Terms of Service:
Rules of the Saturday Morning Market Online
All Members of the Saturday Morning Market Online (SMMO) must agree to be bound by the following Rules (which Rules may be modified at any time by the SMMO) and by applying to become a Member agree to be so bound:
For the Consumer
Each order placed by a customer is a legally enforceable contract. If a customer fails to pick-up an order, the customer is still obligated to pay for the items in the order. Our pick-up day team will inspect and pack all orders prior to pick-up. In the event that product gets damaged during packing or is found to be of poor quality, we will provide a store credit to the customer, provided that the unacceptable goods are reported upon inspection at the market pick-up location.
Our goal is to provide the highest quality produce, and we require our member farmers to deliver market-grade products. The customer understands that since many of our farmers do not use pesticides or herbicides, fruits and vegetables may have cosmetic inconsistencies (i.e., produce will not look "perfect").
The Saturday Morning Market Online accepts the following forms of payment. For individuals: credit or debit card (online); and EBT/SNAP, Healthy Prescriptions and Food Vouchers upon pick-up. Annual memberships are $5 for target neighborhoods or communities (currently defined by zip codes based on access to fresh food), and $25 for non-target communities. Also, there is a $5.00 fee for delivery if arranged in advance.
Customers are responsible for bringing a cotton tote (or similar) food bag each week to pick-up their order.
For the Farmer
Sellers must reside and produce the items they sell within the State of Florida, and in particular the West Gulf Coast Region. Sellers must be the original producer of all items being sold. No buying and reselling of produce or other products are allowed. The seller's farm or business must be visited by representatives of the Saturday Morning Market Online(SMMO) before his/her application will be considered for approval. Sellers must pay a $50.00 annual market registration fee to the Saturday Morning Market Online in order to be able to participate in the online market. Sellers may sell items that they have assisted in growing on someone else’s farm, if that farm has been visited by a representative of the SMMO and that farm has paid a $50.00 annual market fee and membership in SMMO. Sellers may not buy items from another farm and sell them on the Market.
Sellers who farm more than one location under the same name must have all locations visited by a representative from SMMO.
Prices must be posted for all items sold. Products, which may be sold, include: any vegetable grown by the seller from seeds, sets, or seedlings; any fruits, nuts or berries grown by the seller from trees, bushes, or vines on the seller’s farm; any plant grown by the seller from seed, seedling, transplant or cutting; bulbs propagated by the seller; eggs produced by the seller's poultry and processed in accordance with Florida law (washed in a certified kitchen and packed in new or approved cartons); honey produced by the seller's bees; fresh (not frozen) baked goods made by the seller, with all baked goods having been wrapped and produced in a certified kitchen; preserves, relishes, jams, jellies, etc.; and low risk processed foods made by the seller in a certified and inspected kitchen.
No "low-acid" canned foods such as green beans, corn, peas, carrots, etc. may be sold. High Acid or Acidified foods (pickles, tomato products, etc.) may be sold if the seller has passed the FDA certification course. A copy of their certification must be on file with the market manager.
Fresh cut or dried flowers must be grown by the seller. Fish, meat, cheese, and milk from animals must be raised on the vendor's premises and produced in accordance with Florida Law. Raw milk may not be sold through the market.
All produce must be of top quality. The Market manager reserves the right to turn away produce deemed unacceptable. All prepared food items, meat, fish, eggs and cheese sold must meet state and local health regulations including the inspection of the prepared foods seller's kitchens by FDACS health inspectors and labeling in compliance with the regulations. Sellers must have a copy of their inspection form on file with the market manager, as well as with them when selling at market. No water or ice that comes into contact with meat or fish may be deposited or allowed to drain onto the market premises.
All items sold as certified organic must meet the requirements of the National Organic Program. Sellers of certified organic items must have a copy of their certification on file with the market manager as well as with them when selling at market. Only certified organic growers may display signs using the term certified organic.
No live animals may be sold or given away at the market. All Sellers are responsible to the ultimate customer for the quality and freshness of all items that they sell. Sellers will be paid made monthly for their products sold. To assist with administrative costs, The Saturday Morning Market Online receives 15% of sales revenue from each participating producer. This amount is reduced to 10% for months in which producer volunteers 4 hours toward Saturday Morning Market Online activities or Market assistance.
All Sellers, by becoming a member of the St Pete Online Market, agree to indemnify the Saturday Morning Market Online against any liability for any claims or damages resulting from that Seller’s products sold, including all attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the Saturday Morning Market Online in defending itself from any such claim.
A service fee of 6% will be added to each customer transaction made through the online market to help cover operational costs. The effective date of this fee will be announced by SMMO at a later date.