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Mail: 109 East Main, Suite 302T
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Our mission is to promote the history, culture and commerce in the downtown. Our purpose is to maintain a comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy following the Main Street Four-Point Approach structure, which includes implementing a balance of activities in the areas of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring, In the course of our duties we produce events; coordinate with all the other economic development organizations and governments; act as fiscal agent for the Small Business Development Center; strengthen the downtown by soliciting retailers and businesses; make every effort to improve the infrastructure of the downtown and work to increase friends and membership to our foundation.
Board of Directors
Main Street Approach
Elio has been Executive Director of the DWWF since July of 2007. He was previously a senior executive for 35 years in the media field in both Canada and the United States. His specialty was revitalizing newspapers – turning failing businesses into profitable, wide-read publications. Prior to arriving in Walla Walla he co-authored a self-help book, "Finding Your Soul At Work, At Home, and When You’re Alone." He also conducted courses and seminars on business. Elio has managed up to 2,000 employees in his professional life.
Events & Public Relations Manager
Born and raised in Walla Walla, Gina moved back to her hometown after being gone for more than 30 years. For the last nine years, she worked for the Washington State Legislature and is a past board member of the Washington Trust and Historic Preservation Board and the Whidbey Island County Readiness to Learn Board. Gina is a current member of Farm Bureau, Washington Wheat Growers, The Heritage Caucus, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust and the League of Women Voters. Gina is the daughter of the late Bill Grant who served as our State Representative for 22 years. Her family homesteaded east of Walla Walla in 1859 and is still farmed by members of the Grant family today.
Membership Manager & Program Coordinator
Becka has extensive managerial, accountant procedure and customer service background. As a past small business owner, Becka is a perfect fit for DWWF.
Matt and his wife Tanya have owned and operated Walla Walla Sew & Vac & Spa downtown for 21 years, and has been intimately involved with the historic restoration of his building at 102 E Main. Matt will contribute a downtown retail merchant and property owner’s perspective in his service to the Foundation.
Doug was born and raised in Walla Walla and is a fourth generation Walla Wallan. Doug is a retailer, farmer, businessman, property owner and historian. He is married to Malinda and has three boys. He served on the Historic Preservation Commission for 12 years. He was also president of the Kirkman House Museum for 12 years. He is past president of the Walla Walla Historical Auto Club and was a member of the Sesquicentennial Committee. He is presently on the Design Committee for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and is currently Chairman of the World War II Memorial Committee.
CFO, Banner Bank
Lloyd has been with Banner Bank – in Walla Walla – since the mid-90s and now serves as Chief Financial Officer. Banner Bank was the first local company to take advantage of the Main Street Bill, allowing businesses to make a contribution to a community-based revitalization organization and receive 75% of that amount as a credit toward their state B&O taxes. In 2006 Banner contributed $133,333.33 to the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, allowing them to receive a $100,000 credit on their 2007 B&O tax bill. Banner Bank has consistently contributed $65,000 toward the Foundation’s revitalization efforts since 2007.
Owner, Williams Team Homes
Brenda Williams: Brenda is the principal broker and owner of Williams Team Homes real estate office in downtown Walla Walla, and has a long history of service to the community, serving as a Chamber Ambassador as well as on the YWCA Board of Directors. Brenda also runs a blog, 365 Things To Do In Walla Walla Washington, which features downtown quite frequently!
Owner, WorthFit Studio
Laura Angulo has been in the fitness industry for over 14 years. She owns WorthFit Studio located on Main Street in Downtown Walla Walla. Laura and her two daughters instruct group classes, including Cardio Kickboxing, circuit training, Zumba, Boot Camp classes, and last but not least, the amazing 12-Week Challenge. Born in Mexico and raised in a Spanish-speaking home, her heart leans towards the Hispanic community, educating her clients, in both the English and Spanish language, on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. When she isn't at the studio, she is usually at home spending quality time with her two daughters or practicing Zumba choreography.
