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. We appreciate all applications to the market, but we are limited to the number of vendors we can have at each market, as we strive to create a diverse market structure without compromising our current vendors.
Before you Apply:
1. Do you know what type of vendor you are?
- Value Added producers
Find out by reviewing our SFC Farmers’ Market Policy (pg. 6).
2. Do you know which permits you need?
Selling at our SFC Farmers’ Markets requires permits issued by local public health authorities. 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:
We are currently not accepting any new applications from sweet baked goods vendors or soap makers. We appreciate your consideration - please check back in a few months for updates.
We encourage incorporation of local products in value added goods. If you are a vendor applying to the market, please make sure to explicitly list your partnerships with other local producers. If you are currently not working with local producers, please explain what barriers you are experiencing.
Both SFC Farmers’ 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. This is our assurance to our customers that they are supporting local farmers and are purchasing the best food for themselves and their families.
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?
What's in season?
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
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 Farm Direct Policy Manual for additional requirements.
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.