Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Red Bank Market

The Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association proudly announces the first ever Red Bank Market to be held October 10, 2009 at the Red Bank City Park across from Bi Lo on Dayton Boulevard from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This market will be highlighting Octoberfest. Arts, crafts, fresh produce, entertainment and food will be available. There will even be a live flower swap.

The Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association is a grass-roots organization made up of everyday citizens of Red Bank who believe we can make a difference. We have faith in our community and want to re-connect with the Red Bank of Yesterday. A quaint small town where you know your neighbors, local business people, law enforcement and government officials by name. A place where your children are safe. A home you can grow and retire in. 

We also believe by organizing community events we can revitalize our city. It’s up to us to stand together with our local law enforcement to fight crime, speak out against absentee landlords encourage business and housing development and work closely with our city commission to improve Red Bank and increase property values.

The Red Bank Market can accommodate up to 40 vendors, many of whom call Red Bank home. Vendor rules may be found at the website www.redbankmarket.com. Vendor booths will be offered at $10 to businesses or residents within Red Bank city limits. Vendors from other areas can reserve a booth for $25. Any booth requiring electricity will be charged a $10 hook-up fee. Make reservations by emailing redbankmarket@gmail.com. Please reserve your booth by September 7 at noon.
Many thanks to our current sponsor: Red Bank Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vendor Rules

Red Bank Market Vendor Rules

Agriculture Rules

The mission of the Red Bank Market includes the creation of opportunities for local growers to sell their products, to ensure that each grower is protected by eliminating competition that does not abide by the hand-crafted principles by which the Market was formed, to provide the buying public with the freshest, highest quality produce available, and to enforce a truth in advertising policy, making sure that individual growing practices meet the public perception what is being sold.
The Golden Rule of all vendors selling in the Red Bank Market is that “the Maker is always the Seller”. There are no exceptions to this policy in any area of operation. Therefore, if seller of farm products did not personally create the products they cannot be sold in this venue.


Certified Organically Grown: Farmers enrolled in an organic certification program produce all of the produce, flowers and plants available from the Market with this label.

Certification of a farmer usually entails:

• Yearly third-party verification inspections of growers by trained inspectors to ensure absolute adherence to the guidelines of the certification organization;

• Development of a “Farm Plan”, which addresses the use of strategies and technologies for long-term improvements to the soil;

• Laboratory testing of soil and plant tissues for persistent pesticide residues.

• Some states in our area offer their own certification programs. Labeling designating “certified organic” must denote the governing body of the certification.

Sustainably Grown:
Does not condone or permit the use of synthetically compounded pesticides or fertilizers which have been derived either from or through the use of petrochemicals; Allows the use of botanically derived pesticides and naturally occurring fertilizers – such as animal manures, powdered minerals and botanical extracts.  Sustainable farmers utilize as much on-farm derived inputs as economically possible; generally prioritizes soil-building strategies to provide a long-term basis for soil fertility and tilt.
The use of biologic pest control, such as providing habitat for beneficial insects or direct introduction of same, is regarded as more a sustainable method of pest control than is the use of botanically derived pesticides. Periodic farm visits may be made by Market management to ensure to the buying public and the other growers in the Market that these growing principles are being followed.

Locally Grown (conventional):
Products carrying this label are grown through farming practices and regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Those regulations allow the use of a number of synthetically derived pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. These growers may also use botanically derived pesticides and naturally occurring fertilizers.  These products were grown locally and by the person selling the product.

Artist & Craft Rules

The Red Bank Market is not a flea market or a county fair.  The management of the Market will not allow any works commonly associated with those venues.


Craft review is based on the following four standards:
• Items must be handmade, grown or gathered (natural materials) by the seller or family member. The handcrafted component must dominate the commercial component, and the commercial components must be transformed in a way that makes the work unique.
• Items must be of original, unique work or design.
• The starting material must be significantly altered and enhanced by the artisan.
• The product must meet basic expectations of product life, function and safety.

Beadwork: Stringing single strands of commercial beads will be allowed based on creativity of design, pattern, color and texture.

Belt buckles, commercial: Plain, unmarked commercial buckles must be attached to a vendor-made belt and may not be sold separately.

Belts, commercial: Plain commercial belts must be displayed and sold attached to a vendor-made buckle.
Machine embossing is not acceptable.

Buttons, badges, and pins: Each button, pin or badge must be the original artwork of the seller.
Jewelry: commercial components must be secondary to original handcrafted components. No unaltered commercial stone settings are permitted.
Commercial bell caps, commercially made pendants, fetishes or ornaments, half-drilled beads on posts or commercial stud earrings are among the components that are not allowed unless they are incorporated in a handmade component which causes them to become secondary in the piece of jewelry.

Gemstones, unmounted: Unmounted stones not cut by the vendor must be displayed separately with a note to the public that such stones are for custom orders only. They may not be sold otherwise.
Hats: Commercial straw hats either decorated or undecorated may not be sold.

Clothing sold at Market must be made by the artisan. Commercially made and bought clothes that have been extensively embroidered, dyed or printed by the artisan are acceptable. Imported fabrics made into clothing by the vendor are also acceptable.
T-shirts: The sale of t-shirts will not be permitted unless each is an individual piece of work. Tie-dye and hand painted are typically two types that will be permitted.

Candles: Must be hand-dipped or molded.

Decoupage: Must be the original work of the vendor.

Flowers, dried: Commercial dried flowers are not acceptable as the dominant component in an arrangement. Unarranged dried flowers may use no commercial flowers.

Frames, hand-crafted: All artwork sold with frames  must be the original artwork of the vendor.

Knives: Knives and other associated blade work will be addressed on an individual basis.

Tiles: Must be handmade by the vendor.


Living plants are sold as an agricultural product only. Red Bank Market management must approve any exceptions.


Services such as chair massage, psychic readings, portrait sketches, etc. are acceptable. If a service requires a license, it is the vendor’s responsibility to provide approved license and compliance with all regulations of said license before set-up.


Hand-made stuffed toys may be sold at the Market. Commercially bought dolls, stuffed animals and toys are not to be sold or included as a component in any product sold at Red Bank Market. They may be used only to display items such as doll clothes made by the craftsperson.  Also, commercial doll clothes can only be sold on a handmade doll.

Kits: No commercial kits.

Molds: Commercial molds are not allowed in the making of any products. Molds must be the original design of the vendor. Exceptions to this will be up to the Red Bank Market management based on artistic merit.

Raw Materials: Such as slabs of wood, stone, clay, commercial beads, fabric, etc. are not acceptable for selling at Red Bank Market to the general public but can be displayed with other acceptable work, with sign clearly stating that the item is “For Display Only”.

Tumbled Rocks/Stone Slabs: Can only be sold if gathered from their natural location and crafted by the seller.

Reproductions: Commercially manufactured reproductions of original art (i.e. lithographs, silk screening, etc.) are permitted if original artwork of the same general classification is simultaneously displayed or offered for sale.
Commercially recorded tapes of musical performances are permitted as long as the performer is the seller. Commercially published written works are permitted as long as the author is the seller and another does not extensively illustrate the work. Authors are encouraged to sign and date 
each copy of their work sold.

Pipes and other Paraphernalia: The Red Bank Market prohibits the sale or advertisement for sale of any drug paraphernalia. This specifically includes the sale of any pipes made of any material.

Computer Art: Commercial computer art such as clip art, fonts, scanned art or other commercial designs are considered as a commercial component of any crafted ware and must be significantly transformed in a way that makes the final product unique.