ATTENTION: The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is currently not approving any more new vendors until January 2014. All potential vendors who wish to fill out the vendor interest form will be able to starting again in January.
For a comprehensive list of everyone involved with the Downtown Farmers Market, view the Farmers at Market tab in the menu at the top of the screen.
If you are interested in participating in the WDFM as an agricultural vendor, here’s the process:
- Find out if you qualify.
- Fill out the Vendor Interest Form. (Not open again until January 2014).
- The WDFM Market Manager and Board will review your information – and make a decision whether your business meets our Vendor Criteria – as outlined in the City of Waco’s Farmers Market Permit (see below). Expect up to two weeks for processing.
- Pending Board approval, you will receive the appropriate Vendor Application (agricultural, prepared/artisan food, non-agricultural). Fill out application and return to the Market Manager.
- You will be added to the WDFM Vendor Email List to receive weekly updates on the site plan and pertinent info for specific Market days.
- Spaces at Market are reserved according to tenure at Market – and need for electricity.
Annual membership is $50. Weekly showing fee is $25/Saturday. Electricity is an additional fee – $10/week. No new vendors will be added to the Market the Friday before Market Day – do not call and expect to have a space reserved.
- Vendor Interest Form for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.
- For complete rules about becoming a Market Vendor, here is the most current version of the City of Waco’s Farmers Market Permit Ordinance.
- Vendor Rules & Regulations can be reviewed here (PDF document).
- McLennan County Health Department’s Food Vendor Requirements – ie the checklist the Health Department uses to make sure your food is safe for public sale and consumption.
- McLennan County Health Department’s Temporary Food Permit – needed for vending at special events throughout the County.
- If you are interested in selling processed or value-added goods (jams, breads, krauts), you must obtain a Food Manufacturers License from the Department of Health and Human Services – as well as operate out of a commercial kitchen.
- Link to obtain your Food Managers License via an online certification course
- If you suspect a vendor is re-selling produce at Market, please fill out the Vendor Re-Selling Complaint form and return it to the Market Manager or WDFM Board member.