FAQ

Do you accept Ohio Direction Cards (EBT)?

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Yes, we can swipe your EBT, debit, or credit card at the market information tent on W Dunedin Rd in exchange for tokens that can be spent at producer stalls. We also participate in the VeggieSNAPS program, which provides EBT customers with a $1-for-$1 match up to $10 to be spent on fruit and vegetables.

Are all the market's producers based in Ohio?

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Yes. And all of the food and plants they bring must be produced in Ohio. We believe in "local!"

Does this mean we won't see any Georgia peaches or any asparagus in August?

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Yes! What's brought to market is what's growing in season in Ohio. Some farmers do extend seasons by using greenhouses, high tunnels, and hoop houses.

What does "producer-only" mean?

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It means that everything sold at each stall is produced by the grower or cottage food operation at that stall.

Are all of your farmers organic?

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Some are certified organic, others use organic methods but are not certified. Be sure to ask them how they grow their food.

Since 2015, Clintonville Farmers' Market has provided financial and procedural support to growers who wish to pursue organic certification. Click here to read more about what it means to be organic.

Who can have a stall at the Clintonville Farmers' Market?

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Producers or growers of food and plants and cottage food operations. In certain circumstances we also have small-scale producers who produce in small quantities in a commercial kitchen or producers with an RFE for a special purpose or producers working in a special area of sustainable local agriculture.

What does that mean? What are the market's guidelines for participation?

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You can download the current guidelines here. Apply online at www.managemymarket.com by January 31st.

What is a cottage food operation?

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Click here to see the definitions and requirements of Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Do you have craft producers?

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Because our market space is limited, we do not have craft stalls. Sometimes, a craft is permitted if the producer has made it from items grown on his/her farm; check the guidelines here.

Do you have space for non-farmers/non-cottage food groups like local businesses, non-profits, or others?

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Because our market space is limited, we assign it to growers, cottage food operations, and special pre-approved producers only.

Who owns the space where the market is set up?

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The market is held on private property thanks to the generosity of the local onsite businesses. Please thank them and patronize them! CFM purchases a seasonal permit for use and closure of West Dunedin, a public street.

May I come to the market and distribute flyers or coupons for my business or organization or request signatures for a petition?

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The market is committed to supporting local producers and promoting local food. Accordingly, market space is reserved for farmers and customers only.

May I bring my dog to the market?

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No. Although we love man's best friend, dogs are not allowed in the market space due to safety concerns. Service dogs, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are always welcome.

Can I play music at your market?

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The market has a limited number of spots for musicians within our boundaries, which are all reserved in advance. If you'd like to be considered, please send us a message and examples of your music through our website. We require that any music you play be your original music or music within the public domain (before 1922). 

Why are producers not allowed to sell before the market opens at 9:00 am?

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Fairness to customers. Our posted, advertised hours of business are 9-noon. If customers come at 11:00 and consistently find producers sold out because they’ve sold early, it's not fair to customers. Fairness to producers. Not all arrive and unload at one time. If some are selling while some are still arriving and setting up, or trying to abide by rules, it's not an even playing field. Safety. All unloading producer vehicles are not moved away until nearly 9:00 a.m. To allow customers to come earlier and earlier is a safety issue. Pedestrians and moving, large vehicles aren't a good mix.


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