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Join Staffordshire Country Markets as a Seller/Producer

Are you a mum looking for work to fit in with school hours?

Have you recently taken early retirement and looking for something to do with your spare time?

Are you a craft worker looking for somewhere to sell your products?

Can you cook or bake? Or are you a gardener?

Do you always have surplus vegetable crops you don't know what to do with?

Why not turn your talents and hobbies into cash and make new friends at the same time?

At Staffordshire Country Markets we are looking for new members to join our friendly, co-operative venture:

- All goods are offered for sale collectively - no one has preferential treatment.
- There are no minimum quantities to produce - just produce the amount that suits you.
- Country Markets have a formula to help Producers work out a fair selling price, that also gives a good return for their hard work.
- A small commission (currently 10%) is taken from the selling price of goods, to cover market running expenses, and the remainder is paid to the Producer monthly.
- We encourage Producers, wherever possible, to help with the running of the market, but we are flexible to individual circumstances, social commitments, etc.

Who can join, what does it cost?
Anyone, male or female, may apply to join as long as they are over sixteen.  It costs just five pence to become a shareholder/member. You are then able to sell at any of the Country Markets in Staffordshire.

What can be sold?
Genuine home-produced goods. In the case of perishable foods, they must be freshly prepared and must not have been previously frozen:

Cakes, biscuits, pies
Vegetarian Dishes
Jams and other preserves
Fruit and vegetables
Eggs - free range are preferred
Crafts and greetings cards

Are there any other costs?
You will need to purchase an invoice pad, approved Country Markets labels and packaging materials. All these are available within the Markets in Staffordshire. You are highly recommended to purchase a Country Markets Handbook, which contains all the information needed about producing for a Country Market. The Country Market Head Office ensures that all Producers are kept informed of the latest legal guidelines by means of new policy guidelines.

Are there any rules?
We do have some rules to ensure that we comply with Legal Statutory regulations (especially that concerning food safety), that our produce is safe for the consumer and reaches the high standards expected of Country Markets' produce. The Market Controller at each Market is responsible for ensuring that goods are up to the standards required.

What qualifications are needed?
All food producers, including Country Market Producers, are required by law to undertake Food Hygiene training. Our cooked-food Producers must have a level two award in food safety in catering. This must be retaken every 5th year - refreshers only are not permitted. If you haven't got one already Country Markets will help you to obtain one. It involves attending a one-day training course followed by a multiple-choice test.

How do I join?
Come along to any of the Staffordshire Country Market venues and introduce yourself to the Controller who will tell you all you need to know.

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