Farmers' Market FAQ

How do I become an SFC Farmers' Market Vendor?

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at our SFC Farmers' Markets.

The SFC Farmers' Markets are proud to support our Central Texas Agricultural Producers. Similarly, we expect our Value Added vendors to support these producers by sourcing materials and ingredients from them to cultivate a cohesive community in our markets.

Both of our Markets are producer-only: vendors may only sell what they grow, raise, make, or harvest themselves.

We're Growing our Markets!

We are actively seeking the following products and services for the market, or other unique products and services that you can bring:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Bread and Tortillas
  • Cheeses
  • Grains and Flours
  • Pantry Staples
  • Ready to Eat Food
  • Wine and Cider
  • Potted Plants
  • Pottery
  • Leather Goods
  • Massage Therapy

Ready to apply? Follow the steps below!

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1. What type of vendor am I?

An Agricultural Producer is any vendor who grows, raises, or wild-harvests a food product themselves

A Value Added Producer is any vendor who incorporates local farm-raised goods to create a final food or artisan product

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2. What kind of permits do I need?

You may need a permit depending on the kind of product you are intending to sell at the market. Please visit our Farmers' Market Permitting FAQ to learn more about permitting.

Acquiring the necessary permits may take a few weeks, so please be aware that this will influence your start date should your application be accepted. We will help walk you through the permitting process required for your business once your application has been approved.

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3. Am I in the right place?

Read our SFC Farmers’ Market Policy Manual before you apply!

If you are a busker, activity provider, or other non-profit organization, please read more here.

If you represent a business and would like to promote your business at our markets, please consider becoming a sponsor.

Application fee is not refundable. All application decisions are final.

What's in season?

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For more information about what you can find at market each week, visit our What's Fresh page for weekly updates.

Here's what you can expect to find at the SFC Farmers' Markets throughout the year:

SPRING (MARCH - MAY)

Look for the pop up of fragrant flowers as well as:

Veggies: Arugula / Asparagus / Beets / Broccoli / Brussels Sprouts / Cabbage / Carrots / Cauliflower / Chard / Collard Greens / Garlic / Kale / Leeks / Lettuce / Mustard Greens / Onions / Potatoes / Radishes / Spinach / Squash / Turnips / Tomatoes.

Herbs: Cilantro / Dill / Mint / Parsley

Fruit: Peaches / Plums / Strawberries

SUMMER (JUNE - AUGust)

Summer, our favorite time of the year! There are abundant quantities of:

Veggies: Arugula / Chard / Cucumbers / Eggplant / Garlic / Green Beans / Lettuce / Mustard Greens / Okra / Onions / Peppers / Potatoes / Pumpkin / Radishes / Squash / Sweet Potatoes / Tomatoes / Turnips

Herbs: Basil and Mint

Fruit: Blackberries / Figs / Melons / Peaches / Pears / Watermelon

FALL (SEPTember  – NOVember):

Fall is like the second summer season (albeit, it is a slower, less productive season), with featuring pecans and a showing of:

Veggies: Arugula / Beets / Broccoli / Cabbage / Cauliflower / Chard / Collard Greens / Cucumbers / Eggplant / Garlic / Green beans / Kale / Mustard Greens / Lettuce / Okra / Onions / Peppers / Potatoes / Pumpkins / Radishes / Spinach / Squash / Sweet Potatoes / Tomatoes / Turnips

Herbs: Basil / Cilantro / Dill / Mint / Parsley

Fruit: Melons

WINTER (DECember - FEBruary):

This is the time for cleansing produce like:

Veggies: Arugula / Beets / Broccoli / Brussels Sprouts / Cabbage / Carrots / Cauliflower / Chard / Collard Greens / Garlic / Kale / Leeks / Mustard Greens / Radishes / Spinach / Swiss Chard / Tomatoes / Turnips

Herbs: Cilantro / Dill / Parsley

Fruit: Grapefruit / Oranges / Strawberries

Is parking free at your markets?

Parking is free at both of our markets!

At Sunset Valley enjoy over 20 acres of free parking in the lot directly adjacent to the market. You can enter the market from the 290/71E service road, or from Jones Rd to the south.

