This local vendor-centric pop-up market is a fundraising event for Celebrate HARVEST, with all vendor fees going to the local nonprofit and helping support its cause of preserving family farms through non-traditional farming events/activities.
WHAT: There is room for up to 25 10×10 vendor booth spaces (and the spaces are going fast!) at $35/night or $60for both nights. Booth set up will be on a lawn that borders the haunted woods (between the jump pillow/pedal cart track and the haunted woods cornfield). Load-in can be on Thursday afternoon after 2:30 pm or Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday morning(s) before 9 am (set up by 9 am). Vendors are welcome to leave their tent/items at the farm overnight during that weekend, but Maris Farms/Celebrate HARVEST will not be responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged goods. Vendors can also choose to load out each evening, but must set up the next morning before 9 am for that evening’s market. There is no power so you may want to bring your own portable power source if you need it. View the vendor load/unload area and where vendor booths will be set up.
WHEN: The plan is for the evening of Oct. 28th, 29th and 30th, 7 pm to approx. 11 pm (depends on how long the Haunted Woods is running) during evening festivities at Maris Farms. As this is a Halloween event, we are looking for dark, unusual, creepy, creative and Halloween-themed vendors to participate. This will be an outdoor market, so please be prepared for cold/uncooperative weather with walls and weights, as well as all the Halloween decorations/lights you can manage.
WHERE: Maris Farms, 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley WA 98321.
WHY: The intention of the Dark Market is twofold:
1) to help raise funds for Celebrate HARVEST accomplish its mission of preservation of family farms by inspiring and financially supporting the future of experiential farming, both with future farmers and current farmers. Celebrate HARVEST will do this by helping fund field trips to experiential farms for those who might not otherwise be able to afford them and to provide continuing education awards to those who want to pursue any aspect of experiential farming. And, it’ll help fund, build and manage non-traditional farming events/activities (like the DARK MARKET) for present-day farms.
2) to offer another unique opportunity for friends and families visiting Maris Farms to create memories while experiencing the evening festivities Maris Farms offers its thousands of guests in October. Maris Farms will be offering guests the opportunity to experience its now infamous Haunted Woods (very scary), flashlight corn maze (non scary), many of its Hilltop Playground activities, the pumpkin patch, an expanded and super cute gift shop, as well as expanded dining options and The BARn, an over-21 beer garden like you’ve never seen.
- $35/day or $60 for both days a 10X10 tent
- NO application fee
- Room for approx. 25 vendors (10X10 spaces) along the lane that borders the exit of the haunted woods (between the jump pillow/pedal cart track and the haunted woods cornfield). (see diagram below)
- Applications/forms for interested vendors can be found at Celebrate HARVEST website (www.CelebrateHarvest.com) or Maris Farms website (www.MarisFarms.com) on its haunted woods link.
- Vendor applications/forms submitted less than 7 days before the market begins, will be subject to a late fee. The Health Department will not accept Market Vendor Applications from uninvited vendors (this is for food-related vendors).
- Food vendors will not be allowed to sell prepared-food products, but only in take-home format (pre-packaged and not consumable while on-site). Any “sampling” must also be pre-packaged and done so in accordance with Pierce County Health Dept. rules/regulations/standards as it pertains to Covid-19 restrictions (you can call 253.649.1703 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
- Maris Farms gift shop, kettle corn stand, concession stands (Farmers GirLL, Smoke House, Sweet Shop, Espresso stand and possibly the DogHouse) and beer/wine tent (called The BARn) are all expected to be open.
For information, contact Rachael Czerwonka at 253.569.7628 or email@example.com OR Steve Templeman at 253.377.3574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.