Become A Vendor

Koushila Koirala, Pabitra Dhimal and Kali Dhungel from Nepal and Bhutan

Step 1: See 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 2016 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 the Market Rules & Regulations

As a prospective vendor, you have many questions about how to join PFM. Download the Prospective Vendor Manual to learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

If you are interested in additional information about the requirements and expectations at participating in one of our markets, download the 2015 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.

Go to the Vendor Interest Form page.

Please note: The application period for the 2015 season has closed. Any Vendor Interest Forms submitted after January 2015 will be considered for the 2016 season.

Step 4: Invitation to Submit Vendor Application

Filling out the vendor interest form 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 the 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.

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, 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.