Vendor Guidelines

DeWitt Farmers Market 2023           


Contact Information for Market Managers:

           Mary Malcom Brenda Ernzen       

             Cell: 740-707-4631                                          Cell: 563-543-2344 

Work: 563-503-9447                        



Market Location:     Fifth Avenue and 10th Street at Lincoln Park in downtown DeWitt, Iowa


Hours:         Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 18 – October 26


Vendor Fees:    Season Registration: $70

                       Day Registration:        $10


A Registration Card will be provided to registered vendors, and this should be displayed at your stall during market hours.


We strongly recommend business liability insurance for all vendors. We ask for a file copy showing proof of a vendor’s liability coverage. By signing the vendor registration form, THE VENDOR RELIEVES THE DEWITT FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION AND THE CITY OF DEWITT, FROM LIABILITY FOR BODILY INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH AND PROPERTY DAMAGE BY NEGLIGENCE ATTRIBUTED TO THE VENDOR’S PARTICIPATION IN THE MARKET.


Acceptable Products:

Homegrown and local fruits, vegetables, honey, plants, flowers, herbs, home-baked and/or home-crafted products. A local product is grown within a 100-mile radius from the market with signage indicating point of origin. A homegrown product is grown only on your ground and should be so labeled.

Commercial fruits, vegetables, honey, plants, flowers, herbs, and crafted products.  A “commercial product” is grown outside the 100 mile radius and must be clearly marked with point of origin. 

Persons selling non-food items must have an Iowa Sales Tax permit and charge appropriate tax on sales. Vendors are responsible for their own conduct with respect to sales tax.


Visual artists, musical artists, performing artists and community groups are encouraged to join the market. 


State Regulations for Farmers Markets:

Please contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) if you have questions about farmers markets and the regulations. IDALS regulates the sale of animal food.  The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals regulates cottage foods and food licenses.


The following products may be sold at DeWitt Farmers Market:

1. Whole, uncut fresh fruits and vegetables.  All fruits and vegetables must be stored in clean containers in trucks or on tables protected from excessive exposure to flies, dust or other contamination. 

2. Cottage foods, as defined by and labeled according to Iowa Code.

Cottage foods include foods that are prepared in a private residence and do not need to be kept hot or cold for safe consumption. Cottage foods may include home-processed and home-canned food (including jams and jellies) IF they comply with all regulations for those foods.  Baked items must be individually wrapped, but not sealed.

Cottage foods sold at farmers markets must be labeled with: 

a.      Information to identify the name and address, phone number, or email address of the person preparing the food

b.      the common name of the food

c.       A list of ingredients in order of predominance (by weight); 

d.      The following statement: “This product was produced at a residential property that is exempt from state licensing and inspection."

e.      If the cottage food contains one or more major food allergens, an additional allergen statement must be included on the label identifying each major allergen contained in the food by the common name of the allergen;

f.        If the food is home-processed and home-canned pickles, vegetables, or fruits permitted under this section, the date that the food was processed and canned.

Informational guidance on the cottage food industry may be found at

         3. Foods that are prepared, packaged, and labeled in a licensed establishment that                need to be kept hot or cold for safe consumption (packaged meat, poultry, and dairy   products, or packaged soft pies, cheesecakes, or cream-filled pastries

Food that is prepared in a licensed food establishment or food processing plant must be labeled at a minimum with:

a.      Product name;

b.      A list of ingredients in order of predominance (by weight

c.       Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. Unless the name given is the actual manufacturer, it must be accompanied by a phrase which states the product is “manufactured for” or “distributed by”;

d.      Net weight or volume;

e.      Allergen information;

f.        Nutrition labeling information is required unless exempt.

4. Fresh, wholesome shell eggs.

5. Honey (Please note: Products containing honey need to be individually evaluated).


The following products may be sold at DeWitt Farmers Market ONLY WITH appropriate licensing from local, state or federal authorities:

1.      Unpackaged foods that are temperature-controlled for safety (meat, poultry, dairy products, cooked or prepared foods, soft pies, custard-filled products, cream-filled products.

2.      Cooked meat dishes, sandwiches, beverages, and other foods intended for immediate consumption. 

Informational guidance on licensed food establishments is available at

3.      Raw meats,

4.   Wild-harvested mushrooms.

5.  CBD/hemp products.

6.  Animal food/treats.


The following products may not be sold at DeWitt Farmers Market: 

1.      homemade butter, raw milk

2.      living animals


Normal Market Operation:


Begin setting up no earlier than 3 p.m. on market days. Vendors arriving after 4 p.m. may be assigned a stall at the end of the line on 5th Avenue. You may begin vending at 3:30pm.  (There is no opening bell or whistle.)  Please ask customers to wait until you are fully set up and ready to begin. Vendors having a season registration may reserve a stall at the beginning of the season. Those without a reserved stall should consult with the market manager at the start of the market day about where to set up. If a vendor has a reserved stall, and will not be vending on a market day, we ask that the vendor notify the market manager so that the stall may be assigned to another vendor for that day. Normally we ask the vendors to remain open until the market closes at 6:30 p.m. Circumstances may arise wherein the vendors need to leave before 6:30 (ie. selling out, adverse weather, or a family emergency). In such circumstances please consult with the market manager before closing early.


The market managers will monitor weather forecasts and notify vendors as early in the day as feasible if inclement weather expected. The market will be closed if severe thunderstorms or tornado warnings are forecast during market hours. Dangerously high heat index, steady heavy rain, or high winds may also result in closing the market.  When possible, market closing will be posted on KWQC.


Vehicles may be driven onto the grass if sod conditions are not excessively wet or dry. We want to prevent tire ruts on the grass in the park. Consult with the market manager on this matter. Take care to provide weights for canopies to secure them from blowing away. In gusty wind conditions we recommend setting up without a canopy. Be sure to put refuse in trash containers upon leaving. After unloading, please park your vehicle in other parking spaces than those right in front of the market on Fifth Avenue so that shoppers can park near the market. 


Pricing of products is at the discretion of the vendor. Provide signage to indicate prices to make shopping more convenient for the shopper. 


Smoking is prohibited in the park. If you smoke, you will be required to go across the street into the parking lot or confine the smoke within your vehicle.