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Vendors must submit a list or details of products with their application form. Products sold at the DWFM must be GROWN, MADE, BAKED, or PRODUCED by the Vendor or be an artisanal Canadian product that is not readily available in grocery stores. The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market is a space for locally created foods and artisanal Canadian products. As such, only vendors who are selling bona fide locally created or produced foods, artisanal products, or similar products will be permitted. Exceptions may be made Not for Profit Groups on a case-by-case basis, with first preference given to Not for Profit Groups located within the Downtown Windsor BIA’s business district. If you represent a Not for Profit Group, see the section titled “Not for Profit Groups” below. Management of the DWFM reserves the right to ask any Vendor to remove any product or item from sale at any time during the season.
All vendors must:
Each approximate 12 x12 space is numbered on the pavement/ground. Vendors will be assigned a location by number on the date of the Market. When possible, each Vendor’s location is kept permanent based on the following guidelines:
Vendors are responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses, permits, inspections and certifications for the sale of their products. This includes health and safety, labeling, etc. All persons handling food must maintain a high-level cleanliness. Vendors who are selling food should consider contacting the Health Unit prior to committing to the DWFM to ensure compliance. Food Handling and Food Safety Courses are offered throughout the year and even online. The DWFM is not responsible for Vendor Registration with the WECHU. Vendors who cannot follow Health Unit regulations will be asked to leave the DWFM (without refund) and/or asked to restrict the content of products brought to the DWFM for sale.
Vendors wishing to sell alcoholic beverages of any kind are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance that includes (i) occurrence based and (ii) cross liability coverage of at least $2 million, and (iii) liquor liability coverage of at least $2 million. Vendors must add the following entities as additional insured:
Downtown Windsor BIA
484 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ON N9A 4K9
The Corporation of the City of Windsor
403 – 400 City Hall Square E
Windsor, ON N9A 7K6
The Officers & Directors of Farmers’ Markets Ontario
Farmers’ Markets Ontario
54 Bayshore Road
Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
Vendors who do not comply with the above will be unable to sell their wares at the Windsor Farmers’ Market.
Each Vendor’s business name must be clearly displayed. All prices must be clearly marked and displayed prominently. Prices should not be altered during the day unless through verbal negotiation with customers. Signage and vendor presentation is very important. All vendors should strive for an attractive public appearance. DWFM provided COVID-19 precautionary signage should be displayed.
At the DWFM’s sole discretion, signage or messaging which is inappropriate, offensive, or otherwise brings the reputation of the DWFM into disrepute will not be permitted. The GM and/or the DWFM maintain the right at any time to instruct a vendor to remove signage determined to go against this policy, and reserve the right to remove a Vendor who fails to comply with the above.
Windsor – Essex County Health Unit Vendor Application
Windsor – Essex County Health Unit Farmers Market & General Market Organizer & Food Vendor Requirements
If you have any questions about the rules and regulations governing our market’s operations, please contact:
JENNY TAN CPHI(C)
Public Health Inspector | Environmental Health Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
1005 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, N9A 4J8
Ph: 519-258-2146 ext. 1463
The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market is a venue meant exclusively for the sale of food and artisanal items grown or produced in Ontario. Selling bona fide locally created or produced foods, artisanal products, or similar products are the Market’s central purpose.
On occasion, reasonable accommodations may be made for certain not-for-profit groups that are existing members of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association and who’s purpose serves to represent the economic and social interests of all Downtown Windsor member businesses. This accommodation is not guaranteed and the DWBIA has the right to refuse any and all Not for Profit Groups at its discretion.
Preference will be given to Not-for-Profit Groups based in the Windsor-Essex area first. To apply for accommodation as a Not-for-Profit Group, prospective vendors must adhere to the followings steps:
At their discretion, the GM and the Downtown Windsor BIA may deny further access to the Market to any individual or organization unable to comply with the above rules. As stated above, local not-for-profit organizations who are members of the DWBIA may be allowed to participate in the Market in order to promote special events or conduct fundraising activities at the full discretion of the GM and/or the DWBIA; however, all such activities are to be confined to areas within the Market as designated by the GM and/or the DWBIA. Failure to abide by this will result in the vendors’ forfeiture of their spot.
Farmers Market Policy