Columbia Farmers Market

Become a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Columbia Farmers Market.  As a Producer-Only Market, everything sold at the Columbia Farmers Market is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain the culture, economy, and environment of our region. If you did not grow or produce it yourself, you cannot sell it here. This ensures the freshest and highest quality product for our consumers. Vendors must be located within a 50 mile radius of the Columbia Farmers Market (1769 W. Ash Street).

Resources

Before applying, make sure you are in compliance with all federal, state, county and city rules that apply to your products. The below links will provide you with the necessary resources and contacts to ensure you are eligible to sell at the Columbia Farmers Market.

Vendor categories

CFM defines vendor categories with what the vendor expects 51 percent of their products, in their possession, at the opening bell to be. It is expected that vendors have that majority of that product type through the entirety of the season.
Farmers

Farmers are persons actively involved in the planting, growing, harvesting and/or raising of agricultural products/animals on owned, rented, or leased land.

Farm Products are those items grown or raised by the farmer upon land that s/he controls through ownership, lease, rental or other legal agreement. These products are fruits and vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, dairy, grains, herbs, flowers, plants, meat, fish, and animal derived products.

Farmer Processors

Farmer Processors are persons actively involved in the processing of product sold at the market that was grown/raised by the member. A Farmer Processor may sell processed farm goods, value-added processed farm foods, and on-premise prepared farm foods.

Processed Farm Products are products made from scratch, using raw agricultural products a majority of which are grown/raised and then produced by the member. These products include all farm products that were in some way processed including cheeses, dairy, meats, dried fruits and vegetables, juices, jams and jellies, canned goods, baked goods, prepared foods or other processed agricultural and livestock food products. If additional items such as condiments, bread products, fruits or vegetables, etc. would enhance products, every effort should be made to obtain the additional items locally, preferably from other CFM vendors.

In order to maintain the farm and food focus of CFM, the combined total of Non Farmer Processors, Artisan Producers, and Service vendors shall not number more than 20 percent of the total membership.
Non Farmer Processors

Non Farmer Processors process farm products that are not grown by the processor, but process products which the vendor made from raw ingredients which have then been cooked, canned, dried, baked, preserved, or otherwise significantly treated.

Processed Non Farm Products are made from scratch, using raw ingredients, not grown by the member. These may include cheeses, dairy, meats, dried fruits and vegetables, juices, jams, canned goods, baked goods, prepared foods or other processed agricultural and livestock food products. Every effort should be made to obtain primary ingredients locally, preferably from other CFM vendors. Additionally if main products would be enhanced by additional items such as condiments, bread products, fruits or vegetables, etc., every effort should be made to obtain the additional items locally, preferably from other CFM vendors.

Artisan Producers

Artisan Producers are persons actively involved in the creation of unique, high-quality, hand-crafted products not meant for consumption.

Artisan Products are agriculturally related or body products, made from scratch using raw ingredients not grown by the member. Every effort must be made to obtain ingredients from other CFM vendors. In order to maintain the farm and food focus of CFM, this category typically does not allow arts and crafts vendors.

Service

Service are vendors that offer services for cooks and gardeners. CFM may allow some booths for services, on a limited basis.

Cooperatives

Cooperatives are formal not for profit and/or community organizational groups of growers or producers and shall be considered based on space availability, market needs, and product offerings. Cooperative vendor products must fall under one of the product categories listed above. (Not eligible for memberships.)  Vending fees for Cooperatives are the same as for other vendors selling goods at CFM.

If you are a nonprofit organization or community information group wishing to participate at CFM, but not sell goods, please refer to our Tabling Guidelines

We are currently at maximum capacity for Non-Farmer Vendors

(Including Non-Farmer Processor, Artisan Producer, and Service vendors.) These vendors are welcome to apply to sell at the weekday markets. Please contact us at manager@columbiafarmersmarket.org for more details on how to get on our waiting list.

Columbia Farmers Market fees

Pre-Vending Fees

Application Fee: $30 – To be considered to vend at the Columbia Farmers Market all potential vendors must submit an application. The application will be submitted to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director will notify the applicant of the Board’s decision. The application fee only applies to new applicants.

Inspection Fee: $40 – All approved vendors must be inspected before selling.  This fee only applies to first-year members.

Applications Deadlines:

  • Summer Season: Open
  • Weekday Season: Open
  • Winter Season: Open

 

Summer Season

Columbia Farmers Market Membership: $450 - A membership allows members to sell at any Saturday during the Summer Season. All members in good standing are able to vote at the annual membership meetings, run for Board of Directors, and obtain an annual stall.  All market fees are non-refundable. Additional stall fees will be applied when applicable. 

Summer Season Annual Stall: $240 (1st stall) and $285 (2nd stall) - An annual stall allows a member to sell in the same booth every Saturday.  Must be a member in good standing and participate in the annual Stall lottery to receive a stall, if available.  Annual stalls are acquired through seniority at the Columbia Farmers Market.  First year members are not eligible for an annual stall.

Member Only Vending Fee (no annual stall): $20 per Saturday - All members without an annual stall pay $20 per Saturday to sell at the Columbia Farmers Market.  The fee caps after 12 markets, or $240. First-year members are exempt from this booth fee.

Package Discounts - If vendors purchase the Weekday Season Package and/or Winter Season Package in addition to the Summer Season discounts will be offered.  To receive discounts you must 1) purchase the Season, in addition to the Summer Season, and 2) submit an application and pay fees by the third Tuesday in February.  See each discount option under the below Seasons.

Daily Vendor (Non-Member): $75 (1 stall) - Pending market space

Weekday Season

Weekday Season Fees:

  • Tuesday Market: $130
  • Thursday Market: $130
  • Both Tuesday and Thursday Market: $250

Weekday Season Package Discounts (must be purchased with a membership):

  • -$25 (Tues OR Thurs Mkt)
  • -$100 (Tues AND Thurs Mkts 1 stall)
  • -$200 (Tues AND Thurs Mkts 2 stalls)

Weekday Season Daily Fees: $10 per stall

Winter Season

Winter Season Fee:

  • $400 (1 stall)
  • $600 (2 stalls)

Winter Season Package Discounts (must be purchased with a membership):

  • -$50 (1 stall)
  • -$100 (2 stalls)

Winter Season Daily Fees: $30 per stall

Before applying...

If applicable to your business, please make sure that you have the following permits/certificates to attach to your application:

  • Better Process School
  • Certified Mushroom Expert
  • Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Operating Permit
  • Columbia Business License
  • Dairy Manufacturing Plant License
  • Food Establishment Inspection Report (Inspected Kitchen)
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan
  • Missouri Department of Agriculture Commercial Feed License
  • Missouri State Egg License
  • Nursery Growers or Nursery Dealers License
  • Proof of Certified Organic Certification
  • Other permits/licenses required by local, state, or federal Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, USDA, or Department of Agriculture not listed.
Apply now

Fees can be mailed to:

Columbia Farmers Market
P.O. Box 10012
Columbia, MO 65205

All fees are non-refundable.

Questions?

Contact Executive Director: Corrina Smith manager@columbiafarmersmarket.org.

more products, please

Columbia Farmers Market is particularly interested in adding the following products to our market:

  • dairy products
  • fish
  • stone fruits
  • turkey
  • goat
  • certified organic vegetables
  • rabbit
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