Rules of the Red Hill’s Small Farm Alliance Online Farmer’s Market
All Members of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance Online Farmer’s Market must agree to be bound by the following Rules (which Rules may be modified at any time by the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance) and by applying to become a Member agree to be so bound:
For the Consumer
For the Farmer
- Sellers must reside and produce the items they sell within a 100-mile radius of Tallahassee, Florida.
- Sellers must be the original producer of all items being sold. No buying and reselling of produce or other products are allowed.
- The seller's farm or business must be visited by representatives of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance (RHSFA) before his/her application will be considered for approval.
- Sellers must pay a $50.00 annual market registration fee to the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance in order to be able to participate in the online market.
- Sellers may sell items that they have assisted in growing on someone else’s farm, if that farm has been visited by a representative of the RHSFA and that farm has paid a $50.00 annual market fee and membership in the alliance. Sellers may not buy items from another farm and sell them on the Market.
- Sellers who farm more than one location under the same name must have all locations visited by a representative from the RHSFA.
- Prices must be posted for all items sold.
- Products, which may be sold, include:
- Any vegetable grown by the seller from seeds, sets, or seedlings.
- Any fruits, nuts or berries grown by the seller from trees, bushes, or vines on the seller’s farm.
- Any plant grown by the seller from seed, seedling, transplant or cutting.
- Bulbs propagated by the seller.
- Eggs produced by the seller's poultry and processed in accordance with Florida law. (washed in a certified kitchen and packed in new cartons.
- Honey produced by the seller's bees.
- Fresh (not frozen) baked goods made by the seller. All baked goods must be wrapped and produced in a certified kitchen.
- Preserves, relishes, jams, jellies, etc. and low risk processed foods, made by the seller in a certified and inspected kitchen. No "low-acid" canned foods such as green beans, corn, peas, carrots, etc. may be sold. High Acid or Acidified foods (pickles, tomato products, etc.) may be sold if the seller has passed the FDA certification course. A copy of their certification must be on file with the market manager.
- Fresh cut or dried flowers grown by the seller.
- Fish, meat, cheese, and milk from animals raised on the vendor's premises. and produced in accordance with Florida Law. Raw milk may not be sold through the market.
- All produce must be of top quality. Market manager reserves the right to turn away produce deemed unacceptable.
- All prepared food items, meat, fish, eggs and cheese sold must meet state and local health regulations including the inspection of the prepared foods seller's kitchens by FDACS health inspectors and labeling in compliance with the regulations. Sellers must have a copy of their inspection form on file with the market manager, as well as with them when selling at market. No water or ice that comes into contact with meat or fish may be deposited or allowed to drain onto the market premises.
- All items sold as certified organic must meet the requirements of the National Organic Program. Sellers of certified organic items must have a copy of their certification on file with the market manager as well as with them when selling at market. Only certified organic growers may display signs using the term certified organic.
- No animals may be sold or given away at the market.
- All Sellers are responsible to the ultimate customer for the quality and freshness of all items that they sell.
- Sellers will be made monthly for their products sold. To assist with administrative costs, The Red Hills Small Farm Alliance receives 15% of sales revenue from each participating producer. This amount is reduced to 10% for months in which producer volunteers 4 hours toward Red Hills Small Farm Alliance activities or Market assistance.
- All Sellers, by becoming a member of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance Online Farmer’s Market, agree to indemnify the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance against any liability for any claims or damages resulting from that Seller’s products sold, including all attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance in defending itself from any such claim.
- A service fee of 6% is added to each customer transaction made through the online market to help cover operational costs.