Peak Season Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Fishers Farmers’ Market vendor. The Fishers Farmers’ Market is proud to serve as a small business accelerator for the many wonderful farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and egg growers, and specialty food producers Central Indiana has to offer. We strive to create a diverse marketplace with a wide variety of the highest quality locally produced products available.
The 2020 Fishers Farmers' Market will take place every Saturday from May 2 through October 31, 2020 from 8 am to noon at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.
The online application for the 2020 Fishers Farmers' Market will be available in early January 2020. You may email the Market Manager to have your email address added to a list of potential vendors who will be notified when the 2020 market application becomes available.
Average Attendance at the Fishers Farmers' Market
Following the 2018 summer market, our vendors reported that:
- 91% were satisfied or very satisfied with the Fishers Farmers' Market
- 46% realized gross sales higher or much Higher than the previous market
- 100% would recommend the Fishers Farmers' Market to other vendors
How to Apply
Complete information about how to apply for the 2020 Fishers Farmers' Market will be available here in early January 2020. Following is an overview of the vendor application and selection process
The Fishers Farmers' Market is strictly a food and farms marketplace. We are interested in showcasing locally grown, raised, sourced, and produced products. We do not accept vendors of arts/crafts, services, or merchandise of any kind.
All products sold at the Fishers Farmers' Market must be grown, raised, or made in Indiana by the vendor (unless otherwise noted in the Vendor Handbook - coming soon!). Vendors at the Fishers Farmers' Market must reside in Indiana.
Please note: The Fishers Farmers' Market does NOT accept the following items:
- Arts/crafts, services, or merchandise;
- Dietary supplements, vitamins, herbals and botanicals, etc.;
- Food items not grown, produced, and/or processed by the vendor;
- Non-food items unless grown and processed by the producer (flowers, soap, lotion, beeswax candles);
- Products from Home-Based Vendors (HBV); all new vendors must prepare their products in a permitted commercial kitchen to better ensure the health and safety of our customers.
- Any product not produced in Indiana (unless an approved Specialty Food);
- Beverages not produced by vendor business (such as canned soda or juice, energy drinks);
- Carnival foods such as: corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, funnel cake, kettle corn, toffee, taffy, etc.;
- Nationally/internationally distributed products (defined as distribution to 10 or more states);
- Farmed salmon or salmon products (must be wild-caught);
- Products from businesses that operate under a franchise agreement.
During the market season May through October, we offer an information table area called Info Row adjacent to the market. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other groups or individuals may register for a booth space, pay a small fee per Saturday per space, and set up a booth in the designated area near the market to distribute information about their services or products.
Market Rules & Regulations
Please read our Vendor Handbook carefully to learn more about the Fishers Farmers' Market and the requirements and expectations for vendors participating in our market. The 2020 Vendor Handbook will be available in early January 2020.
Note our new Sustainability Initiative for 2019 focuses on reducing waste from single-use plastic shopping bags. Vendors may not distribute new single-use plastic bags with handles for customer purchases.
All prospective vendors must submit a completed application, even if they have been a vendor at the Fishers Farmers' Market in the past.
Applicants must list each product they wish to sell at their booth during the market season on their application. Products not listed on the application may not be sold at the market without pre-approval from the Market Manager. A vendor may not necessarily be approved to sell all types of products for which they apply.
Application Review & Vendor Selection
The Fishers Farmers' Market is fortunate to have returning vendors who come year after year. Consideration will be given to those vendors with seniority. Highest priority will be given to farmers, growers, and producers.
New vendor applicants are interviewed by phone and may be asked to submit samples of their products for market staff to evaluate.
All vendors must be approved before they are admitted to sell at the Fishers Farmers' Market. Vendors are not selected on a first-come first-served basis. Vendor selection criteria are designed to keep the market fresh, interesting for customers, and profitable for vendors. The Fishers Farmers' Market does not offer exclusivity for any vendor, company, brand, or products sold.
The Fishers Farmers' Market strives to be an accelerator for local food entrepreneurs grow new businesses. It is not our intent to penalize concession and/or prepared food vendors for being successful, but our goal is to provide opportunities and support for emerging food producers rather than larger, well-established businesses. The reality is that some food businesses are simply too big for the farmers' market. We generally do not approve vendors with more than one brick-and-mortar (retail) location and prefer to provide market space to vendors who do not have retail stores.
Other vendor selection criteria include:
- History with the Fishers Farmers' Market including but not limited to: adherence to market rules and regulations; number of years participated in the market; weekly market attendance/tardiness record; and payment of fees.
- History of Health Department violations.
- Enhancement of overall product mix at the market without creating excessive supply of any one product as determined by the Market Manager and selection committee.
- Quality of products for sale by vendor as well as attractiveness and presentation of products/displays at vendor’s booth.
- We no longer accept new Home-Based Vendors (HBV); all new vendors must prepare their products in a commercial kitchen to better ensure the health and safety of our customers.
Selected vendors will receive confirmation of the dates for which they are approved and request for payment of the booth fee. Payment is due when the vendor is approved (please do not send payment with application).