If you are interested in participating in the WDFM as a vendor, here’s the process:
1. find out if you qualify
The Waco Downtown Farmers Market maintains a strict focus on food and farms. We are a producers’ market interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods. In keeping with the City of Waco’s Farmers Market Permit Ordinance, we have limited space to offer non-agricultural, non-local products. We will not accept the following items at our market:
– Agricultural items not grown by the vendor within 150 miles of Waco
– Non-food items not grown and processed by the producer (e.g., flowers, herb tinctures, beeswax candles) within 150 miles of Waco
– Prepared foods that do not source local ingredients into their meals
– Crafts not made with local ingredients. Crafts made with local mesquite, wool, seeds, bamboo, cotton, beeswax, goat’s milk, etc. will be considered.
2. REFERENCE OUR EVALUATION TOOL
Please reference our Rubric for Potential and Current Vendors to see if you meet the necessary requirements to be considered for approval. The Operations Committee will use this tool to evaluate your application, so please be sure to read it thoroughly before applying.
3. purchase an application
4. application review
The Market Manager and Operations Committee review applications the first week of each month, and make decisions based on our Vendor Criteria – as outlined in the City of Waco’s Farmers Market Permit (see below). Expect up to two weeks for processing.
Pending Market approval, you will receive additional Vendor Documents (Market Token Information Sheet, and SNAP Program Agreement Form) to fill out and return to the Market Manager prior to your first market day.
5. market approval
You will be added to the WDFM Vendor Email List to receive weekly updates on the site plan and pertinent info for upcoming Market days
6. vendor updates
Spaces at Market are reserved according to tenure at Market and electrical needs.
– Application Fee is $20 (non-refundable).
– Annual membership is $50 (due on or before your SECOND market day).
– Single booth fee is $35/week or a double booth for $70/week.
– Electricity is an additional fee of $10/week.
7. market spaces
– For complete rules about becoming a Market Vendor, here is the most current version of the City of Waco’s Farmers Marker Permit Ordinance.
– Vendor Rules & Regulations can be reviewed here.
– 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 (ready-to-eat foods, most canned items, etc), 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.