The Jury Committee process has been changed for the 2016 season.
Jury Process and Guidelines
If you are a new vendor or returning vendor with new product(s), review the categories below to determine which process you need to follow for jurying your products. Products only need to be juried one time to qualify for sales in all SSM managed Markets.
New Vendor Orientation Dates: ** March 18th @ 10:00 am ** March 23rd @ 5:30 pm ** March 28th at 5:30 pm **
Email Lisa Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for one of these meeting. New vendors starting the market after these dates will receive the orientation information via email or met with individually.
All products for sale must be accepted by one of the 3 Market Jury Committees prior to selling at the Market. The Board of Directors will have the final decision on appeals as to the appropriateness of any item offered for sale at the Market. New items introduced by an existing vendor outside of their normal product lines will need to be approved, in advance, by the Jury Committee, prior to being displayed and sold at the Market. Items brought to the Market for sale that have not been approved by the Jury Committee must be removed from the vendor’s booth immediately.
Arts & Craft Products:
Applicants with products that fall into the Arts & Crafts category will be provided an email address to submit their photos and vendor statements for review by the Arts & Crafts Jury Committee. The members of the Arts & Crafts committee will meet as needed with the majority of the business being conducted online.
Products falling into this category must be of high quality and exclusively handmade by the person selling them. While Artists/Crafters may utilize some commercially available products in their final work, the commercial aspects must be secondary and obscured by the overall creativity and hand-worked value of the piece.
Products must be of original design and execution solely by the artisan/crafter. In addition, products must highlight the skill, craftsmanhip, time and ability of the artisan. It must be about the artisan’s original design versus components. No items which are simply constructed of two or more commercially available parts and offered as a completed piece will be allowed. No items produced from kits are allowed.
Criteria for jurying include overall Quality, Skill, Vendor Statement with Photos, and Market Enhancement of handmade products. Products must be safe, have a reasonable life expectancy, and should be an asset to the Market aesthetically.
No purchased raw materials or commercially prepared products may be sold, unless significantly transformed through handcrafting to create original quality work by the vendor. No products made from reproductions of artwork not created by the vendor or commercially manufactured clothing, unless substantially altered and enhanced by the vendor will be allowed.
Applicants with products that fall into the Growers & Producers category will have their products reviewed by the Growers Advisory Team (GAT) Jury Committee. The members of the Growers Advisory Team will establish a meeting scheduled to review new applications to our markets for nursery, produce, cut flower, fruit and berries. All business conducted by this committee will be primarily online.
New vendors from our immediate area, Marion, Polk and Linn/ Benton will be given preference over vendors from areas which are further from our markets. The only exceptions will be products not available from our local area. Examples could include; seafood and possibly some fruits and vegetables. All products must be grown and sold by the vendor.
Any grower found to be claiming certifications such as "Organic" who cannot produce documentation to substantiate the claim must remove the product(s) and may not market it at any SSM venues as organic until or unless documentation received in the office. Wild crafted products (salal, fern, Huckleberries, mushrooms, etc.) are allowed with a commercial forager’s license or written permission from the land owner. This documentation must accompany the application.
Prepared/Processed Foods(hot prepared, processed/packaged, dairy, bakery, confectionery, beverages or any edible foods)
Applicants with products that fall into the Prepared/Processed foods category will have their products reviewed by members of the Prepared Food Advisory Team (PFAT) which will meet to review returning vendors with new products or new applications to our markets for hot prepared foods, processed or packaged foods, dairy, bakery, confectionery, beverages, or any edible products. All business conducted by this committee will take place primarily at the market house.
After submitting application and paying the application fee, go tot the SSM website link at http://www.meetme.so/schedulejuryapptmt to schedule a jury appointment. Applicants should be prepared to answer specific questions about their ingredients, method of preparation, food safety considerations or provide illustrations regarding their production process posed by Jury Committee members.
All food vendors will be required to provide a sample menu and source of ingredients, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and required to provide to the jury, a taste sampling of two or more of your menu items.
Prepared Food vendors must submit samples to the jury committee that are representative of their overall product line. Prepared food vendors will be contacted with details of jury requirements.