From the beginning, the DWWF has enjoyed a good working relationship with the City. Jim brings both his perspective on the Council and a wealth of professional experience in public planning. We welcome Jim as the Council Liaison.
City Council Representative
Retired Electric Utility Manager
Mike was born and raised in the Walla Walla valley. He graduated from Washington State University and worked for the City of Milton-Freewater for 33 years, serving the last 16 years as the electric utility manager. During his career, Mike served as an officer and board and committee member on various electric utility industry organizations, Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce President and Board of Directors member, past president of the Walla Walla Cruisers car club, and co-chairman of the Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend car show. As a new Board member, Mike looks forward to working with the other Board members, Downtown Foundation staff and the community volunteers on our many projects.
President, Baker Boyer Bank
Mark is a CPA, financial advisor, and investment manager. In addition, Mark holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Washington. His background includes tax, trust, and estate planning, consulting Fortune 500 companies at Ernst and Young, as well as financial and charitable advising for Whitman College. Mark is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg and CNBC financial television programs.
David is an attorney with the law firm Minnick-Hayner, where he focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, tax controversy and guardianship matters. He has practiced law for 32 years in Washington, D.C., Seattle and now Walla Walla. David moved to Walla Walla in 2002 from the Seattle area. In the time he has lived here, David has witnessed the resurgence of the downtown area and the emergence of Walla Walla a noted tourist destination. The things that brought David to Walla Walla in the first place – a smaller city with a strong sense of community, and a great place to raise kids – remain one of the most attractive aspects of this community.
Vice President, Baker Boyer Bank
Pat was born and raised in Walla Walla and is proud to call it his home. Pat is employed at Baker Boyer Bank as a Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader in the downtown Walla Walla branch. Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Linfield College as well as a degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. Pat believes in the power of community involvement and is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in order to give back to the community that helped raise him.
Owner, World Wide Travel Service
Paul owns and operates World Wide Travel Service in Downtown Walla Walla. He was born and raised in Walla Walla and is a graduate of the University of Washington. Paul has been actively involved in many community activities and recently completed 13 years of service as a Port Commissioner for the Port of Walla Walla. During that time, he also served as a board member and President of the Washington Public Ports Association. Currently, Paul isco-chairing the Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force. Paul's wife Jody, works along with him at the travel agency and is an RN, who also teaches CPR and First Aid. They have four grown daughters (Heidi, Holly, Hilary, and Haley) and three grand dogs (still waiting for a grandchild).
Vice President, CFO Key Technology
Jeff has approximately 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance area. He has held several high level executive roles including CFO, Corporate Controller and Treasurer for several different companies in the Portland metropolitan area. His expertise is with public, high tech manufacturing companies. Jeff moved to the Walla Walla valley in the spring of 2012 and thoroughly enjoys the community. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and can often be found on the local golf courses on the weekends.
Downtown Walla Walla Foundation follows The Main Street Four-Point Approach® set forth by the National Main Street Center, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America's historic places. The Main Street Four-Point Approach is as follows:
Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. The most effective Main Street programs get everyone working toward the same goal. With this level of collaboration, your Main Street program can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for your downtown or neighborhood business district. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of the community, your program can incorporate a wide range of perspectives into its efforts. A governing board of directors and standing committees make up the fundamental organizational structure of volunteer-driven revitalization programs. Volunteers are coordinated and supported by a paid program director. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders.
Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will renew community pride and tell your Main Street story to the surrounding region. The techniques we teach, and the variety of tools at your disposal, will help to rekindle the vitality of your community. Promotions communicate your commercial district's unique characteristics, its cultural traditions, architecture, and history and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners, and visitors.
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape and creating a safe, preserving a place's historic character, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Successful Main Streets take advantage of the visual opportunities inherent in a commercial district by directing attention to all of its physical elements: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping, merchandising, window displays, and promotional materials. An appealing atmosphere, created through attention to all of these visual elements, conveys a positive message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Popular design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the district's physical appearance through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, educating business and property owners about design quality, and long-term planning.
Through economic restructuring, we can show you how to strengthen your community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. Successful communities accomplish this by evaluating how to retain and expand successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Many Main Street programs also achieve success through creative reuse of historic properties. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today's consumers while maintaining the community’s historic character.
In 1984 the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was formed as the Walla Walla Main Street Foundation
The Foundation hired its first executive director, Dwight Van Fleet and he stayed until December of 1988. The Foundation and the Italian Heritage Association sponsored their first Italian Heritage Fiesta.
The Foundation worked with ten local banks to establish a $350,000 low interest façade loan program. It was also the first year of the Summer Concert series on Friday afternoons.
The first Main Street May Fair was held in conjunction with the Balloon Stampede. Main Street Banners were installed and the Foundation completed the “Walla Walla Redevelopment Plan”. Jacobi’s restaurant (the Northern Pacific Train Depot) was renovated as was the Snyder Crecilius building.
Karen Waltz was hired as executive director from July to November. The Foundation hosted the first Multicultural Heritage Festival. The initial work began on the Local Improvement District (LID). Bruce Buchanan was hired as director in December of 1989 and remained in that position until December of 1993. Pioneer Title was renovated in that year as well.
The general Obligation Bond failed and the worked continued on developing the LID. The Center for Sharing was renovated, Crawford Park was completed and the Downtown Trick or Treat was restarted.
The Liberty Theater was restored and the Bon Marche expanded. City Council approved the LID, contracts were awarded and construction began. The Fireman Statue was erected at Crawford Park and the initial effort began to recruit the Corps of Engineers into the downtown.
The name was change to the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. The streetscape improvements were completed. A new addition was added to the First Congregational Church, the Harold building was renovated and the Foundation cosponsored the first annual Jingle Bell Run with the United Way. The DWWF was accepted as a partner Level Program with the State Main Street Program.
The Heritage Square Park was completed and the first of many street dances occurred. The “Out to Lunch” afternoon concert series began. The Walla Walla Hotel was renovated and converted to second floor apartments. The Foundation started Walla Walla Village and Ornament series.
The Foundation sponsors the first Walla Walla wide screen and the Whitehouse Crawford building was restored. Walla Walla was named a GAMSA semifinalist for the second year. The Foundation worked with the County to improve the design of the new justice building.
The first “Taste of Walla Walla happened and the Living Tree was planted. The newly restored Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center opened and the Foundation hosted the State Downtown Revitalization Conference at the hotel. Walla Walla Foundation won the Great American Main Street Award and three new bronze statues were installed downtown.
Wheelin’ Walla Walla spun off to own group and the Foundation cosponsors ArtWalla. Two more pieces of public art were added to the downtown. Walla Walla was named Sunset magazine’s “Best Main Street in the West”. The CLG ordinance and the zero setback ordinances were passed. The initial work with the Planning Commission on downtown development guidelines was begun. Diagonal parking was extended on Main Street from Palouse to Issacs. The Denny building, the Naimy building and the Drumheller building were restored. The DWWF introduced the new Downtown Walla Walla Visa.
The initial funding and organizational effort for a new 20-year downtown Master Plan was started. Three additional pieces of public art were installed as part of the Blue Mountain Arts Alliance ArtWalla project. Taste Walla Walla moved to the Court House lawn. A new cover was installed over the Crawford Park stage. Walla Walla successfully retained the Bon Marche remaining in the downtown. The first phase of the Main Street sewer and water replacement initiative was completed.
The new 20-year Downtown Master Plan was adopted and the second phase of the Main Street sewer and water replacement work was completed. The Downtown Endowment fund was started with an initial gift of $100.
Our mission is to promote the history, culture and commerce in the downtown. Our purpose is to maintain a comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy following the Main Street Four-Point Approach structure, which includes implementing a balance of activities in the areas of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
In the course of our duties we produce events; coordinate with all the other economic development organizations and governments; act as fiscal agent for the SBDC; strengthen the downtown by soliciting retailers and business; make every effort to improve the infra structure of the downtown and work to increase friends and membership to our foundation.
