Become A Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at Portland Farmers Market, a collection of seven vibrant markets serving the Portland area. Portland Farmers Market is proud to serve as a small business incubator for the many wonderful farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers 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.

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Step 1: See If You Qualify

Portland Farmers Market is strictly a food and farms marketplace. We are interested in showcasing locally grown, raised, sourced and produced products. Businesses with value-added products have priority if at least 25% of the ingredients used in the products are sourced directly from Oregon and SW Washington farms, with preference given to participating PFM farm vendors. PFM considers local sourcing to be the farm-direct purchasing of locally grown or raised, raw agricultural products, which does not include local distributors.

We will not accept the following items at our markets. Further information can be found in our Vendor Handbook in Step 2 below.

  • Crafts
  • Carnival-like foods such as: cotton candy, candy apples, candied nuts, kettle corn, toffee, brittle, taffy
  • Overly processed and/or fried foods
  • Nationally distributed products
  • 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 the Market Rules and Regulations

Now that you know your business may be a good fit for our markets, please read our 2016 Vendor Handbook to learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions, and for additional information about the requirements and expectations of participating in one of our markets.

Step 3: Submit Vendor Interest Form

Now that you know your business may qualify for our markets, please submit a Vendor Interest Form. Filling out a VIF is the first step in the process of becoming a PFM vendor. Based on the information submitted in your VIF, we will send you an email letting you know if your business is a potential fit for our markets.

Step 4: Invitation to Submit Formal Application

If we feel your business may be a good fit for our markets, we will contact you again during our formal application period in January with an invitation to submit an 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 be in contact with prospective vendors.
  • 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.