1 HAMILTON, CAMBRIDGE & TE AWAMUTU FARMERS MARKETS CHARTER Updated November 2011
2 Purpose To support and stimulate the profitable trading and business growth of Independent primary producers, hobby farmers, community and domestic gardeners and associated produce value-adders. To provide customers with regular supplies of fresh, locally grown and manufactured food. To contribute to the economic and social development of Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and the Waikato region. To facilitate the community s education in relation to the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating foods within their season and that are produced locally. Supporting Actions The Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu Farmers Markets will support development and growth of small businesses by providing an avenue for the flow of information, courses and conferences that support the development and growth of the stallholders businesses, via our membership with the Farmers Markets New Zealand association. Supporting business growth in the Waikato region through providing a venue, marketing of the Farmers Markets brand and philosophy. Support with ideas and enquiries from potential applicants and providing a low cost entry to business start up. Stallholders are encouraged to educate the customer on seasonality through conversation. The strict rules of stallholders being the grower or producer will enable a unique way for consumers to become educated. The markets will maintain a focus on seasonality, freshness and top quality products. The markets will maintain a preference for foods that are grown locally; as a guide, we aim for at least 80% of the foods on sale and the owners of the food stalls, to be from the local region.
3 Acceptable Products 80% of all products sold at the Hamilton, Cambridge & Te Awamutu Farmers Markets must have been caught, grown, raised or produced locally. Value Added products should be based on local produce. The Markets definition of local is approximately 100km radius or 2hrs drive. An allowance of 20% has been allocated where the base product cannot be grown locally or even in New Zealand but the stallholder has added the majority of value locally. Some examples of this are imported coffee that is roasted, blended and packed locally or baked goods using local ingredients (i.e. meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy etc...) or South Island salmon that is processed, smoked, flavoured locally. This is a food only market the only exceptions are potted plants, cut flowers, compost and wood. The Hamilton, Cambridge & Te Awamutu Farmers Markets aim to be Authentic Farmers Markets as certified by the Farmers Markets New Zealand Association. (FMNZ). To assist in your understanding of stall holder eligibility, please view attached flow chart and explanation. We expect our stall holders to be certified or approved stall holders as per the FMNZ definitions in Appendix A.
4 Product Categories There are two types of stalls; Primary Farm Produce and Value Added Products. All products for sale at the market must have been reared, grown or produced by the applicant named on the application form. The produce must be grown on land that is owned or leased by the applicant. The markets do not permit the purchasing/re-packaging/selling on of finished or imported goods. (See Application Form - Conditions of Entry & Continued Trade) Category 1: Primary Farm Produce This includes products such as eggs, fruit, vegetables, herbs, olives, unprocessed meat and fish, seafood, milk, nuts, grains, honey and potted herbs. Recreationally caught fish or home-killed/hunted meat & poultry, duck etc cannot be sold. Category 2: Value-Added Products This includes products such as oils, wine, jams, preserves, breads, cakes, and desserts, processed meats and fish, butter cheese yogurt, ice-cream and fruit juices in which the most significant ingredient(s) are locally grown, i.e.; strawberry jam is made using strawberries sourced from the region. You may be asked to provide evidence of local content in the product(s) you sell. The stallholder may sell only products that they have listed on their approved application form. Growers of fresh fruit and vegetables will be asked to complete a Seasonal Growers Form every 6 months, listing produce that they intend to bring for sale to the market.
5 Stallholder Categories Members & Not Members This is for those businesses that would like to participate regularly at the market or on a seasonal basis. Members: Hamilton & Cambridge Markets: $40 per market day for a site up to 3m wide by 3m deep or $55 per market day for a double site measuring 6m across by 3m deep. Te Awamutu Market: $30 per market day for a site up to 3m wide by 3m deep or $40 per market day for a double site measuring 6m across by 3m deep After 4 consecutive weeks the 5 th is free. Fees include GST and are nonrefundable once an application has been processed and approved. An annual Market Membership fee of $80 (including GST) for Hamilton and/or Cambridge/Te Awamutu will register your stall with the Council and is payable to Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers Markets Trust. You will be issued with a Trading Permit each year which must be displayed at your stall at all times. Some stalls will also need a Food Permit, issued by the council, which will also need to be displayed. Members also have right to vote and discounts in FMNZ. Not Members: Hamilton & Cambridge Markets: $42 per market day for a site up to 3m wide by 3m deep or $57 per market day for a double site measuring 6m across by 3m deep. Te Awamutu Market: $32 per market day for a site up to 3m wide by 3m deep or $42 per market day for a double site measuring 6m across by 3m deep No Council fees covered,no right to vote,no free week,no discounts in FMNZ Community Table Stall At the discretion of the Trust on a case by cases basis.. Fees The stall fee covers the provision of site space, organisation and marketing of the Hamilton, Cambridge & Te Awamutu Farmers Markets, market assets and day to day operation through the contracted Managers. Fees are reviewed annually by the Trust in accordance of meeting financial obligations including the management, marketing and promotion of the markets. The Site Manager will collect fees from the Stallholders on the day. All the market sites are powered there is an additional stallholder fee of $5 per market day if you require power to operate your stall. You are required to provide your own extension cords, isolating transformers etc.
