The farmers’ market season is underway, and the Union's market is accepting applications for vendors.
Located in the First Baptist Church west parking lot at the intersection of Highways 50 and 47, the market is open Saturdays from 6 to 11 a.m. from April through October.
Assistant City Administrator James Schmieder said the city is trying to revitalize the market with new vendors and offerings.
“We want the market to benefit the community, as well as local growers, farmers and crafts people who want an outlet for their items,” Schmieder said.
The market is free for vendors, but they must register with the city of Union.
Vendors must display products on a table. Tents can be checked out at no cost from the city.
The market currently has a handful of regular vendors, but Schmieder said he would like to consistently have 10 to 20 vendors with a variety of items, such as bedding plants, baked goods, crafts, fruits and vegetables.
Vendors can sell only produce they have grown on their land or on land rented by them.
Crafters may sell only items they have handcrafted.
Value added agricultural products include raw agricultural products grown by the seller that have been processed or any whose sale a government agency regulates. Examples are jellies, jams, oils, vinegars, and soaps. Vendors must make all value added products predominately of material grown or gathered by them.
Live animals, poultry or eggs are not allowed for sale.
Processed products must be individually wrapped, and labeled prior to being brought to the market and must meet Missouri Department of Agriculture and Franklin County health standards.
Vendors must be a resident of Franklin County.
For a full list of rules and regulations, as well as a registration form, visit ci.union.mo.us/living_here/shopping/farmers_market/index.php.