Fifteen Percent Increase at the Guelph Farmers’ Market

guelph farmers market building signThe City of Guelph is prosing a 15% increase to vendor fees at the Guelph Farmers’ Market for 2016.

With a notice on Saturday, November 7 circulated to all market vendors, the Guelph Farmers’ Market staff relayed the message that the City of Guelph council is proposing a 15% increase to vendor fees effective first market day of the new year. Included in that letter was information that the Vendor Executive and Market Staff along with City Staff including Tourism Department, where the Market now falls under – had suggested an increase around the 5% mark.

Market rates were raised 6% for the 2013 year, so there have been two recent years with no changes.

Sweet Temptations Cupcakery joined the Guelph Farmers’ Market as part-time vendors on Saturday, August 13, 2011. For the last four years, we have been involved in discussions regarding market happenings that include the market relocation summer and the Wednesday market test summers. I (Jakki Prince) ran for the Market Vendor Executive this latest election, and was unsuccessful in being elected to the Prepared Foods Vendor space.

Since founding my business in October 2010, and first retailing at a farmers’ market, nearby Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 23, 2011, I have become a ‘market person’. Sure, I had attended markets many times before, in different cities and of course here in Guelph since I first moved to the Royal City in 2003. As Sweet Temptations Cupcakery became full time vendors in January of 2012 I became more invested in the governance at the Guelph Market. I served on the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market Board of Directors for almost four years.

A Guelph Farmers’ Market 15% vendor fee increase has stirred much discussion at the market amongst vendors and staff. Certainly, I have been reviewing the limited information and chatting about it with my vendor friends. As a small business owner, certainly a spike of this magnitude necessitates thorough review.

What do you think?

I am going as a registered delegate to the City of Guelph Council Budget: Public Delegations meeting at 6:00pm Monday, November 30, 2015. I will be presenting from a vendors perspective and would love to have input from you – the public users of the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Please feel free to email jacqueline@sweettemptations.ca, chat with us online – Instagram and Twitter – @Sweet_T_Cakes and Facebook. Would love to hear from you.

We are not at the Guelph Farmers’ Market this weekend, in our permanent booth space, Jazzz Creations will be there, so please do not plan to speak with myself at the market, as I will be working in the Cupcakery.

See you at the market next week!

 

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2 Responses to “Fifteen Percent Increase at the Guelph Farmers’ Market”

  1. Stacey Hare November 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    What are the fees now?

    • Jakki November 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Fees are based on table space. Different lengths are available from 4′ through the large refrigerated spaces you see meats, cheese and other products in. There are additional fees for electricity. A booth can be as low as roughly $25 and increase from there. The 15% increase would apply to all vendors, regardless of space use, permanent or part time, type of vendor and length of space.

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