Market Rules – Overview
The Market aims to maintain the authenticity of the products and ensure its customers’ trust through simple rules. The rules and code of conduct are applicable to all stallholders – both existing stallholders and new applicants. These rules are designed to maintain the authenticity and reputation of the Market.
- All stallholders must display approved Market ‘Producer product’ and ‘Agency product’ signs. Stalls must have signs with the name of the stallholder, and approved agencies must show who grew the produce and where it was grown.
- All products sold must be approved by the Market Committee and are identified for each stallholder on this website.
- ACT Health, Fair Trading and other laws must be observed, including rules relating to the labelling of products such as ‘organic’, ‘chemical free’ etc.
- Producers are visited to ensure the authenticity of their production systems and suitability for the Market.
Are you interested in becoming a stallholder? Please visit Apply to be a Stallholder for more information or to complete our on online application form.
Market Rules – FAQ
The Market and its rules have evolved since their inception in 2004 and are constantly being updated. Consequently the Committee is continually working on the elimination of anomalies. Anomalies are currently managed under ‘grand-fathered’ arrangements and no further applications of associated products will be approved.
Current Market anomalies include:
- Flower products – because of seasonal constraints on flower production in the Capital Region Farmers Market region, agencies are accepted from out of region.
- Fish products – because of sustainable fish management policies and seasonality, fish products may be sourced outside of the CRFM region (but must be from Australian waters).
- Ingredients for secondary and tertiary products – these products may include some imported products (e.g. spices, coffee beans); however priority is given to products with locally produced ingredients.
- Non-food products – some non-food products were approved early in the Market’s development (e.g. soap, beeswax).
- Most stallholders are genuine producers; however Rule changes have resulted in two agency only stalls. These stalls are currently the subject of grandfathered management agreements to eliminate them from the Market.
Freshness, quality and environmental benefits
The Capital Region Farmers Market offers a number of benefits to consumers in addition to freshness, quality and access to a wide variety of regional and seasonal food.
The Market helps to substantially reduce food miles between the growers and your table. Food from the Market comes direct from the producer, with the majority of produce coming from less than 300 kilometres, resulting in lower transport costs and a reduction of the carbon footprint.
Competition and pricing
The Capital Region Farmers Market offers diverse quantity and quality of fresh products without restriction on price competition between stallholders. Prices are set by individual stallholders, with a premium on quality. Prices are minimised by ensuring appropriate competition within the Market.