Become a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at Portland Farmers Market, a collection of eight vibrant markets serving the Portland metro area.  Portland Farmers Market is proud to serve as a small business incubator for the many wonderful farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheesemakers and specialty food producers our area has to offer.  Every vendor is carefully screened with a commitment to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality locally produced products available.

Step 1 Find out if you qualify

Portland Farmers Market is strictly a food and farms marketplace.  We are a producer’s market interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods and will not accept the following items at our markets:

  • Crafts
  • Candied nuts
  • Carnival-like foods, such as; Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, Candied Nuts, Kettle Corn, Toffee, Brittle, Taffy, etc.
  • Portland Farmers Market is not accepting new chocolatiers for the 2015 season.
  • Overly processed and/or fried foods
  • Nationally distributed packaged foods
  • Energy drinks
  • Pet foods
  • Meat and dairy products treated with growth hormones such as rBGH
  • Farmed salmon or salmon products
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
  • Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor
  • Non-food items not grown and processed by the producer (e.g., flowers, herb tinctures, beeswax candles)

Step 2 Learn about market rules and regulations

How much does it cost to have a booth at Portland Farmers Market?  What licenses and permits are required?  What are “market tokens”?  What equipment is needed to set up a booth?

As a prospective vendor, we are sure you have many questions.  To help guide you, we have created a manual that outlines important information you should know about becoming a vendor at Portland Farmers Market.

Download our 2014 Prospective Vendor Manual

If you are interested in additional information about being a vendor at our markets, you may feel free to download our complete 2015 Vendor Handbook. At the very least, we highly suggest you read these key segments from the Vendor Handbook:

Step 3 Submit vendor interest form

Now that you have been introduced to our organization, we would like to learn more about you and your business. Please fill out the form below in order to help us determine whether your business is a match for our markets.  After you submit the form, someone from our organization will be in touch with you within ten business days to explain the next steps in the application process or to direct you to other marketing outlets that may be better suited to your product or business.

Before submitting this vendor interest form, you must agree to the following by inputting your initials at the end of the form in the designated field:

If accepted as a vendor, I AGREE to abide by the Rules and Regulations of Portland Farmers Market, TO OBTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE and any and all necessary PERMITS and LICENSES.

Please note: The application period for the 2014 season is now closed. Any Vendor Interest Forms submitted after January 13, 2014 will be considered for the 2015 season.


Name: *
Business Name: *
Phone Number: *
Email: *
Website:
Please choose which vendor category best describes your business. *
Please select which market(s) you are interested in participating at. *
 Winter Market
 PSU Market
 Pioneer Square Market
 Shemanski Park Market
 Buckman Market
 Northwest Market
 Kenton Market
 King Market
Please list and provide a brief description of the product(s) you wish to sell. *
Please give examples of where you source (or plan to source) your ingredients, listing the names of farms or other local-direct sources where possible. NOTE: Actively Farming vendors please type in N/A. *
If accepted, how would your business help further our mission of contributing to the success of local food growers and producers? Please be as specific as possible when addressing your sourcing, distribution, manufacturing processes, etc. *
If applicable, please list the current and previous sales outlets for your product(s). *
Please type your initials in the box below to indicate that you have read the Rules and Regulations and that you agree. *
Please type the letters and numbers shown in the image.
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Step 4 Invitation to submit vendor application

Filling out the vendor interest form above is the first step in the process of becoming a PFM vendor. Based on the information submitted in your vendor interest form, we will decide if your business is a potential fit for our markets. If so, we will contact you by email with an invitation to submit a more in-depth vendor application. Please note that we only accept NEW vendor applications during the month of January.  As such, you will receive a reminder email in January that will include instructions on how to complete your online vendor application.

Step 5 Application review and status notification

Portland Farmers Market is committed to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality, locally produced products available.  Although Portland Farmers Market reserves unconditional discretion to accept or refuse anyone as a market vendor, the selection process is quite rigorous and takes into consideration many factors, including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market.

  • At the close of the application period, Portland Farmers Market will review all applications and contact prospective vendors within 20 business days.
  • All Non-Farmers (Food Artisans, Bakeries, Hot Food Vendors and Product Representatives) must go through a product jury process before final acceptance.  If you are invited to participate in the product jury, details will be provided to you.
  • All farmers, growers, ranchers and fishers must go through a phone interview or site visit before final acceptance.

Step 6 New vendor orientation

Welcome to Portland Farmers Market!  All new vendors are required to attend a new vendor orientation before the start of market season.  You will receive adequate advance notice about the time, date and location of this orientation meeting.  During the meeting, new vendors will meet Portland Farmers Market staff members, review the rules and regulations provided in the Vendor Handbook and have the opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow members of their new market community.

Find Your Market

Portland Farmers Market includes six markets serving your community; select a market for more information:

Portland State University - Saturday

NOW OPEN YEAR ROUND!
**Closed December 27, 2014**

Mar-Oct: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nov-Feb: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SW Park Ave & SW Montgomery St
Portland, OR 97201

Visit PSU Market Page »

Pioneer Courthouse Square - Monday
Shemanski Park - Wednesday
Buckman - Thursday
Northwest - Thursday
Kenton - Friday
King - Sunday

My favorite part of being a vendor is receiving positive feedback and building relationships with those that support me and my business.”