Farmers Markets Vending Information
Fairfax County Farmers Markets will hosts its annual Prospective Vendor Meeting in January 2014 at Green Spring Gardens.
At this meeting, potential applicants will get information on our 11 markets and learn about the online application system. We are specifically recruiting the following types of vendors for our 2014 season: seafood, organic/certified natural produce, dairy (milk, ice cream and cheese), meat vendors for our Herndon and Wakefield markets and interesting/unusual value-added food products.
For more information please contact Mae Carroll at 703-642-0128 or via e-mail.
Vendor selection for the 2013 farmers market season is complete. Applications for 2014 will be available online and and at the Vendors' Meeting held in January 2014 at Green Spring Gardens Horticultural Center, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. Please read the following information to determine if you meet the requirements to be a vendor. If you meet these requirements, fill in the information at the end of this page if you would like an invitation to the January Vendors' Information Meeting.
The farmers markets sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, is a locally grown, producer-only market system. You must grow, raise or make all products you sell. No distributors, re-selling or brokers are allowed. All produce grown, meat raised and other products made must be within 125 mile radius of Fairfax County.
The Fairfax County Farmers Markets DO NOT allow advertising or publicity for private enterprise or medical services.
There is no mid-season admittance allowed.
The Fairfax County Farmers Market accepts the following products for sale:
- Fruit, jellies, jams, cider, applesauce, fruit butters
- Vegetables, microgreens
- Beef, pork, bison, turkey, chicken, eggs, meat products i.e. sausage, brats
- Baked goods
- Honey, bee pollen products, beeswax candles
- Dairy products, cheese, butter, cheese spreads, ice cream, sorbet
- Potted plants, cut flowers, dried flower arrangements
- Herbs, teas, dry rubs, soups, soup mixes, salsa, pestos, pasta
We DO NOT allow the following items for sale in the market:
- Seafood, freshwater fish
- Coffee, olives
- Candles (beeswax candles are allowed)
- Soaps, lotions
- Clothing, leather goods
- Pottery, paintings, crafts
- Knitted or croqueted items
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:
- If you have questions about the specific laws regarding selling your product at market, the Virginia Cooperative Extension has published a handy guide to get you started.
- Vendors must carry liability insurance with a minimum of $200,000 per occurrence.
- The Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Park Authority and its officers, employees and volunteers will be included as additional insured on the vendor's insurance.
- Vendors must be able to produce enough products for a 24 to 28 week market season.
- Vendors with baked goods and other products prepared in a kitchen are responsible for securing a kitchen inspection through Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or the vendors' state authority on kitchen inspection and provide that certification to the office of the Farmers Market Coordinator.
- Vendors are responsible for providing copies of current certifications of USDA approved facilities they use to make products to the office of the Farmers Market Coordinator, if applicable.
- Vendors are responsible for providing copies of current certification of milk and dairy inspection to the office of the Farmers Market Coordinator, if applicable.
- Vendors are responsible for providing copies of current certification of the agency responsible for processing cider to the office of the Farmers Market Coordinator, if applicable.
If you wish to receive an invitation to the January 2014 Vendors' Meeting, please submit the following information (BOLD items required):
You will be placed on the mailing list for next year. Invitations to the Vendors' Meeting are mailed at the beginning of December. For more information, please call 703-642-0128 TTY 703-803-3354.