Farmers' Market FAQ

How do I become an SFC Farmers' Market Vendor?

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at our SFC Farmers' Markets. Both of our Markets are producer-only, which means that farmers may only sell what they grow, and other vendors can only sell products that they themselves produce.

Before you Apply:

We require significant incorporation of local products in value-added goods. If you are a Non Agricultural Vendor applying to the Market make sure to explicitly list your partnerships with other local producers.

The SFC Farmers' Markets are proud supporters of 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.

Market Openings

We appreciate all applications to the market, but at the moment we are not accepting any new applications from:

  • Jewelers at the Downtown Market
  • Sweet baked goods vendors at both Markets
  • Body care products vendors at both markets

Vendor Onboarding is paused during the months of July and August.

Vendor Application:

1. Do you know what type of vendor you are?

  • Agricultural Producers are any vendor who grows, raises, or wild-harvests a food product for the market.
  • Non-Agricultural Producers who incorporate local goods into their products are welcome at our markets.

Read our SFC Farmers’ Market Policy (pg. 6) to learn more!

2. Do you know which permits you need?

Selling at our SFC Farmers’ Markets requires permits issued by local public health authorities.

Additionally, Selling non-edible plants will require a Nursery Floral License by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Once you are approved as a vendor, we will help walk you through the proper permits required for your business.

If you would like to know more about local permitting and regulation please visit: http://austintexas.gov/department/farmers-markets

3. Have you read the SFC Farmers’ Market Policy?

Make sure you read our SFC Farmers’ Market Policy manual before you apply!

4. Additional Applications Considerations:

  • The application process can take a few weeks, please allow 7-10 business days for a response to your initial application.
  • The annual fee for a Farmers’ Market Vendor is $125, collected in March. You will be required to submit a prorated annual fee payment before your first day at the market.
  • Farm and facility visits are required for agricultural producers.
  • If you are a busker, activity provider, or other non profit organization that wants to partner with us on an activation please read more here.
  • The application fee is not refundable
  • All decisions are final.

How do I become a Corporate Sponsor of the Markets?

Sponsoring the SFC Farmers' Markets gives your business access to reach more than 4,400 visitors per week (during peak season) who are health/wellness minded, and passionate about local food and businesses.

Organizations will be given 10X10 space in the market to interact with customers in a meaningful experiential activity that ties-in with the feel of the farmers’ market.

Want to be a sponsor for the market for a year, or even a day? Download our Sponsorship Packet below and contact us to learn more!

Contact: Betsy Boone, Development and Marketing Manager

betsy@sustainablefoodcenter.org

512-220-1086

What's in season?

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

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.

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

SFC is looking for interactive children and adult activities that can be done at the farmers’ market. We will provide you with a space in the market and you can promote your nonprofit, services, etc. You can collect information from market patrons, but cannot collect payment or fundraise at market.

You should turn in the application at least three weeks before you would like to attend market. We will review the application, available dates, and alignment with our mission.

Please review the SFC Farmers' Market Policy Manual for additional requirements.

APPLY HERE

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

We are delighted to host musicians that take the stage at our markets. However, our musician rosters are currently full. We are not seeking additional musicians for market at this time.

Is there an ATM at the markets?

The Downtown and Sunset Valley farmers' market locations offer ATMs. Go to the SFC Information Tent and ask for the location of the market ATM.

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