Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. We love that you are interested in participating at a Farmer Mark run market. It is our goal to make it as easy for you as possible. If your answer isn't below, click here to submit your unanswered question.  

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  •           What a Certified Farmers' Market?
    • California Certified Farmers’ Markets are the “real thing”, places where farmers sell their crops directly to the public.  Before a farmer can sell at a Certified Farmers’ Market, the government checks to make sure the farmer grows the produce the farmer is selling.

  •           Is all the produce at the market organic?

    • We are a certified farmers’ market, so all of our produce is certified as being locally grown in California.  Some of our farmers have the additional certification of being organic. If a farmer is Certified Organic, they will surely have signage indicating so. Regardless, we strongly encourage interaction at the market with our vendors so please ask them questions about their growing practices. You can also ask our friendly market staff to assist you with any questions as well.   

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  •           How can I become a vendor?

    • Please fill out an application on our website. Click the red “Vendor Application” button at the top right corner. We receive lots and lots of applications so be sure to complete the appropriate application thoroughly. The application is your audition!

  •           I applied but haven’t heard back yet?

    • Every application submitted receives a confirmation email with information about our application process. Given the many applications we receive weekly, we only have the resources to reach out to those applications we have an immediate spot to offer.

  •           Do you have a waiting list?

    • No, we do not operate on a waitlist system. We keep all applications on file and consider the best applicant in our database when an opening is available.

  •           Do you accept artisans (non-food arts and crafts)?

    • Currently, we offer an artisan section at all our markets. Examples of artisan participants are: jewelry designers, bath & body products, hand-made stationary designers, painters, photographers, and woven cloth artisans. For artisans, we seek hand-made, locally produced items. Mass produced, multi-level marketing, imported, cottage industry or commercially produced products at NOT ACCEPTED. Products are selected for integrity, creativity, direct marketing value and alignment with our mission.Prepared food items, cut flowers, potted plants or any FRESH agricultural items such as fruits and vegetables are not allowed in any form in the Artisan section (per Ag Regulations).

  •           What types of vendors are a good fit?

    • Our first priority is always to include as many certified farmers into the market as possible.  For food vendors, we prioritize applicants who offer products that contribute to our mission of promoting healthy living and supporting local farmers. For artisans, we seek hand-made, locally produced items. For local businesses/community organizations, we seek those that are operating in the market’s community or adjacent communities.

  •           Do you allow cottage food operators?

  •           Do you allow urban farmers to apply?

    • Yes, we do allow urban farmers to apply, if they have been certified or are willing to get certified as a producer.  In order to avoid unfair competition, we do ask that backyard farmers who sell their product as a supplemental income or hobby do not price their good below a reasonable and fair market price.

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  •           What is your entry fee for the market?
    • We currently have a $5 application processing fee for Artisans and a $25 onboarding processing fee for food vendors (once accepted).
  •           What are your daily fees for the market?
    • Market participants pay a fee based on your sales for that particular day.  The fee is the greater of 12% (7% for Farmers) of your sales or the pre-established minimum set for your business.  The minimum is set based on your type of business and the number of canopies (market space) you utilize. For Local Business booth participants, fees are a fixed amount depending on several factors (market, booth size, etc.). Fees start at $30 per market.
  •           What are some of the main requirements vendors must complete before participating in the market?
    • -Submission of vendor application
      -Completion of new vendor paperwork
      -Obtain necessary permits.
                   ~Farmers: Certified Producer’s Certificate (CPC) from Agricultural Department
                   ~Food Vendors: Temporary Food Facility (TFF) permit from Health Department
       -Submit Insurance (Farmer Mark added as additional insured to to your General Liability Insurance policy).
  •           What supplies must vendors provide for participation?
    • Vendors must provide their own supplies and equipment for use at the market (unless specifically outlined in writing from us).  Some common supplies include, but are not limited to:
      -pop-up canopy, tables and chairs
      -banner with business name and information (see specific requirements on health department website)
      -canopy weights (required due to winds)
      -labels for pre-packaged foods
      -cash box
      -document holder to display business paperwork (i.e. temporary food facility permit or certified producers’ certificate)
      -scale, registered and sealed within previous 12 months (farmers only)
      -Optional: credit card processing system (i.e. Paypal, Square, etc.),

      For vendors who sample/prepare open food:
      - Handwashing station (Hand washing station includes warm water in an insulated container, a bucket to catch the wastewater, liquid pump soap, and single service paper towels.)
      -Disposable single-use gloves
      -Cover, disposable utensils for samples
      -Trash bin
      -3 compartment sink, potable water, and fire extinguisher (food prep vendors only)
  •           What kind of license/health permit do I need to participate?  
    • Farmers need: a current CPC (certified producers’ certificate.)  Product certification is made by the county Agricultural Commissioner in the county of production. You can consult the following website to learn more about becoming certified producer and view contact information for County Agricultural Commissioners: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/cfm.html
      Food vendors need: a current temporary food facility (TFF) permit issued by the health department.  You can consult this link to become familiar with health department requirements: https://cms.ocgov.com/gov/health/eh/food/retail/tff.asp 
  •           Do I need a business license to participate?
    • It is the responsibility of vendors to comply with the regulatory agencies that govern their respective businesses.