Parking has been an issue in the downtown for over a decade. In the last two years we convinced the city to do angle parking on Alder (similar to the parking style on Main St.). We helped them find the money for the research and the implementation.
When Alder’s work is completed (paving, traffic lights, light posts) there will be an additional 55 to 60 new parking spots.
For a few years we have been working with the Port of Walla Walla to help us plan a parking structure. Drawings were done and the structure will cost anywhere from $3 million to $6 million. The Port Commissioners continue to believe that it is critical for downtown prosperity and they are working with the DWWF to find a solution.
Our mandate is small business. Most of our retailers and businesses in the downtown are small business. The Farmers market is basically only small business. We are the fiscal agent of the Small Business Development Center that is focused on helping small business. We contribute financially to the SBDC and we are responsible for getting other businesses to contribute in cash or in kind to the SBDC. The SBDC is located in the Walla Walla airport.
We believe that ALL of the money we spend is for promoting the downtown. All of our events occur in the downtown and the object is to bring people to our downtown to enjoy the art, architecture and shopping. We believe the combination of all of our events (Feast, Chefs Table, Macys Parade, Summer Concerts, Halloween, Wheelin’) attract nearly 20,000 people every year. We also advertise outside of our Valley to promote the events in our downtown.
To be effective, we always have to be thinking of the future. For a couple of years we have been working with the city to work on the infrastructure of the downtown. In 2015 nearly $3 million will be spent on traffic lights, pavement, lining the streets for angle parking and erecting old style lampposts. The DWWF has also formed an LID (Local Improvement District) to determine what else we can do to improve the infra structure and beauty of the downtown. The plan of that LID is to enhance the infra structure from Palouse to fifth down Main and down Alder and including all the side streets joining the main two streets.
In an effort to increase upper story living quarters in the downtown, the Design Committee of the DWWF developed a manual for property owners and developers to help promote the growth of people living in the downtown. The Design Committee won two awards for their work on this subject.
In addition, a few DWWF board members are on the Mill Creek Task Force to determine how we can make Mill Creek more safe and useful.
Great American Main Street Award –semi-finalist -- National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Great American Main Street Award - National Trust for Historic Preservation
Arbor Day Award- Washington Arbor Day Council
Best Main Street in the West - Sunset magazine
Distinctive Destination - National Trust for Historic Preservation
Best Economic Restructuring Story – Department of Community Trade and Economic development
Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation
Friendliest Small Town in the U.S.- Rand McNally/ USA Today
Top Ten Great Neighborhood – American Planning Association
Excellence on Main Award for Downtown Walla Walla Residential Guidelines – Washington State Main Street
The Governor’s Smart Communities Award – Washington State
The Downtown Farmers Market (DFM) is a program of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation (DWWF). The Market was founded by the DWWF in 1997 in conjunction with a Local Improvement District tax on downtown property that paid for construction of the Market structure. The Market is operated as a part of the DWWF’s comprehensive program of economic, cultural and historic development of the Downtown area.
The DWWF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (the Board). The Board of the DWWF bears ultimate responsibility for all programs of the DWWF, including the DFM.
The DWWF operates the DFM on property owned by the City of Walla Walla (the City) and under an operating agreement with the City. The City has interests that City property and Market related property improvements are used to the benefit of the downtown and the whole community.
The Executive Director (the ED) of the DWWF reports to the Board and supervises all DWWF staff activity related to the DFM.
The Market Manager (the Manager) is an employee of the DWWF, reports to the ED and is the primary DWWF staff person to support the program of the DFM. The Manager has additional responsibilities in support of and coordination with other programs of the DWWF.
Other DWWF staff provides DFM program support (e.g. promotions and administration). DWWF staff may fill the role of Manager from time to time as needed.
The Farmers Market Committee (FMC) is a standing committee of the DWWF and is appointed by the Board. FMC members represent the many constituents of a successful market including vendors, customers, musicians, shoppers, downtown businesses, the City, the Board and the community. The FMC establishes and administers the Rules of the DFM. The FMC is responsible for operational policies and methods of the DFM. The Board reserves the right to review all FMC rules and policies for compatibility with the overall program of the DWWF.
Vendors may pay annual fees to become Members of the DFM and enjoy certain privileges as determined by the Rules of the DFM. The DWWF bylaws may establish special membership status in the DWWF for members of the DFM.
The Market Rules may be modified at any time as determined by the FMC.
Vendors may pay a yearly membership fee of $40 when they submit their application. Members receive a reduced daily stall fee. Reserved space vendors pay $100 yearly fee. This fee and the completed application must be submitted to the DTFM office March 15th of the Market year. Applications received after this date will be considered on a first come basis and needs of the market.
In an effort to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs/farmers, we encourage young people to participate in the market as vendors. Parental/guardian approval will be required for junior vendors. Membership is $20 with $5 daily booth fee. Insurance is available for vendors that commit to a minimum of 13 market days.
Short term, intermittent or new vendors may participate in the Market without being Members. Non-profit/informational booths may participate in the market without becoming members, if space is available. Please contact the Manager for information/availability and fees.
Non-Reserved and Non-Member Vendors will be admitted to the market on a first come basis and will be assigned a booth/stall as space and need permits.
Vendor booth/stalls and/or vehicles must not extend beyond allotted booth space. No vehicle movement is allowed in the market area after 8:00 am. In order to provide adequate parking for customers, vendors must park it at least two blocks away from the market site or at the parking site designated for vendors on Saturdays. Vehicles may reenter the market area at 1:15 for loading. On time arrival and timely set up is critical for the overall function of the market. If for some unexpected reason you are going to be late, please call the Market Manager and let them know so they can accommodate you. Anyone more than 30 minutes late should not expect to set up on that market day. Vendors who are habitually late ultimately risk expulsion from the market. See section below on Monitoring and Enforcement of Market Rules
The market runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays and 4:00-7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Vendors are required to stay until closing unless they have received permission from the market manager to leave early. Vendors who sell-out early should post a sign letting customers know they have sold out and should not leave their possessions unattended. Vendors should load up unsold merchandise; clean area/booth/stall used, and vacate the Farmers Market site no later than one (1) hour after the Market is closed. Any exceptions must be cleared with the Market Manager.
DFM uses several alternative currency programs at its markets. These programs are essential to create greater access to the market and to increase sales for market vendors. These programs include: WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and Wooden Token for EBT card charge.
See a separate document for detailed information on Market Currency, what vendors are allowed to accept, and how they will be reimbursed for each alternative currency.
Vendors are required to maintain their individual selling space in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner. Each vendor is responsible for keeping his/her booth space clean during the Market and for complete clean up of their space at the close of the Market. This includes hauling away any trash that is generated in or around the booth and sweeping up any product debris left on the ground. Vendors are not permitted to dispose of produce waste, overripe or leftover produce or boxes in any on-site garbage cans. Vendors should bring their own brooms and dustpans.
Wind tossed canopies are the number one cause of farmers market accidents. All vendors who wish to erect canopies (including umbrellas) at the Market are required to have their canopies sufficiently and safely anchored to the ground with a minimum of 24 lbs per leg, from the time their canopy is put up to the time it is taken down. Any vendor who fails to properly anchor his or her canopy will not be allowed to sell at the Market on that market day, unless that vendor chooses to take down and stow their canopy and sell without it.
Vehicles, tables, and overhead canopies must be maintained and used in a safe manner. Tables must have smooth edges and remain stable when loaded with produce. Booth display must not obstruct traffic flow and care must be taken when setting up or taking down displays.
Vendors need to keep a watchful eye on their children at all times during the Market day. Set-up time can be an especially dangerous time for unattended children. Small children should not be allowed to wander the grounds without a parent or guardian with them. The Market cannot take responsibility for their safety or whereabouts.
Vendors and their representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and courteous manner at the Market. Any language or behavior considered to be harmful to the normal operation of the Market will be grounds for termination of vendor’s permit to sell. Smoking is not allowed in the vendor sales areas.
All vendors must post a sign identifying the name of the farm/business represented and where it is located. Signs should have an area of 3 to 12 square feet and not obstruct vision to neighboring vendors.
Produce and other allowable Market products should be clearly marked with their price. This can be done by individually tagging each item with a sign or by listing all produce and prices on a large sign or marker board.
Vendors selling produce by weight must provide their own scales. Scales must be “legal for trade” and are subject to inspection by the Dept. of Agriculture - Weights and Measures Program.
If a product is labeled “organic,” it must be certified as required by Federal Law. For those with produce sales under $5,000 seeking exemption from certification, a notarized affidavit attesting to how organic procedures are followed must be filed with the market manager each year. Consumer queries regarding farming practices must be answered factually. Verbal or written declarations of organic status not certified or verified will result in expulsion from the market. When an organic producer is also selling non-organic produce at the same stand, the non-organic produce must be clearly separated from the organic produce and clearly labeled as non-organic or conventionally grown.
Written and verbal declarations regarding pesticide use which cannot be certified such as “Unsprayed” “Pesticide free” or “Low Spray” will need a notarized affidavit attesting to how these procedures are followed. This affidavit must be filed with the market manager each year. Consumer queries regarding farming practices must be answered factually.
The DFM reserves the right to conduct Farm visits as part of the routine application process or in the event of product challenges.
As part of our partnership with the City of Walla Walla, the DFM hires musicians to play at each market. Vendors may play music quietly in their booth space while setting up, but must turn off all personal music at the start of market, so as not to compete with the local live musician.
Retail sales taxes and Business and Occupation taxes are the responsibility of the individual vendor. Vendors who are required by law to have a Washington State Master Business License Number must supply this tax number when application is made to sell at the Market.
All vendors shall provide, at the time of application, copies of any permits and licenses applicable to the sale of their products. These will include the vendor’s Washington State tax number, and where applicable, the Washington State Nursery License, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture Food Processors License, Egg license, Certification for Organically Grown Produce, Grade “A” Dairy Permits, Pesticide Applicator’s License or Department of Fisheries Wholesale License. When applicable, sellers of plants, bulbs or seeds for planting must have a Nursery License, available from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. No vendor is allowed to sell at the market if their permits and licenses are missing or out of date. If permits/licenses expire mid season, the vendor must provide the Manager with the updated permit/license.
On market day, use this checklist to help remind you of some of the basic market operation rules and policies. All rules previously listed also apply.
Disciplinary action may take the form of a verbal warning or a written notice of non-compliance that may include a fine. Further non-compliance may lead to probation, suspension or termination.
If a vendor does not abide by the rules of DFM or comply with federal, state, and local regulations applicable to market participation, the Manager or designee may take any action deemed appropriate, including assessing fines or barring the vendor from selling at the market for that day and any future market days.
The application of fines, probation and suspension may occur simultaneously while the vendor works to correct a specific or combination of non-compliance actions.
The vendor must correct the verbal warning or notice of non-compliance immediately or by the following week, whichever is most appropriate. If the situation has not been remedied by the following week, the following disciplinary actions may be taken:
If a vendor is issued a fine due to non-compliance, the vendor must pay the fine promptly; preferably on the day issued or absolutely 24 hours before setting up on their next market day.
If the vendor feels that a notice of non-compliance is unwarranted, they may file a complaint with the FMC by filling out the Vendor Concern form and mailing it to the DWWF. The vendor is still required to pay fines and come into compliance to the best of their abilities during the appeal process.
DFM has created protocols and procedures that allow vendors to report concerns against other vendors whom they think are out of compliance with market rules and policies. Vendors may also file concerns or suggestions regarding the market manager, or make suggestions for improvements that affect the market as a whole.
To file a vendor concern, suggestion or product challenge, use the Vendor Concern Form or Vendor Challenge Form.