FARMERS MARKET FAQS

Q. Where are the Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Markets?

A. Sustainable Sandhills currently operates three farmers markets at Aviator Brewing Company in Fuquay Varina (every Saturday from May 9 to October 24), Carolina Lakes community in Western Harnett County (1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays from May 1 to November 6) and Cape Fear Botanical Garden (2nd and 4th Sundays from May 10 to October 25.

Q. Who may apply to vend at the Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Markets?

A. Any local farmer, artisan or crafter who produces a product within a 100 mile radius of Fayetteville, North Carolina is welcome to apply! We are looking for meat, produce (fruits and vegetables), baked goods, pet foods, jams and jellies, soaps, candles, jewelry, two dimensional and three dimensional art, home goods, fiber crafts, glass and more. Food trucks are welcome to apply for the Carolina Lakes and Cape Fear Botanical Garden markets as well.

Q. I sell multilevel marketing products (Scentsy, Paparazzi, Lularoe, Pampered Chef). May I apply to vend at the markets?

A. The Sustainable Sandhills markets are locals markets, so we do not permit the sale of mass produced goods at this time. We also do not permit resales of commercially produced or branded goods (such as branded sodas and snacks). Thank you for understanding.

A: Vendors must grow, raise or create all of their products within a 100 mile radius of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Vendors who sell edible or consumable products (such as foods, beverages, edible plants, soaps and cosmetics) must carry certain licenses and insurance policies to vend at the markets. Many valuable resources are available from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services HERE.

Q: What is the cost to vend at a Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Market?

A. Every potential vendor must submit an application for $25. We collect a market vending fee at each market. The weekly vending fee is $15 for Aviator Brewing Company and $20 for Carolina Lakes and Cape Fear Botanical Garden. All fees are non-refundable.

Q. Do I have to commit to every market date?

A. No! Vendors may join us for the entire market season or choose specific dates on a rotating basis. Vendors who choose to participate in the entire market season receive a $25 discount when they pay their weekly vending fees in full.

Q. What happens if I cannot attend my scheduled market date?

A. Simply contact the market manager 24 hours prior to the market. We’ll work with you to reschedule your date.

Q. Do the markets open during inclement weather?

A. Our farmers markets are typically open rain or shine. We may close the market due to significant inclement weather events, at the discretion of our market manager and venue manager. Market closures or delays will be conveyed to vendors in a timely manner.

Q. I want to sell my products at the farmers market, but I cannot attend the market in person. Are there any options to sell?

A. Yes! Sustainable Sandhills manages a cooperative for any local producers who wish to participate. We will simply buy your products from you at cost and sell them at a nominal profit at the market. At this time, we cannot accept products that require refrigeration for cooperative sales. More information on the cooperative is coming soon!

Q: What are the requirements to vend at a Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Market?

A: Vendors must grow, raise or create all of their products within a 100 mile radius of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Vendors who sell edible or consumable products (such as foods, beverages, edible plants, soaps and cosmetics) must carry certain licenses and insurance policies to vend at the markets. Many valuable resources are available from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services HERE.

Q: What is the cost to vend at a Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Market?

A. Every potential vendor must submit an application for $25. We collect a market vending fee at each market. The weekly vending fee is $15 for Aviator Brewing Company and $20 for Carolina Lakes and Cape Fear Botanical Garden. All fees are non-refundable.

Q. Do I have to commit to every market date?

A. No! Vendors may join us for the entire market season or choose specific dates on a rotating basis. Vendors who choose to participate in the entire market season receive a $25 discount when they pay their weekly vending fees in full.

Q. What happens if I cannot attend my scheduled market date?

A. Simply contact the market manager 24 hours prior to the market. We’ll work with you to reschedule your date. Only no-shows will be charged a weekly vending fee.

Q. Do the markets open during inclement weather?

A. Our farmers markets are typically open rain or shine. We may close the market due to significant inclement weather events or other emergency situations that prevent occupation of the site by the market, at the discretion of our market manager and venue manager. Market closures or delays will be conveyed to vendors in a timely manner.

Q. I want to sell my products at the farmers market, but I cannot attend the market in person. Are there any other options to sell?

A. Yes! Sustainable Sandhills manages a cooperative for any local producers who wish to participate. We will simply buy your products from you at cost and sell them at a nominal profit at the market. At this time, we cannot accept products that require refrigeration for cooperative sales. More information on the cooperative is coming soon! We are also in the process of developing an online store.