Vendor Information

Vendor applications open in January 2023

Please note: applications are reviewed and approved in the order they are received for the farmers market season. The Owosso Farmers Market season starts the first weekend of May 2023.

A single vendor space for the DOFM is 10’x10′. Vendors are required to supply their own table, table covering, and marketing materials. A tent with 25lb weights is strongly encouraged, but not required. All farmers market events are rain or shine. In the chance there is inclement weather, we will provide vendors with indoor set up inside main floor of The Armory.

All vendors must apply each season to participate in the market for the year. Returning seasonal vendors will have preference to their previous spot.

Vendors wanting to re-sell unique items or provide a specialty services are welcomed to apply! We have a limited amount of spaces available per vendor category. Please note: previous direct sales only vendors will be considered, but we do not allow any new direct sale only vendors. No more than 50% of “other” vendor products can be wholesale or brokered items. Our goal is to provide locally grown and produced items from small businesses at our Farmers Market. Agricultural vendors are required to produce no less than 80% of the perishable items and produce. Any items not grown directly by you must be produced in Michigan approved by the market for sales. Any wholesale produce items from other MI farms must clearly note a name and/or farm location on signage.

The DOFM prohibits vendors from: any sales of raffle tickets, all forms of organized or intended soliciting and/or political activity or displays. Distribution of content-based literature or marketing is not permitted within the market. DOFM has a zero tolerance policy for any form of discrimination and harassment towards any staff member, volunteer, vendor or customer. All vendors, staff, volunteers are expected to act in a professional manner and to treat one another with respect. Smoking at a vendor space or inside the Farmers Market is prohibited.

Regular attendance is expected. Any vendor committing to a full season is allotted up to 5 missed farmers market Saturdays. Half season vendors are allotted up to 3 missed Saturdays. If a vendor misses more than the allotted amount, they will be subject to loss of their designated space. Attendance is an important requirement for our vendors, this provides consistency to the markets customers and overall success as a whole. There are no refunds under any circumstances. 

Please be thorough and accurate when completing the vendor application! The information your provide and product items you list is what we base your acceptance off of.

2023 applications open in January

Each application is reviewed by our vendor jury team, in the order they are received, to ensure that your products meet the criteria above and to limit vendor redundancy. We have the right to approve or deny any vendor application. If approved, we will contact you and require the following: any necessary permits/insurance information, a signed market agreement with your vendor fee. If your application is declined, you may appeal this decision by emailing DOFM within 24 hours of notice. Vendors shall comply with all rules and regulations set by the State of Michigan and Shiawassee County relating to the products they sell.  It is the sole responsibility of each vendor to be familiar with and abide by all state and federal regulations pertaining to the production, harvest, preparation, preservation, labeling, and safety of products sold at the market. More information can be found  here.

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