Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T. is hosting Sunflower Days FARMERS MARKET @ MARIS FARMS in Buckley, WA. | July 23rd/24th, July 30th/August 1st and August 6th/7th

WHO:Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T. is hosting its second annual Sunflower Days POP-UP/FARMERS MARKET @ MARIS FARMS in Buckley, WA.

WHAT: The Farmer’s Market is a fundraising event for Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T., with all vendor fees going to the local nonprofit and helping support its cause of preserving farms by inspiring and financially supporting youth to pursue the agritainment industry and present-day farmers to supplement their commodity farm-driven revenues with non-traditional farming activities and events.

WHEN: The plan is for July 23rd/24th, July 30th/August 1st and August 6th/7th. Farmers Market vendor times are planned for 10 am to 5 pm. Vendors can set up from 7:00 – 9:30 am and break down after 5 pm using vehicle. If/when setting up and/or breaking down, you must use your own cart or a Maris Farms wheelbarrow to load items and can use the area between the kids’ courtyard and corn room barn for access. A “vendors area load/unload” sign will be set up. Please click link to view the vendor load/unload area and where vendor booths will be set up.

WHERE: Maris Farms, 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley WA 98321.

WHY: The intention of farmers market is to help raise funds for Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T. as well as promote experiential farming, aka agritainment/agritourism and the preservation of family farms. The Sunflower Days event is intended to offer another unique opportunity for friends and families to create memories while choosing their favorite Sunflower blooms, one of 12 varieties this year. Maris Farms will include many of the 3+ dozen activities throughout the farm, including the kids’ courtyard, the low ropes challenge course, human foos ball, trike racing course, tetherball, ziplines, jumping pillow, barnyard ball zone, conk the crow and an exciting new mega-huge slide! You’ll also enjoy a beautiful gift shop and plenty of food options as well as our expanded BARn to enjoy a cool refreshing beverage.

VENDOR PRICING/DETAILS:

  • $30 per day for vendors to participate in the farmers market event with a 10X10 tent space at the fish/cow feeder (8 spaces available) and pumpkin scale areas (10-16 spaces available).
  • $40 per day for vendors to participate in the first-time farmers market event with a 10X10 tent space under the Maze Barn area (6 spaces available)
  • Room for approx. 25-30 vendors
  • $25 application fee
  • Location of farmers market is smack dab in the middle of farm by the old cow feeder/fish pond, in the graveled area near the pumpkin scales AND inside the Maze Barn.
  • Applications for interested vendors can be found at Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T. website (www.CelebrateHarvest.com) or Maris Farms website (www.MarisFarms.com) by no later than April 1, 2022.
  • Vendor applications for those sampling/selling food items that are submitted less than 14 days before the market begins, will be subject to a late fee. The Health Department will not accept Farmers Market Vendor Applications from uninvited vendors.
  • Food/Beverage vendors will be allowed to sample their products, but must do so per Pierce County Health Dept. rules/regulations/standards as it pertains to Covid-19 restrictions (you can call 253.649.1703 or e-mail food@tpchd.org for details).
  • Food/Beverage vendors will not be allowed to sell prepared-food products, but only in take-home format (pre-packaged and not consumable while on-site).
  • Maris Farms gift shop, kettle corn stand, concession stands (Farmers GirLL, Smokehouse and Moody Cow) and beer/wine tent (called The BARn) will all be open.
  • Several acres and 12 varieties of Sunflowers planted at the farm, which should bloom mid to late July. The Sunflower fields will be for picture-taking only (no cutting of flowers allowed by visitors), but there will be some pre-cut/harvested Sunflowers available for sale at the field site itself as well as the Maris Farms exit.
  • For information, contact Rachael Czerwonka at pixiespotions01@gmail.com or 253.569.7628.

More Important Details

  • Covid Rules: None at this time
  • Vendor check-in/info packet pick-up: All vendors are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to designated set-up time (no later than 10 am), to check in and pick up their vendor welcome packet, which will have information pertaining to this and future farmers markets being hosted by Celebrate HARVEST, your assigned/designated booth space, a farm/farmers market map with vendor space layout, a couple of nice gifts, one vendor ticket for the gift basket drawing that weekend and some other pertinent market details.
  • Set Up times: 7 am – 9:30 AM; you can bring your car to a designated unloading/loading area, but must remove vehicle by 9:30 am and park in main parking lot
  • Market Time: 10 am – 5 PM (you can stay until close if you’d like)
  • Maris Farms Sunflower Days Times: TBD, but most likely 10 am – 6 pm
  • Tear Down: 5 PM – 7/7:30 PM (you can leave your tent and table, but must bring tent down; we are not responsible for any items/products you leave overnight. Cannot bring your car onto the premises until after 7 pm, so will have to bring your items out using your own cart.
  • Booth Clean Up: Vendors are required to maintain their individual selling space in a clean, safe and sanitary manner, including protecting the pavement from drips from any part of the vendor’s vehicle during set up and/or break down. Each vendor is responsible for keeping his/her booth space clean during the market and for complete cleanup of the space at the close of the market. This includes removing any trash or garbage that is generated in or around your booth and sweeping up any product debris left on the ground. Vendors are not permitted to dispose of produce waste, overripe or leftover product or boxes in any on-site garbage cans or dumpsters. Vendors must take your garbage off-site/with you. Market trash cans and dumpsters are not available for vendor use. Vendors should bring their own brooms and dustpans. Those who do not clean up at the end of the market will be issued a written warning for the first offense and a $25.00 fine for a second offense. A third offense is grounds for termination of a vendor’s permit to sell.
  • For information, contact Rachael Czerwonka at pixiespotions01@gmail.com or 253.569.7628.

DETAILS PERTAINING TO SUNFLOWER DAYS EVENT:

SUNFLOWER DAYS AT MARIS FARMS: featuring many of the fantastic activities experienced by visitors during the fall as well as some NEW ones that are sure to delight. Included w/admission (ONLINE: $TBD ages 3-12, $TBD 13 & older; ON-SITE: $TBD ages 3 and older): brand new GIANT MEGA SLIDE, hay rides, tube slides, trike race track, limited kids’ courtyard, jump pillow (if covid-restrictions allow), wall mazes, color change maze, human foosball, gaga ball, zip lines, etc., roller bowler, a tiny-tot zip line, the Feeds Mill Ropes (challenge) Course, picture-taking opportunities galore with a first-time tulip field and, of course, tons of cuteness with furry and feathered babies (and adults) – goats, piglets, ducklings, chicks, lambs and calves at the very least and a few more furry surprises. There will also be a first-time farmers market (hosted by nonprofit Celebrate H.A.R.V.E.S.T.), food available at kettle corn stand and food concession (The Farmers GirLL), our fabulous sweete shop and the newly expanded gift shop. Goat walk feeding stations will be open. A parakeet feeding station may be open as well. We will offer photographers 1 day a week to book opportunities to take pictures with their clients. Tickets will go on sale by mid-May, but the ticket page will be active by end of April with a countdown to when tickets are available and a spot to capture emails of those who want to be notified of when they go on sale.

Apply Now to be a part of the Sunflower Days