6 Stallholders are responsible for supplying their own tables/trestles, bags and other packaging and awning /gazebo. Late payment of fees is only permitted by prior arrangement with the Site Manager / Administrator. Unpaid fees will be passed onto debt collection services for action. Hamilton Farmers Market Locations & Times The market will operate all year round. Every Sunday of every month. Official (Resource Consent) selling hours are from 8am until 12 noon which will be indicated by the ringing of a market bell. The market is located in the Sonning Car Park (Wilsons Parking) on 204 River Road, adjacent to the Claudelands Bridge and directly opposite O Neil St, Central Hamilton. Cambridge Farmers Market The market will operate all year round. Every Saturday of every month. Official (Resource Consent) selling hours are from 8am until 12 noon which will be indicated by the ringing of a market bell. The market is on the town centre end of Victoria Square, adjacent to the cricket ground, Cambridge. Te Awamutu Farmers Market The market will operate every Thursday of every month (except Christmas day) during daylight saving hours. Official (Resource Consent) selling hours are 3.30pm to 6.30pm and will be indicated by the ringing of the market bell. The market is located at Selwyn Park, Arawata St, Te Awamutu. Site and Stallholder Responsibilities Clean-up and Rubbish All stallholders must ensure that their stall site and the area that surrounds it is left clean and tidy once the market closes each day. Rubbish bins are provided at the market for customer use only, stall holders are expected to take their own rubbish away with them. Health and Safety
7 All stallholders must trade in accordance with the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 or The Food Act 1981 Specific requirements apply to processed foods and are monitored by the Hamilton City Council / Waipa District Council. The Market Manager can assist with queries during the application process and is responsible for liaison with the Environmental Health Officer who audits the market. The Hamilton, Cambridge & Te Awamutu Farmers Markets are Licensed Food Premises. Therefore, the following applies: Perishable items must not be displayed in direct sunlight. Smoking by stallholders is not permitted within the confines of the market. Animals are not permitted at food stalls or in vehicles used to transport food to the market. All food other than fruit and vegetables must be prepared and prewrapped in a registered premise. No home preparation is allowed. A copy of the current registration certificate for the premises where the food is prepared must be attached to your application. Processed food must remain in its pre-market packaging while on display. All meat and fish must be kept at or below 2 C when being transported to the market and displayed for sale. Shellfish in shells must be kept at or below 10 C. All cheese must be made and pre-wrapped on registered or otherwise approved premises and must be stored below 10 C. Stallholders selling readily perishable food must have a thermometer and be able to demonstrate storage and display temperatures are within the correct zone. Food must be displayed at least 45cm off the ground. No food is to be prepared at the market other than at registered mobile premises. All stall holders selling eggs must have a RMP. Labelling & Signage All stallholders will be expected to comply with the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code, including the requirements to correctly package, label and describe added value goods. Further information is available at or from the Health Protection Officer at the Waikato District Health Board on All organic produce must be certified by the relevant accredited certifying body (e.g. Assure-Quality Organic or OFNZ) and be labelled Certified
8 Organic. Evidence of certification must be provided upon application and displayed at each market. Non-certified produce cannot be labelled and/or sold as organic. All prices (per kilo or per item) must be clearly visible. If selling per kilo, certified calibrated scales must be used. Stallholder details including name, address and phone number must be displayed in a manner visible to the public. Stallholders must display their Trading Permit. Site Safety Stallholders must confine displays and signs to the stall site and keep pathways clear for shoppers. All stalls must be set up by 15 minutes prior to opening and all vehicles* that are not necessary for the display or sale of food must be moved to the off-site stallholders car park. Stallholders must not dismantle their stalls or begin packing up until the close of the market, indicated by the ringing of the bell. No vehicles* are to be moved onto the market site until after the close of the market. Stallholders must take all due care when driving onto, around and off the market site. Stallholders are responsible for maintaining their site in a clean and tidy condition at all times, take their rubbish home and are encouraged to present an attractive site in keeping with the theme of a farmers market. * The stallholder vehicle policy is not currently enforced due to the size of the market, however as the market grows the Market Manager may at any time, order the removal of any vehicles from within the confines of the market Rules of Conduct All stallholders are expected to conduct their business in a courteous and professional manner while trading at the market. The Site Manager has the authority to immediately suspend the trade of any stallholder who disregards the rules of conduct, pending an investigation by the Trust. The following behaviour will not be tolerated:
9 Publicly aired arguments with customers or stallholders or Managers Public swearing Intimidation or harassment Failure to comply with the Site Managers directions Carrying out any activity that is in serious breach of the Market Charter or Conditions of Entry and Continued Trade Carrying out any activity that threatens the markets conditions of resource consent therefore threatening its future viability. Denigrating the market to customers and stallholders during the course of business Please see the stallholder representative if you wish to put forward an official written complaint. Presentation Stallholders will be expected to be neat, suitably dressed and deal with the public in a courteous manner. Products should be displayed attractively, with due regard for consumers and other stallholders. Tastings of products are strongly encouraged. Produce or products prepared or opened for tastings cannot then be sold. Quality of Produce Produce should be picked as close to market time as possible and stored and handled in such a manner as to preserve freshness until the market opens. Stallholders must guarantee against selling unmarketable produce. This includes a requirement to adhere to manufacturers instructions in relation to products used to grow produce or prepare processed goods. For example; the withholding period between use of crop sprays and consumption. Different grades of produce can be sold but these must be clearly labelled as such so consumers are making an informed choice. Genetically modified produce will not be permitted. Auditing
10 An initial physical audit of the business operation of any new prospective stallholder is required prior to their beginning trade at the Market. This audit is to confirm that the product(s) proposed to be sold at the Market are being genuinely grown or produced directly by the applicant and to ensure that the product and the conditions of production meet both local council and food safety regulations. Successful stallholders will be issued with an audit certificate, which must be displayed at their stall. To continue trading at the Farmers Markets all stallholders must consent to an annual audit of their operation and any additional audits that may be necessary to ensure that authenticity / compliance is being maintained, should the Trust feel that this is required. (See Application Form - Conditions of Entry & Continued Trade) Setting Prices Selling in direct competition, for example; price under-cutting of other stallholders, is not in keeping with the spirit of the market. If there are two or more of the same kind of produce, then stallholders should work together instead on developing differences in the produce or explore ways to add value and differentiate their product. The market recognises that consumers maintain the right of choice whilst enabling each stallholder to determine their own price. Stallholders should ensure their measuring scales are accurately calibrated, as per standard trading regulations. Insurance The Farmers Markets are covered by Public Liability insurance which covers injury to the public in the event of an accident. Stallholders are encouraged to seek appropriate insurance cover and to minimise risk to themselves, their employees and their customers. Stallholders trade at the Farmers Market/s at their own risk. Who May Sell? Only the producer, his/her family or employees who are directly involved in production will be permitted to attend the market to sell the produce. If a stallholder is unable to attend a market due to special circumstances, then a representative may be nominated to sell items on the original stallholder s behalf for that period of time but only at the Site Managers approval. The Site
11 Manager must be informed of the change in writing (post, or fax) no less than 24 hours prior to market day. Non-Attendance / Lateness Stallholders are required to give the Site Manager no less than 24 hours notice if they will not be attending the market, so that the manager may rearrange the market accordingly. Stallholders will still incur site fees if timely notice is not given. Stallholders who consistently arrive late to the market will be issued with an official warning. Any continuance may result in suspension of trade or expulsion from the market. Disclaimer of Liability The Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers Market Trust will not be liable for any loss or damage to the property of the stallholders due to fire, robbery, accidents or any cause whatsoever that may arise from use and occupancy of the site. The Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers Market Trust assumes no liability for any damages or losses resulting from or relating to the failure of the stallholder to comply with the provisions of this agreement. Complaints Process Please bring any initial concerns or suggestions to the attention of the Stallholder Representative. Official complaints must be submitted in writing to the Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers Market Trust directly or can be handed over to the Site Manager or Stallholder Representative. Write to: The Hamilton and Cambridge Farmers Market Trust PO Box 4400, Hamilton East Hamilton Written complaints will be tabled at the Trust meeting, which is held at the beginning of each month.
12 The Trust will determine what action (if any) is required in relation to the complaint. The Trust will respond to the complainant (in writing) regarding what actions will be undertaken Stallholders who are the subject of a complaint are expected to fully cooperate with the Trust in relation to the investigation of a complaint or breach of the Market Charter or Conditions of Entry and Continued Trade. The Trust has full authority to revoke stallholders Trading Permit and membership of the market if they are found in serious breach of the Market Charter or Conditions of Entry and Continued Trade or if the stallholder concerned refuses to co-operate with the Trust during its investigation (e.g. refusing to allow an audit). Other Information Resource consent requires that stallholders do not arrive on site and set up their stalls before 6.30 am (2pm in Te Awamutu). Stall layout will be at the discretion of the Site Manager and the Trust in line with the best interests of the Market. A market plan will be kept by the Site Manager and will be available for perusal at the market information stall on market days. The Site Manager reserves the right at any time to alter the size, shape and position of floor plans as may be necessary for the best interests and legal requirements of the market. Sharing of site space may be permitted with prior agreement of the Site Manager. The Trust is committed to ensuring that a broad range of produce is available and the market is not dominated by one particular type and/or variety of product unless they have significant points of difference. The Hamilton & Cambridge Farmers Market Trust encourages all producers to use natural / recycle-able materials to package food, within food safety guidelines, wherever possible. As a matter of governance, this Charter will be reviewed by the Hamilton & Cambridge Markets Trust in April / May of each year, with any new alterations ratified by 30th June (renewal of application start date).
13 Appendices Appendix A Definitions Authentic Farmers Market 1 An Authentic Farmers Market is defined as one which consists of at least 80% certified local stall holders and governed by accepted practices of farmers markets as per the FMNZ charter. That is, a Farmers Market is full of locally grown and sourced food which is being sold by the producer, from a defined region. Certified Local Stall Holder 2 A certified local stall holder is defined as a stall from which a primary producer sells fresh, local produce they have grown or farmed themselves. In addition, a stall holder may sell value added products made from their own or other local produce sourced from the defined region of the market. Approved Local Stall Holder (The other 20%) 3 Allows for flexibility within each market that suits their region. An approved local stall holder is one that cannot become a certified local stall holder due to the nature of their wares, but makes every effort to be as local as possible. For example, a bread maker in Auckland cannot source flour locally, so they cannot become a Certified Local Stallholder. However, if they source their flour from New Zealand rather than Australia, they qualify as an approved stall holder. Another common example is coffee. Coffee beans do not grow in New Zealand. If the coffee seller just sells coffee from outside of his region he is not an Approved Local Stallholder. However, if the coffee seller roasts his own coffee beans, or buys locally roasted coffee beans then he can qualify as an Approved Local Stallholder. Primary Producer The primary producer is the seller and is someone who works on the production of produce, and or family members who have knowledge of the produce. Local Local is defined by each individual market. Generally the catchment is 100 to 200 km radius and is not limited to the geographical boundaries of the countries regions. Value Added A value added product is any product that is not in its original state. For example, a lemon is a primary product; lemon honey is a value added product. Another example, pork is a primary product; bacon and sausages are value added. Milk is a primary product and yoghurt and cheese are value added. Bagging fresh vegetables such as chopped pumpkin is not considered sufficient processing to be considered value added and is still classified as primary produce which therefore must still be grown by the stall holder. Other Local Produce Other local produce means that the value adder does not grow the produce themselves, but sources at least the most significant ingredient directly from a local grower. Most Significant Ingredient That which makes up the highest percentage of the product, or an ingredient that defines the product, for example, strawberries in strawberry jam, or chickpeas in hummus. 1 Please note that the rules of FMNZ do not override the rules of your market. It is up to you to accept or decline stall holder applications. However, to achieve an Authentic Farmers Market status you must meet these rules. 2 We recommend that you incorporate the paper work for certification as part your application process 3 As with all applications, it is up to the market management to decide what they allow the stall holder to sell. In addition, any stall holders that fall under several categories will be considered on a case by case basis as to how they will be classified.
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