Taunton Farmers Market Online Application Pack

Within the pack you will find;

  1. Application Form
  2. Criteria and Rules for Taunton Farmers’ Market
  3. Risk Assessment Form

Please read the criteria and rules before completing the Application and Risk Assessment form. Once you are happy you meet our criteria and understand the rules of the market, please fill in the forms and click ‘Submit’. We will need to see your Public/Employers Liability Insurance and EHO rating before you begin trading on the market.

Once we have received your application it will be discussed at our next board meeting, which takes place once a month, after which we will notify you of our decision.  We may restrict what you are entitled to sell due to products sold by current stallholders.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, or pop along to the market on a Thursday in person.

*Please list all the produce/products you would like to sell. All items must comply with the Market’s Regulations
(appendix 1) You will only be permitted to sell the items you list and may be asked to remove any
undeclared or unauthorised items (use separate sheet if required)
If you change your trade or develop new lines, you are required to complete a new application form for board approval before adding them to your stall. The board will confirm the products you will be entitled to sell.

**To qualify to sell at our certified market, produce can only be sold by the Producers, a Family Member, or an employee directly involved in the production of the goods on sale.

Please read the criteria and rules for the market (below), then complete the risk assessment form at the bottom of the page.


  1. Market stall holders will come from the local area. This area has been set as a 30 mile radius of the market. In the case of difficult to source produce the radius will be widened to 50 miles.
  2. All primary produce sold must be grown, reared, caught, foraged or processed by the stall holder and all secondary produce must be processed by the stall holding business.
  3. The producer or someone directly involved in production must attend each market.
  4. Processed goods must contain as much locally grown/reared/caught ingredients as possible for the product – a minimum of 10%. The market reserves the right to undertake inspection visits and request documentary evidence in line with these requirements.
  5. Each stall holder will comply with all relevant legislation both at their place of business and at the market, in addition each stall holder must have public and product liability of £5 million or greater. Documentary evidence of these requirements will be inspected annually and should be available at every market.
  6. Produce not listed on the stall holders’ application form and approved by the market committee may be removed by the market organiser. An additional form should be completed to add new produce to your range.
  7. If a stall holder changes their business structure/production system or process/location they must inform the market. If the change means that they move outside the rules/area of the market then the market reserves the right to remove the stall holder from the market.
  8. Stands should at all times be neat and tidy with cloths to floor length.
  9. Stallholders are responsible for clearing litter around their stand and must leave the area tidy and litter free. No smoking on or near any stall.
  10. Stands must be operated between the hours of 9am and 3pm. All vehicles to leave the area by 8.30am and not return until 3pm. Packing up should not begin until the market closes. We ask that, even if you sell out, you remain at the market until closing to maintain the look of the market.
  11. Vehicles should enter from the south end of the High Street (Vivary Park end) and leave from the North end (Parade end). The only exception to this being stalls immediately outside Boots whose vehicles should both enter and leave by the North end.
  12. Stalls should be clearly labelled with the business name and address.
  13. Payment is monthly in advance on the last Thursday of every month. No refunds will be made unless a member gives at least one week’s notice [ie by 3 pm on a Thursday], then the pitch fee for that week is carried forward to the following month. If a member only gives at least 2 full day’s notice [ie by midnight on a Monday], then 50% of the pitch fee for that week is carried forward to the following month.  With any shorter period, there is no carry forward, unless the Board considers the circumstances to be so exceptional that a whole or partial carry forward is allowed.
  14. Stall holders who do not attend 90% of their agreed markets (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or seasonally) will be asked to leave to make way for producers on the waiting list. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration on an individual basis.
  15. Complaints should be passed to the market organiser or to any committee member. This can be done verbally or in writing and/or by phone or by email.
  16. The board reserves the right to accept any stall/stallholder on to the market if they believe them to be advantageous to the market.
  17. Any decision by the market board is final.
  18. Any further guidance on these rules please look at FARMA website farma.org.uk

Risk Assessment    

Please complete the form below. If you have your own completed risk assessment form and would prefer to email this to us, please send it to tauntonfarmersmarket@hotmail.com, ensuring that your name and business are clearly stated on the email.