BECOME AN ARTISAN RESIDENT

The Nashville Farmers’ Market is pleased to present our Artisan Residency retail opportunity at 900 Rosa Parks Boulevard.

If you are vendor selling made-by-hand items — including but not limited to art, jewelry, food and beverage items, wellness and skincare products, or clothes — this may be a great, affordable opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the Nashville market or expand your business.

The artisan community is rapidly increasing in Nashville and surrounding areas, and NFM desires to establish an affordable artisan residency that provides business incubation opportunities while increasing artisan retailers and improving the consumer experience. NFM’s two artisan residency options aim to support and incubate artisans seeking opportunities to establish a consistent retail presence while growing their business at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

The Farm Shed Artisan Residency will offer:

  • Affordable, high-profile 10 x 20’ booth assignments in the Farm Sheds for up to 10 artisan residents

  • Agreement to allow residents to maintain approved merchandising units in booth assignment for the duration of the agreement

  • Agreement to allow residents to hang an approved double-sided sign above assigned booth

  • Ongoing PR/marketing support (website, social, media relations)

  • Quarterly workshops

Farm Shed Artisan Residency requirements include:

  • Completion and submission of an artisan residency application, including a merchandising and marketing plan outline

  • Agreement to an eight-month lease, including weekly rent + electrical services at the rate of $500/month

  • Agreement to retail at NFM Wednesday–Sunday observing required Farm Shed hours of operation (8 a.m.–4 p.m.) for the duration of the agreement (except on dates the Market is closed to the public)

  • Agreement to attend each quarterly workshop hosted by NFM

  • Agreement to share weekly sales data with NFM

The Market House Kiosk Artisan Residency will offer:

  • Affordable, high-profile kiosk and location assignments in the Market House for up to six artisan residents

  • Kiosks will be leased to each resident and offer each resident the ability to add a magnetized sign to the unit for branding

  • Ongoing PR/marketing support (website, social, media relations)

  • Quarterly workshops

Market House Kiosk Artisan Residency requirements include:

  • Completion and submission of an artisan residency application, including a merchandising and marketing plan outline

  • Agreement to a $250 deposit and a one-year (September 1, 2019–August 21, 2020) lease with a three-month trial, including weekly rent + electrical services at the rate of $750/month

  • Agreement to retail at NFM Tuesday–Sunday observing required Market House hours of operation for the duration of the agreement (except on dates the Market is closed to the public) 

    • Sunday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

    • Friday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

  • Agreement to attend each quarterly workshop hosted by NFM

  • Agreement to share weekly sales data with NFM

Interested parties should review the artisan concept qualifications and complete the application below outlining your concept no later than August 15, 2019. Upon review, NFM Executive Director Tasha Kennard will follow up with you to schedule a tour and discuss your concept. Qualified, staff-recommended concept(s) will then receive an invitation to present to our five-member board for review and approval. 

Concept qualifications:

  • Demonstrate how the concept aligns with the Market’s mission to provide retail space, promotion and training to farmers, food producers and retail entrepreneurs, and serve as a catalyst for a healthy, community–based food system

  • Demonstrate how the concept diversifies and complements the Market’s current offerings of global cuisine and sources, or promotes local and regional products

  • Demonstrate market readiness to finance, staff, promote and operate the concept while observing the Market’s required hours of operation

  • Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 15, 2019 to be considered and reviewed for any available leasable space

ARTISAN RESIDENT APPLICATION

Complete and submit online

Make sure you have or can obtain the relevant required documents for your application.

Because you cannot save the application midway through in order to complete it later, consider reading through it and gathering all information you need ahead of time for maximum efficiency.

Name *
Name
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Address *
Address
Business Phone *
Business Phone
On-site Manager
On-site Manager
If different from applicant
Concept Type *
Applicant has rented space from NFM before *
Approximate size of space requested *
Only listed and approved items may be sold; additional items will require written Market approval
Will food be prepared on-site? *
Check all that apply
Will food be repackaged, homemade or prepared off-site (such as pies, cakes, bread, fudge, etc.)? *
If yes, submit separately the certified kitchen food preparation information (kitchen certificate, address, owner's address, telephone number and e-mail; and kitchen owner confirmation letter of certified kitchen rental) AND Tennessee Department of Agriculture Manufacturer Plan Review OR Tennessee Department of Health permit to sell the prepared food items.
Provide additional information that will help Market staff understand your application.
Include the number and type of outlets
Application Acknowledgement *
I hereby acknowledge and agree that the completion of this application and the acceptance of this application by the Nashville Farmers’ Market (NFM) create no obligation of NFM to approve this preliminary application. As such, NFM may require applicant to submit additional information at its sole discretion. While there is no obligation of NFM to notify applicant, applicants may expect to receive a response from management regarding next steps prior to March 1, 2019. Approval of this application is required in order to become eligible to use selected NFM facilities upon proper approval and execution of a lease. Additionally, I hereby acknowledge that all information detailed within the application is accurate and correct.