How do I become a 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. Currently we are not taking on additional vendors at our Downtown Farmers' Market, but applications are open for the Sunset Valley Farmers' Market. 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?

2. Do you know which Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market locations you would like to attend?

***We are not currently seeking Downtown applicants until Spring 2018***

3. Do you know which permits you need?

We have tried to simplify the process as much as possible with this table, but not all permits transfer across markets. Be sure you know which ones you need. For additional questions and a full list of laws and government policies please visit:

http://austintexas.gov/department/farmers-markets

 

Farmers' Market Permit to Operate

WIC

FMNP

Food Handlers

Food Manager

CPF Cert of Occupancy

Site Visit

Annual Fee

Farmer
Plant Products; Fruit and Veggie, Herb, etc.

N/A

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

Rancher
Animal Products; Meat, Dairy, Egg, etc.

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

Other (Agrarian)
Other Agrarian; Honey, Fish, Insects, etc.

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

Ready to Eat
Fresh Samples, On-site Consumption

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

Prepared Foods
Pre-packed Samples, Off-site Consumption

X

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

Cottage Food
Non-perishables and Small Operations

N/A

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

Artisan
Non-Edible Crafstmanship

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Service
Services Provided AT Market

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Which permit(s) do I need?

*** If your operation is a mix of categories you are required to acquire permitting for all categories covering the products you provide***

For example: If you are a Farmer that sells eggs you must also acquire the permits required for the handling and sale of eggs (Ranch). If you are a Rancher that sells produce then you must also complete WIC and FMNP permitting (Farm). If you are an Ag Producer that provides samples you must be permitted to distribute samples to the public (Permits and licenses required would depend on the nature of the samples provided).

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

5. Do you have your $25 application fee ready?

6. If accepted you will be required to:

  • Provide copies of all necessary permits, certifications, and licenses
  • Pay the $125 Annual Fee prior to starting markets

* These rates were determined by the SFC Farmers’ Market Vendor Council

***Currently, we are only processing applications from Agricultural Producers (Farm, Ranch, Other) until spring 2018. In the spring we will resume processing all applications. Any non-agricultural applications received in this time frame will be processed when we resume.***

What to expect from the application process

The SFC Farmers’ Market team reviews applications together on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. The primary criteria that we are looking for is ensuring that your application fits within our SFC Farmers’ Market Policy guidelines, but we also check to see if the product you sell is currently saturated at the market location(s) that you are applying for, and consider any other factors that may be relevant to your application.

After review, we will contact you with one of three possible statuses:

  • Approved – You have been provisionally approved and will be required to provide copies of all necessary permits, certificates, licenses, and pay your Annual Fee. Once all permits, certifications, licenses, and fees are received new vendors will be given a start date for the first market of the month following.
  • Hold – Your application will be kept on file for one year and if a spot opens up at the market you will be notified.
  • Rejected – You have not been accepted, most commonly due to the business not meeting the criteria laid out in our SFC Farmers' Market Policy.