PLEASE READ OUR WELCOME PACKET IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BEING A VENDOR WITH US. (-:
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WE NEED YOU!
Although we have a great variety of vendors who offer a wide variety of high-quality wares and/or helpful services for the local community, we’re still growing our Market so we’re looking for new vendors who can offer some additional value.
What We Need:
- Produce Growers – Meat Vendors
- Specialty Goods/Services
If you know of anyone who may be interested, be sure to let us know!
Laura – 520-678-8655
UPDATE – September 14th: (I sent this email out to our vendors a few weeks ago… Trying to keep everyone updated on our market! (-:)
This November will market the end of our 3rd year as the Sierra Vista Community Market. Our 1st year we were in a location where it was very hard to find us (behind Target, Sierra Vista United Church of Christ). We struggled every day. When we moved to Veterans’ Memorial Park in November of 2013 we were extremely excited! and 2014 ended up being a pretty good year for us. This year we seemed to have slowed down a bit. I attribute this slow down to losing a couple of our food vendors (i.e. expanding so no time to do markets, not having enough people to man a booth) as well as economics.
And know that we’re not the only market that’s been slow lately. I checked with a number of different markets in the area and all of them are experiencing less traffic than usual lately. Even those in Tucson.
So… I’ve been doing my best to place a large focus on food once again, and people are responding, so good news! I’m starting to get regular customers coming back to buy the produce I’ve been picking up at the farmers market on Thursdays. And we’re still seeing lots of new faces, also good news.
We’re also getting more people asking about how to be a vendor with us, including a healthy dog treats vendor, so excited!
A Few Things:
- Think of the market like a mall. I’m doing my best to bring in the general public but you have to market to bring in your customer base. I do my best to hold a lot of events and I also do a lot of promotions in order to bring in a variety of people, but I can’t emphasize enough on how important is for you to create a way to market to your customer demographic.
- Because we hold the market every week, people won’t come back every week unless they have a reason to. Give them one! (-:
- A reminder that we’ll be moving to the grassy area sometime in November (through March/April), where the Farmers Market sets up.
- Invest in a banner! You can put it on Fry Blvd, where there’s constant traffic…
- Gary of San Pedro River Valley Salsa had his second and third best selling day at our market, and he’s been selling for 10 years. There’s many more examples…
There’s a lot of great info in this training manual put out by Baja AZ. Hope it helps!
Saturday Market vs. Thursday Market
Sometimes people ask why the Thursday Farmers Market is busier than our Saturday Community Market. It’s because the Farmers Market has been in business for 10 years now, and has created quite the loyal following over the years. We’ve only been in business for 2 1/2 years now, so we hope to also gain a large following so we can one day be as busy as the Farmers Market is now.
Our Current Veterans’ Park Location
A quick update about our location: Although we’re right in the middle of Veterans’ Memorial Park so it’s truly easy to find us, we’ll be setting up where the Farmers Market sets up on Thursdays from October or November through March or April. This will make as even more visible from Fry Blvd, so hoping to bring in new business. Yay!
Tupperware & Avon!
The Sierra Vista Community Market will now be allowing those who are selling Tupperware and Avon to attend the market. We will also be taking other MLM ventures into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Because we place a large focus on homemade and handmade items we didn’t allow these types of businesses in, but because we’re really looking to accommodate a wide variety of options for the Sierra Vista community as well as surrounding communities, we decided to loosen our restrictions a bit.
If you’re interested in vending with us and have a MLM business, or any other type of business that you think would be an asset to the community, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks!
We’re so glad you decided to visit our website!
The Sierra Vista Community Market moved to its new location on December 7th, 2013!
– Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.
The Community Market is held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and is a place where everyone can go to find a variety of fresh foods, homemade crafts, specialty wares, local services, fresh chicken and duck eggs, locally-grown produce, homemade jellies and jams, original jewelry designs, fresh pastries, homemade soaps, custom walking sticks, local honey, handmade leather goods, and much more!!
Stay for lunch, listen to local entertainment, play some games, have some fun!
Welcome to the Sierra Vista Community Market!.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.”