Become A Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor with 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 small farms in Oregon and SW Washington, with preference given to participating PFM farm vendors. This does not include local distributors, such as Bob’s Red Mill and Glory Bee.

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

  • Crafts
  • 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)
  • Any product not produced in Oregon or Washington
  • Beverages not produced by vendor business (i.e. cans of soda or juice and bottled water)
  • Carnival-like foods such as: cotton candy, candy apples, candied nuts, kettle corn, toffee, taffy
  • Overly processed and/or fried foods
  • Nationally/internationally distributed products (defined as distribution to 10+ states OR determined by percentage of total business sales)
  • Energy drinks
  • Pet foods (except when raised by a rancher/farmer AND are minimally processed)
  • 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

Step 2: Learn the Market Rules and Regulations

Please read our 2017 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 a Vendor Interest Form

Now that you know your business may be a good fit for our markets, please submit a Vendor Interest Form.

Please note that the formal application period for the 2017 season is closed. Please submit a vendor interest form and we will be in touch.

Step 4: Submit a Formal Application

During our formal application period in early January we invite interested businesses to formally apply with us for the upcoming season. Our formal application period for the 2017 season is closed. Please submit a vendor interest form and we will be in touch.

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.