Become a vendor
We are a producer-direct market whose vendors take pride in providing a unique, high-quality product that is grown, raised, harvested, gathered or produced locally for our community. Our vendors and customers alike often remark on the cozy, neighborhood feel of our growing market. On market day, there is a palpable energy between shoppers, vendors, market staff and volunteers. This enjoyment of the market experience is why we love Montavilla Farmers Market.
DATES for the 2017-2018 season
May 7th through October 29th, 2017
Thanksgiving market on November 19th, 2017
Winter Stock-Up Markets on December 17th, 2017 and January 14th & February 11th 2018.
May through November: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Winter Stock-Ups: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
7700 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood.
MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:
- locally grown and/or processed ingredients
- locally sourced ingredients (direct from grower/producer)
- striving to use environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods
- offerings based on availability within natural season of growth
- artisan production and uniqueness of processor
- minimal packaging with lowest impact materials
- reduction/avoidance of genetically modified-containing ingredients
- no use of growth hormone
- returning vendors that are in good standing with the organization
HOW TO APPLY
The Priority Application Period runs from January 4th – January 18th, 2017. Applicants applying during this time will be notified of their status by February 1st, 2017. After that time, the application will re-open on February 15th, 2017 and vendor applicants will be contacted only as space and category become available.
All applicants must read the 2017 MFM Vendor Handbook before applying. Please review it thoroughly and use the checklist on page 4 as guide for submitting a complete application -- which could include the addition of a secondary product application, an ingredient sourcing form, and scheduling a product jury, depending on the type of vendor.
The vendor handbook is where you'll find details about the types of businesses that may vend at MFM, fees and payments plans, accepting tokens and Double Up Food Bucks, plus with all on-site logistics for market day. Vendors and their on-site market staff are expected to have working knowledge of the policies and expectations contained within the handbook.
To vendors interested in applying for the Winter Stock-Up Markets on January 15th and February 12th, 2017: Please use the application at Manage My Market labeled for those two markets. If you also want to apply for the main 2017-2018 season, you will also need to turn in a separate 2017-2018 application.
Vendor Application Links:
Helpful links for preparing to bring your product to market:
- Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets (for farms)
- Labeling Organic Products (for food processors/makers)
- ODA Farm Direct Marketing, Producer Processed Products
- Oregon's Farm Direct Marketing Law: Producer-Processed Value-Added Products, a guide for farmers and market managers
- ODA Farm Direct Marketing, Agricultural Products
- ODA Scales Guidelines for Weights & Measures
- ODA Food Safety & Licensing Program
- ODA Food Safety at Farmers Markets, Information and Guidelines
- Where to get your questions answered by an ODA Food Safety specialist
- ODA Licensing for Food Processing (Food Makers)
- ODA Licensing for Home (Domestic) Kitchens
- Home Bakery License Exemption
- Multnomah County Health Dept Temporary Restaurant License
- FAQs about Temporary Restaurant Licenses
- Multnomah County Food Handlers License
- How to sell from a temporary restaurant booth (video)
- How to find and rent a commercial kitchen (video)
- Kitchencommons.net (list of commercial kitchens for rent in Portland)
- Micro Mercantes Resources and Checklist for Food Start-Ups
- Micro Mercantes Food Business Advising and Boot Camps
- OSU food entrepreneur product development services
- PSU The Business of Artisan Food online course
- PSU Getting Your Recipe to Market program
- PSU Getting Your Recipe to Market (video)
- How to Get Accepted Into Farmers Markets