Become a vendor

IMG_2366We 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 2018-2019 season
Sundays:
May 6th through October 28th, 2018
Thanksgiving market on November 18th, 2018
Winter Stock-Up Markets on December 23rd, 2018 and January 13th & February 10th 2019.

HOURS
May through November: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Winter Stock-Ups: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

LOCATION
Currently the market is at the 7700 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood, where it has been for 11 seasons. We are a successful market in this location, however we believe the location will be sold, and the market’s board of directors and management are exploring options for moving the market to a new location that can be permanent. Vendors will be kept up to date as information and timelines develop. Questions about location are welcome and can be sent to the market manager at manager@montavillamarket.org, or the market’s board of directors at president@montavillamarket.org.

VENDOR CRITERIA
MFM evaluates a vendor product/producer on the following characteristics when determining acceptance:

  • products grown and harvested locally by the vendor
  • 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 for the 2018/2019 season runs from January 3rd – January 17th, 2018. Applicants applying during this time will be notified of their status by January 31st, 2018. After that time, the application will re-open on February 14th, 2018 on a rolling basis and vendor applicants will be contacted only if space and category become available.

All applicants must read the 2018 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 what type of vendor you may be.

The vendor handbook is where you'll find details about the types of food businesses that may vend at MFM, vendor stall fees and payments plans, accepting market tokens, plus all on-site logistics for market day. Vendors and their on-site market staff are expected to have read the entire handbook and have working knowledge of the policies and expectations contained within it.

To vendors interested in applying for the Winter Stock-Up Markets on January 14th and February 11th, 2018: Please use the application at Manage My Market labeled for those two markets. If you also want to apply for the main 2018-2019 season, you will also need to turn in the separate 2018-2019 application.

Vendor Application Links:

Helpful links for preparing to bring your product to market: