Q: What are the dates, hours and location of the South Pearl Street Farmers Market?
A:1400 + 1500 blocks of South Pearl Street (between Iowa and Arkansas)
Sundays, May 9, 2021 – November 14, 2021
Q: How do you choose your Farmers Market vendors?
The selection process takes into consideration many factors including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, grandfathered vendors, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market for everyone.
Q: Do you close during inclement weather?
Our market is open rain, snow or shine and all holidays. We will only cancel during EXTREME weather conditions. We ask that you check our Facebook Page and/or your email for weather updates.
Q: What is the Denver Tax Rate?
The Denver Tax Rate is 3.65%
Q: Can I come to your market and pass out flyers to promote my new business/non-profit organization/charity event?
We wish to provide market customers with a relaxing and enjoyable experience where they can stroll through the market and interact with the market vendors. NO solicitors or distribution/marketing of non-approved products are allowed at our markets. This includes signature gathering for petitions and voter sign-up.
Q: I do not sell a product. Can I set up a booth at your market?
Our market focuses on food and food related items. Informational vendors are not accepted into any of the markets.
Q: I’ve seen booths set up at your market for items that are not on your vendor list or you’ve said you don’t allow in the market. Can you explain?
In order to support the community, the merchants on the street and the Merchant/Neighborhood Associations, we allow brick and mortar stores on the market streets to set up booths and sell their goods at the market. Therefore, you may see a few items that are not on our list. We also have a handful of wonderful “grandfathered” vendors that have been at the Market longer than HobNob has been managing it!
Q: How do I know if I am a good fit for your market?
First and foremost our Farmers Market focuses on providing fresh and wholesome local food and food related products. We also strive to support the communities and surrounding brick and mortar businesses, by having vendors that complement their businesses, but do not directly compete. Please see below.
Our Market is a producers’ market, interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods and will not accept the following items at the markets:
- Crafts outside of businesses on the street
- Overly processed foods
- Nationally distributed packaged foods
- Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
- Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor (there are a few exceptions to this)
- Farmers, growers, ranchers and fishers may be asked to go through a phone interview or site visit before final acceptance
- Hand Crafted Items/Jewelry
Crafted items and Jewelry are ONLY ALLOWED on a VERY limited basis and only at certain markets. Jewelry and Craft items are NOT ALLOWED at the South Pearl Street Market, there will be no exceptions.
Additional Vendor Categories Accepted:
- Flowers and Plants
- Bath and Body
- Green Vendor
Farm products that can be sold at the market include vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, plants, honey, seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
Ready to Eat Food, Beverages and Drinks:
All prepared food vendors must show appropriate Health Department certification to the Market Manager. These permits must be displayed in public view during Market hours. All prepared food processor equipment/trailers must comply with Denver County Health Department regulations.
Baked Goods and Other food items:
Our markets accept certain value added items which are grown and/or made by the vendor such as baked goods, preserves, cheese, sausage, and smoked meats. All processed foods must be appropriately labeled with product name, ingredients, net weight, price, vendor’s name and address. We encourage sampling of your products to our patrons. The Colorado Cottage Foods Law: Passed in 2012 allows for the manufacture and sale of some baked goods without any licensing or regulatory requirements. See this link for more information under the “Guidance on Colorado Cottage Foods Bill” heading. Operating under this law will have a number of requirements that must be adhered to, including education requirements and a cap on the amount of revenue generated. Also these foods can only be sold retail—not wholesale. In order to operate under this law at a temporary event, a vendor must have all their food prepackaged (no open food handling at the event) and labeled according to the requirements in the law (see the link for more info).
Q: What are the seasonal fees?
The South Pearl Street Farmers Market charges a season fee, plus collects 10% of daily gross sales at the end of each market day. There is an additional fee if you need electricity, which is available on a limited basis.
$200 full season, standard size (10×10) plus 10% of daily gross sales
$255 full season, 10×20, plus 10% of daily gross sales
$255 full season, 10×30, plus 10% of daily gross sales (available for Farmers ONLY)
$75 full season, electrical (light poles have been updated!)
$30 drop in fee plus 10% of daily gross sales
$10 Non Profit daily fee + 10% daily gross sales
SPSA Members: no seasonal fee, but 10% of daily gross sales applies
Q: If I have a 10×10 tent but need room on the sides of my booth for patrons to shop, am I considered oversized?
Yes, you are. Please mark that request on the application. If space is available we will do our best to accommodate you. If it is a necessity to your selling, you will be considered an oversized booth.
Q: I want to apply to be a vendor but the deadline has passed, can I still apply? Do you have space available?
We accept Farmer Market applications year-round. After the February 15th deadline has passed, we look at applications on a monthly basis and accept new vendors based on space availability and need. If the deadline has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors to fill any space that may become available.
Q: I have been accepted to be a vendor at another market managed by HobNob. Can I get a discount on the fees?
Vendor fees do not go to HobNob, they go to the neighborhood association or sponsoring organization, therefore we cannot offer any discounts for participation in multiple markets or events. A neighborhood association owns each market that we operate and the role of HobNob Events is to support and coordinate the markets to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. The mission of the market is to raise money for each individual neighborhood association so that they can utilize funds for local improvement projects.
Q: I’m interested in being a vendor at one of your Markets or Specialty Fair at the Market (Health Fest, Pet Fair, Flea Market, etc.). What is the process?
All Market applications must be filled out online. Specialty Fairs have their own applications which can be found under each event listing.
Q: How do I obtain a temporary retail food license?
To obtain a temporary retail food license, you must:
- Complete an Affidavit of Commissary. A commissary kitchen is a licensed, inspected commercial kitchen that is used for food and equipment storage, food preparation, and ware-washing. The affidavit of commissary must be completed by you in conjunction with the commissary operator. If your commissary kitchen is outside the City and County of Denver, the establishment must be currently licensed with the proper regulatory agency.
- Complete the Temporary Restaurant Acknowledgement Letter. This letter specifies requirements pertaining to the operation of your temporary restaurant. Please be aware that in addition to the requirements outlined in the acknowledgement letter, the temporary restaurant shall operate within the rules and regulations of the City and County of Denver Food Establishment Regulations.
- Submit the completed forms to the Denver Department of Environmental Health, Public Health Inspection at 200 W. 14th Ave, Suite 200 via fax at 720-865-5532 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. After review of both documents, an approved Affidavit of Commissary and a copy of the acknowledgement letter will be returned to the operator. A copy of both documents will be kept on file at the Denver Department of Environmental Health.
- Submit the approved Affidavit of Commissary to the Denver Department of Excise & Licenses, located on the 2nd floor at the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, to obtain a Temporary Restaurant License.
For more information on temporary restaurant licenses please visit: Temporary Restaurant License Application
Q: I do not have any photos of my booth to upload for the application, what should I do?
Take some nice photos of your product(s).
Q: How do I apply to be a vendor at a South Pearl Street Festival?
Festivals all have their own application and deadlines. Please check the HobNob website for both. If the deadline for a Festival has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out (sometimes at the last minute) and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors. If you would like to have HobNob Events help with your event please contact Nicole via Email at Nicole@HobNobEvents.com or by phone at 303.734.0718.