Synopsis of

Vendor Rules and Regulations 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following operational protocols will be continue to be implemented for the 2021 season:

  • Priority vendor acceptance will be offered to agricultural and other essential food vendors.

  • GSM will announce its 2021 season location as soon as possible.

  • GSM will inform vendors of the amount and location of their space within the market’s site parameters. Vendor spaces will include the vendor vehicle if possible and set up needs while incorporating social distancing and other health and well-being guidelines

  • Accepted vendors may select to develop collaborative relationships to maximize the number of products available to GSM shoppers while limiting the number of vendors physically present at the market.


Season Dates, Market Hours, Location, Arrival, Departure


  • GSM's planned date is Sunday, June 6, 2021 pending approval by The City of Chicago.

  • The market will operate Sundays through October 24, 2021 (CLOSED 7/4/21), barring unforeseen emergencies or withdrawal of City of Chicago approval.

  • Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • GSM will announce its 2021 site as soon as possible. 

  • Vendors may arrive at GSM to setup beginning at 7:00 a.m. All vendors must be ready for customer order pick up by 9 a.m.

  • Vendor vehicles may be incorporated into the GSM set up plan for 2021 depending on market site. 

  • Customer pick up hours begin promptly at 9 a.m.

  • Vulnerable shopper populations are always welcome. Priority hours will be set in advance of GSM's opening date.

  • Vendors may leave when the market has closed (2:00 p.m.) GSM management will coordinate vendor departures for safe and swift closure of the market site.

  • In case of weather-related or other emergencies, GSM will close early. If a vendor has an emergency, please let GSM management know. GSM’s team will arrange a quick and secure departure.



  • Individual Vendors: Vendors who are scheduled to appear at GSM are expected to attend unless other arrangements have been made.

  • Collaborative Vendors: Vendors who opt to develop collaborative partnerships to maximize product availability for GSM shoppers and minimize undue transportation costs and other hardships are encouraged to do so. We ask that the collaborative partners identify a Lead Vendor who will coordinate the collaborative, be the point of communication for GSM staff, manage the per-market vendor fee payment.

Vendor Fees


  • GSM is using its sliding scale fee structure but lowering fees. More detail will be sent to vendors with their acceptance.


Vendor Fee Payment



Late Arrival


Vendors who arrive after 8:45 a.m. will not be allowed into the market site due to the complex logistics of site set up. There are no alternative plans for vendors who arrive late. Please arrive on time.

Placement Within GSM Site


  • GSM's Director determines the location of the market itself.

  • GSM’s Manager determines the placement of the vendors’ stalls within the market.

  • Vendors will be provided with space sizes that will accommodate at least a 6’ distance between them and the next vendor. Placements are not permanent and may be changed at the discretion of market management for any market session.

  • Vendors with CSA programs can deliver to their customers for pick up at GSM. 


Set Up Protocol


Vendors will be assigned to a site that provides at least a six-foot distance between them and the neighboring vendor(s).


Vendors are required to use impermeable barriers (i.e., tables, vehicles, tents, weights, etc.) between themselves and customers to maintain at least a six-foot distance between them, other vendors and customers.


GSM will:

  • clearly mark any area where guests queue with appropriate physical distancing guidance and will post signage to facilitate social distancing.

  • state the total number of shoppers allowed into the market footprint at one time and continually track the number of shoppers entering, picking up orders and exiting to avoid overcrowding and keep the customers moving through the market

  • provide practical visual guidance so customers may easily follow directional passageways for foot traffic



Operational Protocol


Protective gear must be worn by staff, vendors, volunteers and customers.

  • Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth, unless a person has a

medical condition or disability that prevents safely wearing a face covering or is a child under the age of two.


  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required to be worn in the market site by staff, vendors, volunteers and customers. GSM will provide disposable masks and gloves to those who don’t have this gear.


Sanitation Protocol


  • GSM will provide staff and volunteer training on cleaning procedures to ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants

  • GSM’s tables, tents, barricades, chairs, and other high-touch surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to opening and throughout the day

  • GSM will ensure hand sanitizer is readily available for both customer, staff and volunteer use

  • GSM will clean high-touch surfaces used by staff and volunteers at least every 30 minutes

  • Vendors are responsible to clean high-touch surfaces at their market stall prior to opening and throughout the day

  • Only vendors may handle produce or other products

  • Vendors and staff are required to wear gloves following standard food handling guidelines



CDPH & CDC Testing & Tracing Protocols 


GSM requires its staff and volunteers to self-screen* to ensure that no symptoms of COVID-19 are present. Any staff member or volunteer reporting any COVID-19 related symptoms will be prohibited from working at the market and will be required to self-quarantine according to CDC guidelines.


In addition, GSM will be using an infrared thermometer to take the temperature of every staff member, vendor, vendor rep, volunteer and shopper. Any individual registering a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied entry into the market site.


Staff, vendors and volunteers will follow Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) testing and tracing protocols including administering a self-screening questionnaire and having their body temperature taken by non-invasive infra-red thermometers. If temperature is in the normal range, they will be allowed in to work at the market. If temperature is not in the normal range, they will be sent home and CDPH and CDC testing and tracing protocols will proceed.



*Self-screening sample questionnaire

  1. Have you had a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or have you used a fever reducer in the previous 24 hours to treat a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

  2. Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  3. Do you have a new or worsening sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  4. Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  5. Have you recently developed a complete loss of smell or taste?


Shopping at GSM in 2021


GSM will not provide onsite shopping transactions except for SNAP/Link Shoppers. Shoppers who use SNAP/Link cards can swipe their card and enter their PIN at the GSM Entrance Table where they will receive GSM tokens for their swipe amount and matching paper vouchers for the matching grant from LinkUp Illinois.


GSM will provide information for shoppers on which vendors accept cash, credit and debit cards.

GSM's token program will be phased out in 2021 for credit and debit card shoppers. No new token transactions will occur at GSM. Shoppers with tokens purchased in the past may use them in 2021. Vendors will be reimbursed accordingly.


Food Access at GSM


GSM remains committed to providing multiple ways for individuals who would like to shop at the market to do so. GSM intends to provide dollar for dollar matching grants to SNAP/Link shoppers in 2021 of up to $10.00 per market per shopper while funds last. If you have questions or ideas about these programs, please contact the GSM Director at



  • No ready-to-eat foods

  • No hot foods

  • No unpackaged foods

  • No food preparation onsite



Products Prohibited at GSM at all times:

  • Live birds or animals for human consumption.

  • Fresh, unfrozen meat and poultry.

  • Products that have not been approved by GSM.

  • Unauthorized agricultural products.

  • Hobby ware, art objects, and all types of crafts and clothing.

  • Substandard products.