140 S. Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691   •   330-263-5336   •   info@LocalRootsWooster.com

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No Membership Required to Shop! Visa/MC/Ohio Direction accepted.

© 2016 Local Roots Market & Café. 

Do you have a great product that belongs at Local Roots? 


All products must:


  • Be Legal: All products must comply with federal, state, and local health regulations, licensing, and labeling requirements (see below for some info on that).


  • Fit Guidelines/Mission: Products must be made, grown, or value-added in Ohio and adhere to our guidelines.  Additional rules may apply depending on type of product. Read the full Product Guidelines for all information to see if your product fits.


  • Fit Needs of Market: Entry of new products is dependent on the needs of the market and is up to the discretion of the Market Manager. Producers wishing to sell should confirm that their product is compliant with legal and market guidelines, then contact the Market Manager to set up a product review at info@LocalRootsWooster.com


Once your product is accepted…

  • Producers join the co-op. All sellers are required to be members of the Wooster Local Foods Cooperative, Inc. Cost is $50 or 10 hours of volunteer time per year. (Click here for info on membership)


  • Producers set up a display in the market. Producers work with management on the display or provide special display items or signs. Please note: displays are not permanent and may be moved throughout the market as needed.


  • Producers price their own products. Local Roots provides bar code labels to identify the price and seller or can use an existing UPC. Producers should take into account the commission rates which will be deducted from each sale. We operate on a 3-tier commission system:

    • 18% for “highly perishable” products such as produce, baked goods, and milk.

    • 25% for "shelf stable" foods including frozen foods, eggs, dairy (not milk), jams, syrups, grains, granolas, and pet treats and other consumable products like candles, cards, soaps, lotions, bath & body, and cleaning products.

    • 30% for "artisan" products such as pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, wood products, books, and baskets.


  • Producers can use our Producer Portal to check their daily/weekly sales. This helps producers to know what sold and when to restock! 


  • Local Roots pays twice per month. Local Roots offers and encourages the use of direct deposit for payments. Form to sign up is attached HERE. Unsold products remain the property of the seller.


Producer Applications

Producers interested in selling at Local Roots must complete and submit an Application with copies of all applicable licenses and certifications to be kept on file at the market.


Notes on Legal Compliance

In Ohio, only the following products may be sold without special licensing:

  • fresh unprocessed fruits or vegetables

  • maple syrup, sorghum, or honey [properly labeled]

  • properly labeled products of a cottage food production operation


All other products require additional licensing.


Producers are expected to inform themselves on issues governing the production, display, distribution, sampling and sale of their products. Anyone wishing to sell through Local Roots should research the rules and regulations regarding the products they are wishing to sell prior to applying as a producer member. Here are some resources to get you started: