Farmers Markets Vending Information
BECOME A VENDOR
Our markets are strictly producer-only, meaning you must grow, raise or make from scratch all products you sell. Distributors, re-selling or brokers are strictly prohibited. All produce grown, meat raised and other products made must be within 125 mile radius of Fairfax County.
The Fairfax County Farmers Market vendor selection process is competitive, based on each market's individual needs. Not all vendors that apply will receive a space at FCFMs. Spaces for baked goods vendors and conventional farmers are particularly competitive. This is especially true for our Saturday markets Reston and Burke. We do not allow any mid-season entry or drop ins.
FCFMs only allow the sale of food items, and do not offer space to crafts vendors or other commercial businesses. A community-zone space is available directly outside of our markets for non-profits, political organizations, and community groups to use on a first come, first served basis.
STEP 1: DO YOU QUALIFY?
In order to qualify to sell at market, your business must be able to confirm all of the following statements.
- My business location is within 125 miles of Green Spring Gardens Park, in Alexandria VA
- I grow, raise, or make all the products that I sell
- I do not sell any hot food
- I do not sell coffee, olive oil, olives, chocolates, or other non-local products
- I do not sell crafts
If you agree with all statements, please move on to Step 2.Approved Items
- Organic and Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) produce vendors
- Dairies, creameries, and artisan cheese
- Value added vendors that feature local ingrediants
- Produce – Vegetables, fruits, microgreens
- Meats – Chicken, turkey, pork, beef, bison, rabbit, sausage, eggs etc
- Seafood – finfish, shellfish, & crustaceans harvested from Chesapeake Bay tributaries
- Dairy – Milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, etc.
- Honey – Bee pollen, beeswax bi-products (candles, body products)
- Baked Goods – Loaves of bread, cookies, cupcakes etc.
- Herbs – Dried herbs, teas
- Plants – Vegetable starters, potted/cut herbs, potted/cut flowers.
- Value Added Products – Any product which is processed from its original form. Ex: soups, fermented products, jams, etc.
- Hot food sold to eat on site – food trucks, BBQ, ect
- Coffee – hot or bagged, even if locally roasted
- Olive Oil – even if locally pressed
- Body products – except those that are a direct byproduct of a farming operation. Ex: honey vendor makes beeswax chap stick with leftover wax.
- Crafts – except those that are a direct byproduct of a farming operation. Ex: Bison vendor sells hide bracelets & wallets
**We do not allow the sale of any product, whose base ingredient cannot be grown in the region. For example coffee, olive oil and chocolate would be considered non-local items and are ineligible to apply to our markets.
STEP 2: AGREE TO OUR RULES AND REGULATIONS
Please review our Rules and Regulations before you apply. When you submit your application you will be required to sign a legal agreement that states you have read and understand these rules and will adhere to them throughout the market season.
STEP 3: APPLY
Our application process is done entirely online through our farmers market management system: ManageMyMarket. There are two parts to the application process. First, you will need to complete the Common Vendor Application, which acts as your vendor profile. Then you will apply to any of our 11 market locations. Help on the process is available on the ManageMyMarket web site.
Application Process Timeline
MID-DECEMBER – Send out email invitation to our 2016 Vender
MID-JANUARY - Vendor Interest Meeting held & Applications open on Managemymarket.com
MID-FEBRUARY - Applications close
MARCH – Vendor Selection
APRIL – Paperwork and payments due
MAY – Markets begin
If you wish to receive an invitation to the January 2017 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.