At Downtown the surface parking lot between Guadalupe St. and San Antonio St. is free for market shoppers between 9 AM and 1 PM. Additional parking can be found in the State of Texas Garage at 300 San Antonio St. for $3 - just mention the farmers' market when you drive up!

Is there an ATM at the markets?

The Downtown and Sunset Valley farmers' market locations offer ATMs. Go to the any market entrance and ask staff to direct you to our market ATM.

All markets accept Cash, Debit/Credit (though each varies by vendor) SNAP Lone Star Card, WIC – EBT cards for fruits and vegetables, and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons. Learn more here.

What are the Rules and Regulations of the Market?

In an effort to highlight the benefits of SFC Farmers’ Markets and to be supportive of our vendors we have created a SFC Farmers' Markets Policy Manual. This document includes the rules governing SFC Farmers’ Markets, but also explains how we work together with our vendors to make some of the best markets in Austin.

Permits Needed to Sell at Farmers Markets

Selling at our SFC Farmers’ Markets requires permits issued by local public health authorities. We have done our best to compile information to help you navigate through the permitting process. Find your product in the lines below to learn more about the permits that apply to you.

Please keep in mind that permits are issued per Jurisdiction and are not transferable. You will only need one permit to operate within that jurisdiction.

Fruits, Vegetables, and other Raw Agricultural Products

Whole, uncut, raw agricultural products do not need a farmers’ market permit. Click here to learn more about Austin Public Health’s permit exemptions.

Meat

Selling frozen meat at the markets requires a Class A permit issued by Austin Public Health. Be sure to list the Central Preparation Facility used as the place where you store your product in between markets. Click here to learn more about and apply for a Class A permit.

Eggs

A Class A permit is necessary to sell eggs at both of our markets. Vendors at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown are exempt from paying an application fee, as the City waives fees for farmers selling eggs within the City of Austin. Vendors at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley are not exempt from paying Class A permit fees. Click here to learn more about and apply for a Class A permit.

Non-Edible Plants

Selling non-edible plants at Farmers' Markets requires a Class M Nursery Floral License issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture. You can apply online at the TDA Website.

Ready to Eat Foods and Drinks.

If you are selling consumable ready to eat products to the public, you are required to have a Class A or B farmers’ market permit. Please be sure to check out the Austin Public Health website to learn more about the requirements for the type of permit that you need.

The Texas Cottage Food Law

Texas’ cottage food law allows people to sell shelf stable food products made in their kitchens directly to the public without having to get a food manufacturers’ license, use a commercial kitchen, or be subject to inspections by the state or local health departments.

The list of items that fall under the cottage law and its regulations can be found at the Austin Public Health site.

If you have questions regarding the Texas Cottage Law and its most recent changes, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance website has further details and additional resources.

Sampling at the Farmers Market

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic vendors are unable to provide samples intended for on-site consumption at this time. For more information about our response to the pandemic and ongoing safety protocols at our markets please check our blog here >> https://sustainablefoodcenter.org/latest/blog/sfc-farmers-markets-and-covid-19

Vendors can prepare and provide samples on-site so long as they meet some basic sanitation requirements:

  • Samples must be distributed in a sanitary manner.
  • A person preparing produce samples on-site must either wear clean, disposable plastic gloves while, or wash their hands in soap and water prior to, preparing the samples.
  • Potable water must be available for washing.

Utensils and cutting surfaces used for cutting samples must be smooth, nonabsorbent, and easily cleaned or disposed of.

How do I bring an event or activity to the farmers’ market?

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are not booking events or activities at the markets. For more information about our response to the pandemic and ongoing safety protocols at our markets please check our blog here >> https://sustainablefoodcenter.org/latest/blog/sfc-farmers-markets-and-covid-19

I'm a musician. How do I play at a market?

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are not booking musicians at the markets. For more information about our response to the pandemic and ongoing safety protocols at our markets please check our blog here >> https://sustainablefoodcenter.org/latest/blog/sfc-farmers-markets-and-covid-19