only include fresh and organically grown produce but some selected processed foods and craft items will also be available.  The Sampson Farmers Market is a venue for these individuals to sell their handmade and home grown goods directly to consumers, to educate consumers about local farming and seasonal eating, and to encourage businesses to use and promote the use of locally-grown ingredients and locally-made products. We are working diligently to provide a wide variety of produce and products to meet the needs of the community.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Farmers Market Co-Op, please contact Mr. Homer Marshall at 910-594-1277.

Market Manager – Audrey Whetten, Planner, Clinton-Sampson Planning Department
Janna Bass, Executive Director, Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce
Mason Tarr, Co-owner, The Ashford Inn
Tina Hutchins, Member
Carol Mirelez-Monk, Member
Faith Alley, Member

If you are interested in joining the Sampson Farmers Market Committee, please contact Audrey Whetten at or 910-299-4904.

Please submit your application as soon as possible by mail (PO Box 199, Clinton NC 28329), fax (910-592-4261), email (, or in-person delivery (227 Lisbon St, Clinton NC 28328).

Your application will be reviewed by the Farmers Market Committee and you will be contacted within three business days of the receipt of your application.

Application and Fees
Vendors are required to complete the Hold Harmless Agreement and Vendor Application. There is no fee required for vendors to participate in the Sampson Farmers Market during the 2013 season.

Hours and Days of Operation
The Opening Day is May 1, 2013. Market hours are Wednesday from 9 am - 1 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm, through the end of October. Sales will not begin prior to the official opening time and will end promptly at 1 pm on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Vendors are strongly encouraged to remain at the market for the full duration of operating hours.

Display Area
Spaces are approximately 10’ x 10’. The vendor is responsible for providing any display items, including tables and chairs. If a vendor is not located under the market structure, they may set up a tent not to exceed 10’x10’ in dimensions.

Spaces will be designated by the Market Staff and communicated to the vendors prior to each market day.

Set-up and Unloading
Set-up and unloading shall take place between 8 am and 9 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Vehicles must be moved to an approved parking location immediately after unloading.

Vendor Requirements
All vendors must complete the Hold Harmless Agreement and Vendor Application listing the types of products to be sold during the season. Producers may sell farm, food, and craft products including but not limited to: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, cut flowers, plants, cider, jams, jellies, relishes, honey, canned goods and baked goods.

Produce and Processed Food Vendor Eligibility: At least 75% of the value of the products offered each market day must be grown or produced by vendor and/or in Sampson County. Any vendor claiming to sell organic produce must be certified according to USDA standards and able to provide proof of USDA organic certification. The vendor or vendor’s agent must be present at the vendor booth during operating hours.

Craft Vendor Eligibility: All non-food merchandise must be handmade. At least 75% of the merchandise at a craft vendor’s booth must be handmade by that vendor. Please submit at least two photos of the proposed handmade merchandise with your application. The vendor or vendor’s agent must be present at the vendor booth during operating hours.
No flea market or yard sale items shall be sold at the market.

Limited electrical outlets are available. Electricity is available on a first come, first served basis.

Vendors are strongly encouraged to display the name of their business and the prices for products being sold.

Each vendor is responsible for cleaning all trash and waste within and around their allotted space. Trash containers will be provided on-site for end of the day clean-up.

Licenses, Inspections and Hold Harmless Agreement:
It is the responsibility of each vendor to abide by all state and federal regulations which govern the production, harvest, preparation, preservation, labeling, or safety of products offered for sale at the market. (This includes USDA organic certification.)

All vendors are required to secure proper licenses and inspections for their products, and to provide this information with the Application. The City of Clinton and the Sampson Farmers Market are not liable for any non-compliance with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture or the Sampson County Health Department.

Applications will be considered incomplete if the attached Hold Harmless Agreement is not signed and returned with the application form.

A vendor, customer, or the Market Manager may submit to the Farmers Market Committee a complaint against a vendor where there is reason to believe a violation of market policies exists. The identity of the complainant will not be revealed. Vendors are urged to initiate a complaint when they witness an infraction of market policies.

Violations of any of these rules as discovered by or reported to the Market Committee will result in a verbal warning to the offender for the first offense, a written warning and two market days (one week) suspension for a second offense, and removal from the market for the third offense.

To report a violation, contact Audrey Whetten at 910-299-4904,, or 227 Lisbon St (Monday-Friday, 8:30-5 pm).

Appeals can be made to Mary M. Rose, Clinton-Sampson Planning Director, at 910-299-4904 or

No pets are allowed on the market premises except service animals and approved pet adoption agencies such as the Sampson County Animal Shelter.

All authorized vendors participating in the Sampson Farmers Market shall be individually responsible to the City for any loss, personal injury, deaths, and/or any other damage that may occur as a result of the vendor’s negligence or that of its servants, agents, and employees. All vendors hereby agree to indemnify and save the City harmless from any loss, cost, damages and other expenses, including attorneys’ fees suffered or incurred by the City by reason of the vendors’ negligence or that if its servants, agents and employees; provided that the vendors shall not be responsible nor required to indemnify the City for negligence of the City, its servants, agents or employees. No insurance is provided by the City of Clinton to participants in the farmers market.


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